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Instrumental Improv

Jerod Sommerfeldt, Stephen Bird, Doyle Dean.  Photo by Violet Dean

Jerod Sommerfeldt, Stephen Bird, Doyle Dean.  Photo by Violet Dean

Cover for the split Utility Project album released in 2017

Cover for the split Utility Project album released in 2017

 
 

We play a piece of music

Then we never play it again.  If you weren't there, you missed it.  

We are a live instrumental improv trio based in the far reaches of Northern New York state. Jerod Sommerfeldt (modular synthesizer + computer) teaches Electronic Music at the Crane School of Music; Stephen Bird (bass) teaches Environmental Science at Clarkson University and studied Music at Berklee College of Music in Boston; Doyle Dean (drums) is a Videographer and Instructor of Audio and Video Production at SUNY Potsdam. We began playing together in 2015.

We play a somewhat unique form of improvised instrumental music. We think about it in terms of temporary aural art. We never have and never plan to play the same piece twice. We are primarily affected by the environment in which we play, the size of the room, the mood of the audience, the weather… all of these factors have primary influence on what is performed. Because there is no 'set list' we are 100% reactive. This forces us to listen to one another very carefully. The pieces emerge, are experienced, and then disappear. We do document and release some performances. The digital album Jerod Stephen Doyle was recorded the first day we began working together. 

Since then we have released a 2CD set -split with Utility Project (Moultin' Larva, 2017).  Here's a track from that release.