Weekend, August 17 & 18, 2019: Swana-Motzer-Hirlinger

Interview in Improvisation and Looping Cello Live with Swana-Motzer-Hirlinger and Julia Kent

This weekend on Echoes, John Diliberto talks about the art of electric improvisation with three veteran musicians, trumpeter John Swana, guitarist Tim Motzer and percussionist Doug Hirlinger. They are denizens of the avant-garde and new music scenes in Philadelphia and New York having played with David Sylvian, Jaki Liebezeit of Can, King Britt, Vernon Reid, David Torn, Donny McCaslin, Chris Potter, Pat Mastelotto of King Crimson and the Philadelphia Orchestra. They’re latest album is Channels. They talk about intuitive free composition in a world of looping and electronics on Echoes.

Speaking of improvisation, weekend listeners may also hear Julia Kent. She started as a classical cellist until she joined the rockin’ cello band Rasputina and recorded with the pop group, Antony and The Johnsons.  But she’s been making solo looping cello music since 2007. She comes in to play songs from her latest, Temporal.

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