Multi-Instrumentalist DOUG WIESELMAN,
Notable Sideman to Antony & The Johnsons,
Lou Reed, Marianne Faithfull, Steven Bernstein’s Millenial Territory Orchestra, Anthony Coleman & Countless Others
Releases From Water,
His First Solo Clarinet Album,
January 21, 2014 via 88 Records
Doug Wieselman is pleased to announce the release of his first ever solo clarinet record – entitled From Water – on Shahzad Ismaily’s 88 Records, on vinyl and various digital formats. Wieselman is known best as a first-call multi-instrumentalist in the rock, pop, electronic and experimental/jazz worlds, frequently playing clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone and guitar and arranging for the likes of Lou Reed, Yoko Ono, Martha Wainwright, Sam Amidon, Iron & Wine, Bettye Lavette, Marianne Faithful, Antony and The Johnsons, Tricky, Jenny Scheinman, Anthony Coleman, Steven Bernstein, Bill Frisell, and many more.
Here he is featured on his first instrument – the clarinet. This music is played on vintage clarinets with live looping through a vintage 1960 Vibrolux amplifier. Co-produced and engineered by fellow multi-instrumentalist and frequent record producer Ismaily, From Water was recorded with eight microphones, to create a multi-dimensional sound field.
The material ranges from solo clarinet with no electronic effects, to multi-layered loops, to a vocal choir (including Dougie Bowne, Miho Hatori, Yuka Honda, Aaron Roche and others). It is a continuation of Wieselman’s explorations first heard on the album Trio S with drummer and frequent collaborator Kenny Wollesen and cellist Jane Scarpantoni, which musician Laurie Anderson described as, “three of my favorite musicians and the music is incandescent.”
Wieselman explains in the liner notes to the album, “This is music primarily made from melodies that I have heard from bodies of water – ocean beaches, streams, hot springs as well as wind. These melodies sound to me like a chorus of exuberant voices. Each melody is specific to the place. If I return to a beach, even after many years, I hear the same song. I think this has something to do with what the earth can tell us, if only we can take the time and patience to listen. This is an attempt to share what I have been hearing, through the filter of my perception, from water.”
Each piece on the record is an evocation of a specific place. For example, “Pacific 2, ” which Wieselman further describes – “I heard this while driving down Highway 101 in Northern California. The song from the coast over the hills from the highway must have been very strong for me to hear. I had to pull over to the side of he road and transcribe what I was hearing.” There is also a cover of John Lennon’s “Julia.”
Doug Wieselman has been an integral part of a number of different and occasionally overlapping musical worlds – from playing in New York’s “downtown scene” of the 1980s and 1990s – notably with Anthony Coleman, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Steven Bernstein, Butch Morris, Wollesen, Marc Ribot, Eyvind Kang, Bill Frisell, John Lurie & The Lounge Lizards; to composing and arranging for theater productions byRobert Woodruff, Robert Wilson, Athol Fugard, The Flying Karamazov Brothers, to accompanying and arranging for singer/songwriters such as Martha Wainwright, Iron & Wine, Antony and the Johnsons, Jolie Holland, Joan As Police Woman, Sam Amidon, Doveman and Victoria Williams and musical icons Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Marianne Faithfull, Yoko Ono.
He has also been involved in many projects with producer Hal Willner, as a musician on several tribute shows, as well as arranger and musical director for Martha Wainwright’s Edith Piaf project. Willner also brought him in to work on Robert Wilson’sIn the Evening at Koi Pond in collaboration with Kang and Frisell. Aside from appearing on Frisell’s 1988 album Before You Were Born, he has recently been part of the ensemble for Hal Willner’s presentation of Alan Ginsburg’s Kaddish and Hunter S. Thompson’s The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved.
Beginning in 2011, he began playing clarinets and electric guitar in Robert Wilson’sThe Life and Death of Marina Abramovic with music by Antony Hegarty in collaboration with the electronic duo Matmos. His involvement with Antony has spanned almost a decade, initially as arranger on the Mercury Prize-winning 2004 release, I am a Bird Now and then as a touring member of the band.
In 2012, Wieselman began working with indie art rockers CocoRosie on a number of special projects. Earlier this year, he arranged CocoRosie’s music for a new production of Peter Pan with the Berliner Ensemble, also directed by Wilson. Last year he composed music for two productions by acclaimed South African playwright Athol Fugard. He is featured soloist on guitarist Marc Ribot’s “Film Noir” project. Wieselman can also be heard on forthcoming albums by Cibo Matto and Jolie Holland. among others.
Along with Gina Leishman, Wieselman co-leads the seven-piece band,Kamikaze Ground Crew, who have produced five albums over the last 25 years. He also occasionally leads the aforementioned Trio S. An album of his soundtrack work, Dimly Lit was released by John Zorn’s Tzadik label in 2003. In his first foray into writing for television, he was composer for seven years on the hit Nickelodeon® cartoon show, The Backyardigans®. He is now writing for a new cartoon series in pre-production.
RELEASE DATE: January 21, 2014