Eine Bigband spielt Music for Airports von Brain Eno … ?!?
Für dieses Experiment hat sich Chris Schlarb eine illustre Schar an befreundeten Musikern zusammen gesucht
und diese haben dann einen Abend lang im Studio, sich auf eine Reise begeben …. Gelungen !!!
Psychic Temple, led by band/cult leader Chris Schlarb and featuring Mike Watt (Minutemen), Sheridan Riley (Avi Buffalo), Paul Masvidal (Cynic, Death), jazz trumpeter Kris Tiner and more, has reimagined Brian Eno’s 1979 ambient landmark Music For Airports. The group’s own version of „Music for Airports 1/1“ was recorded in one afternoon, live in the studio without headphones, overdubs, edits or effects.
The album’s flip side features the fiery original „Music for Bus Stops,“ conceived as a working class commentary on Eno’s preferred method of transportation.
From Greg Burk’s liner notes: „Psychic Temple approaches Airports from a fresh angle, rescuing it from its ‚dark, boring fate‘ of becoming a museum piece to be analyzed by select musicians inside expensive concert halls. Where Eno’s distant, static masterpiece doesn’t seem to fit the real-life chaos of what goes on in an airport, Psychic Temple’s version adds a human touch and a dose of reality, showing that we’re all in it together, we can make room for one another, and we’re calm.“
Tabor Allen – drums;
Philip Glenn – Hammond organ;
Danny T. Levin – trombonium, euphonium, marching baritone, valve trombone;
Paul Masvidal – electric guitar;
Curt Oren – baritone saxophone;
Cathlene Pineda – Wurlitzer electric piano;
Sheridan Riley – drums & percussion;
Chris Schlarb – electric guitar;
Kris Tiner – trumpet;
David Tranchina – double bass;
Mike Watt – electric bass.
We forget to breathe. So Psychic Temple gives us breathing space.
Music director Chris Schlarb – a Long Beach guitarist whose career has ranged from jazz to video-game soundtracks – prepares Psychic Temple’s open atmosphere for maximum spatial opportunities.
Unrestricted by complex chord changes, the musicians resonate with Schlarb’s own unhurried, carefully articulated mode of improvisation. And Psychic Temple’s special gravity pulls strongly enough to unite such diverse players as progressive metal guitarist Paul Masvidal (Cynic, Death), jamming postpunk bassist Mike Watt (Minutemen, Stooges) and lyrical trumpeter Kris Tiner (Empty Cage, Wadada Leo Smith).
Schlarb cast the musicians like actors in a film. “I listen. If a director chooses the right players, he doesn’t need to micromanage them.”
Together, they make room for forgetting, room for reflection, so the listener can’t help being drawn into the ceremony. Even the instrument sounds themselves put us at ease in a comfortable womb where a deep-plowing baritone sax (Curt Oren) might remind us of a Supremes hit, or a Hammond organ (Philip Glenn) might recall Jimmy Smith’s soul saturation, or a Wurlitzer electric piano (Cathlene Pineda) might make us flash on a galactic Miles Davis abstraction. Even Schlarb’s preferred mode of sound reproduction, 12-inch vinyl, encourages escape from congestion and routine – we won’t be listening to an LP in our cars.
This Psychic Temple album was recorded in one afternoon, live in the studio without headphones, overdubs, edits or effects, and Schlarb used the second take of each performance. To orchestrate the flow and enhance the mood, Schlarb employed a system of changing lights as the music developed. It’s a tribute to the players’ sensitivity and the music’s balance that despite the simple recording methods, each instrument sounds warm and present.
Schlarb has long loved the first movement of Brian Eno’s 1979 ambient landmark Music for Airports: “It’s like patient jazz improvisation, with a surprising, organic quality that reminds me of the Bill Evans Trio with Paul Motian and Scott LaFaro. Unfortunately, like jazz, it has become a museum piece, something to be analyzed by select musicians inside expensive concert halls. I wanted to rescue it from that dark, boring fate.”
Psychic Temple approaches “Airports” from a fresh angle. Where it was hard to imagine tuning in to Eno’s distant, static beauty amid the real-life chaos of check-in, the edgy competition of boarding and the weary tedium of baggage claim, Schlarb brings a more human fugue to the experience. We can feel we’re all in it together, we can make room for one another, and we’re calm.
Schlarb and drummer Tabor Allen conceived their “Music for Bus Stops” as a working man’s counterpart to “Airports.” Yes, the music says, we’re going somewhere. Maybe it’s hot, maybe the traffic’s noisy, but carried along by the brisk groove, the refractive Quicksilver guitar and a mirage of softly massed horn riffs, do we care when the bus arrives?
Not really. The Psychic Temple can remain in our heads wherever we go.