Brian Moran (electronics) and Matt Hannafin (percussion) began performing together in 2001, first as two thirds of the improv power trio Chainworks (with pianist Dan DeChellis), then as the duo SHUNYATA. This recording documents an early, pre-SHUNYATA duo performance at the Phenomena series, SubTonic Lounge, NYC, 9-4-2004. Listen carefully and you'll hear strains of the particularly loud New Music Big Band that was performing upstairs in the main Tonic space, and whose music became subsumed into Moran and Hannafin's performance—a harbinger of things to come, as SHUNYATA soon began concentrating on the sculptural and meditational aspects of free improvisation, frequently working outdoors and creating an auditory envelope that alternately silences, incorporates, and acquiesces to the performance site's ambient space. This recording was previously available as release no. 1 in the Sachimay Interventions series. Total time: 45:02.
released May 13, 2013
Brian Moran (electronics) and Matt Hannafin (percussion)