Tusk

NCM 40136 — April 1st, 2013

  1. Elliptical (4:50)
  2. Circle One, Two (4:43)
  3. Monkeytown (4:01)
  4. Moon Reflected (6:55)
  5. Year of the Snake (7:16)
  6. Ten Mirrors (5:48)
  7. Dream of Water (4:00)
  8. The Camel (6:41)
  9. To The Edge of the World (6:50)

 

Recorded July 30th, 2011 at Acoustic Recording by Michael Brorby

Mixed by Marc Urselli

Mastered by Steve Vavgiakis at Bang Zoom

All music by Sean Moran 2012 Spikey Yucca/ASCAP

 

NCM 40136 — April 1st, 2013

Small Elephant

Tusk

Moran’s first album as an ensemble leader, Tusk strongly echoes the creative exploration that has become his signature. A regular with The Four Bags, avante metal trio Bassoon, renowned electronic composer Michael Schumacher’s rock group diNMachine, The Soundbats (with Briggan Krauss and John Mettam), and in Michael Mcginnis’ Angsudden Song Cycle, Moran has proven his comfort and capability in pushing musical boundaries. His performance and composition on The Four Bags’ last album Forth were recognized with a nod by the Boston Globe, which listed it among the top ten of 2011.
Tusk boldly challenges any preconceived notions one may have about the nylon string guitar. Prompted by Moran’s studies with classical and flamenco virtuoso Dennis Koster, the album presents the instrument – known as subdued and even understated – in a fresh, unexpected, and radical way, drawing from sources as diverse as the complex rhythmicality of Messiaen to improvisation to mathematical set theory. The ensemble Moran assembled for this project features the acclaimed lineup of Michael Mcginnis on clarinets, Chris Dingman on vibraphone, Reuben Radding on bass, and Harris Eisenstadt on drums. The group has performed at Brooklyn creative music venues including Barbes, Korzo’s, and Ibeam.

  • Band Members
  • Sean Moran Nylon String Guitar
  • Michael McGinnis Clarinet / Bass Clarinet
  • Chris Dingman Vibraphone
  • Rueben Radding Acoustic Bass
  • Harris Eisenstadt Drums

www.sean-moran.com

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  • Moran’s first album as an ensemble leader, Tusk strongly echoes the creative exploration that has become his signature.  Tusk boldly challenges any preconceived notions one may have about the nylon string guitar. The album presents the instrument – known as subdued and even understated – in a fresh, unexpected, and radical way, drawing from sources as diverse as the complex rhythm-icality of Messiaen to improvisation to mathematical set theory.