Chris Schlarb: Psychic Temple II
Psychic Temple II is a labor of love envisioned by Chris Schlarb to bring his most far-ranging inspirations to life ? as he puts it, ?a dream ensemble that could never actually exist.? The ensemble?s sophomore release was painstakingly constructed over more than a year with the cooperation of some of the most progressive musical minds from a staggering variety of genres.Psychic Temple II reaches beyond the long-form experiments of its predecessor for a more tightly focused yet conceptually dense collection whose songs are no less exploratory for their briefer durations. Schlarb also includes three cover songs by composers who share his boundary-demolishing mindset: Joe Jackson?s ?Steppin? Out,? Frank Zappa?s ?Sofa No. 2,? and Brian Wilson?s ??Til I Die,? a gorgeous, lesser-known Beach Boys song that features vocals by Sufjan Stevens, Castanets? Ray Raposa, and Cryptacize?s Nedelle Torrisi.The New York Observer called Schlarb?s debut solo album, Twilight & Ghost Stories, ?40 minutes of avant-garde bliss,? while Interoceans, recorded with experimental jazz duo I Heart Lung, was chosen by NPR as one of the top five jazz albums of 2008. He composed the score for Nicklas ?Nifflas? Nygren?s video game Nightsky and has received grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and Meet the Composer.
Chris Schlarb: NightSky Soundtrack
Chris Schlarb: Twilight and Ghost Stories
A work of personal identity and deep catharsis, Twilight & Ghost Stories is a dense 40-minute modern composition featuring a disparate cross-section of musicians from the avant-garde, independent folk, jazz and electronic communities (including Dirty Projectors, Sufjan Stevens, Walter Kitindu, Castanets, Parker Paul, Bhob Rainey, and Mick Rossi). A creative and accomplished jazz guitarist, Chris Schlarb cut his teeth producing hip-hop tracks, teaching music workshops and co-founding the free music collective Create (!). Chris Schlarb is also one-half of I Heart Lung, which Tiny Mix Tapes called "some of the most energetic free-jazz to spit out of America." Spanning all of these endeavors, Twilight & Ghost Stories finds Schlarb playing acoustic piano, organ, electric and acoustic guitar as well as tapes and percussion.