Town Quartet Premieres 1806-Vintage Anton Reicha

In Owl Mountain Session 010, we introduced Oakland’s very own eclectic Town Quartet, featured in Matt Montgomery’s arrangement of Physical Suicide Deterrent System Project’s avant-grunge ballad “Geology”. With PSDSP frontman Eli Carlton-Pearson on acoustic guitar, the quartet of Mia Bella D’Augelli and Corey Mike (violins), Jacob Hansen-Joseph (viola), and Lewis Patzner (cello) gave us a rare blend of classical music and grunge rock, unplugged. The result: a beautifully raw sound with soaring intensity.

For Session 011, the Town Quartet switches gears, returning to more “traditional" string quartet literature. In this case, however, they dive into history to bring us new treasure: the world’s premiere performance and recording of “Quatuor Scientifique”, a rare unpublished piece from Czech-born composer Anton Reicha (1770-1836). A contemporary of Beethoven’s, Reicha was an innovative music theorist and composer whose approaches to rhythm and tonality were advanced beyond his time.

Movement 7 of his Quatuor Scientifique is a four-part fugue that explores the famous theme from Mozart’s “Haffner” symphony. Though brief, the piece unfolds into a complete thought full of rich layers that give equal voice to each member of the quartet. It gracefully ebbs and flows through many changes of texture and light, finally building to a bold, assertive organ-like finish. Please enjoy!

Avant- Post- Grunge / Classical Collaboration

Previously, we brought you avant-grunge rockers PHYSICAL SUICIDE DETERRENT SYSTEM PROJECT's "Geology" for Owl Mountain Sessions 009. Session 010 revisits "Geology" with an acoustic cross-genre interpretation arranged by Matt Montgomery (Versus Them) featuring the TOWN QUARTET, an Oakland, CA string quartet.

PSDSP front man Eli Carlton-Pearson unplugs for this new performance of “Geology", but rocks the grunge nonetheless. Where fellow PSDSP band members Brian Wilkerson's dark melodic electric bass and Michael Pinkham's shimmering drums usually comprise the additional voices in the Bay-Area trio’s “Geology”, composer and musical polymath Matt Montgomery swaps in the Town Quartet with a skillfully layered arrangement for two violins, viola, and cello. The result maintains the original composition’s beautiful thunder and heaviness—provided by Jacob Hansen-Joseph’s viola and Lewis Patzner’s cello—while soaring into otherworldly atmospheres through the full range of octaves on Corey Mike and Mia Bella D’Augelli’s violins.

Collaboration, a convergence of ideas, classical instruments exploring modern expressions. Enjoy Owl Mountain Sessions 010 “Geology” for all this and more!

“Geology” Arranged for string quartet by Matt Montgomery www.mattmontgomery.com

PSDSP - Physical Suicide Deterrent System Project www.psdspmusic.com Eli Carlton-Pearson - guitar, vocals Brian Wilkerson - bass, vocals Michael Pinkham - drums

TOWN QUARTET www.townquartet.com Corey Mike - violin Mia Bella D’Augelli - violin Jacob Hansen-Joseph - viola Lewis Patzner - cello

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The Infinite Finite and Geologic Time

Owl Mountain Sessions’ second collaboration with avant-grunge innovators PSDSP has the Northern California trio leading us further down their intriguing path of sublimely dark melodic rockistry. While “Geology”’s almost psychedelic ruminations are more shining and atmospheric, being less steeped in ominous shadows than its pulsating predecessor “Shoulder”, its mood stays heavy and the flavor, deep.

“Geology” presents something transcendent with its viscous, smoldering build. The easy, golden shimmer of its sun-drenched introduction draws us first into a meditative rhythm. From there, lush imagery flows forth, and we gain momentum like blood coursing through the metaphorical corpus. Eli Carlton-Pearson’s layered contemplations pull us ever toward the core, but this is a different kind of introspection. Instead of becoming more compact, each phrase evolves and expands until molecular becomes magmic in scale. It’s like trying to retreat into the little hole in your head but falling instead into a cavernous galaxy of prehistoric ore glittering through the veins of your planetary brain. The infinite within the finite.

Through the Depths of HEAVEN and the heights of HELL

Music Video Release!! Once TOMMY ODETTO's "Wishing Well" takes off, there's no turning back.. With angsty lyrics and driving rhythms, this nonstop grunge-rock rocket will have you falling and flying through fiery twists and turns. So take a deep breath and dive in....

Wild and On Fire: TOMMY ODETTO "In the Know"

Hot summer nights call for some hot all-out rock 'n' roll, and we know just the number to dial.. TOMMY ODETTO opens for guitar legend ACE FREHLEY of KISS infamy at the historic McNear's Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, California. Odetto's dedication and genuine passion for rock shines through 110% in every performance. Watch the rising Bay Area rocker set the house on fire with his guitar-melting talent and undeniably contagious enthusiasm!

"Tommy has the gift of obvious natural ability, combined with thought and tons of soul. He plays for you, not at you." – Michael Landau (James Taylor session guitarist)

For more TOMMY, visit www.tommyodetto.com

TOMMY ODETTO - Guitar, Vocals

MILO HORSTMAN - Guitar

TIM BAKER - Bass

ETHAN TURNER - Drums

JENN CHAN - Videography, Video Production

Down and Dirty Blues from WALTER TROUT: "Cold Cold Feeling" LIVE in Santa Cruz

WALTER TROUT brought down the house at Moe's Alley this past May, here combining his effortlessly blazing guitar talent and passion-infused vocals with the solid bones of the blues classic "Cold Cold Feeling" to deliver some truly “down and dirty blues”. Trout’s audience is absolutely smitten, for reasons quite clear!

“I learned this song from Mr. Albert Collins,” Walter Trout announces mid-song. "Cold Cold Feeling" itself, however, dates further back. Relatively unsung music hero Jessie Mae Robinson had composed this killer tune nearly 30 years prior to Collins's 1978 electric version. T-Bone Walker was the first to record "Cold Cold Feeling", in 1951. In contrast with Collins's silky-smooth groovin' approach, T-Bone's is all sass and dazzles with a sultrier swing. The song has since been covered numerous times through the decades, and Trout's version is a must-hear! (This live version was filmed on the fly using in-camera audio).

PSDSP's "Shoulder" Delivers Heady Brew of Avant Grunge

PSDSP's "Shoulder" Delivers Heady Brew of Avant Grunge

OWL MOUNTAIN SESSIONS 008 presents a heavy, heady brew of avant-grunge à la the Bay Area's cult darling PHYSICAL SUICIDE DETERRENT SYSTEM PROJECT (PSDSP). The Marin rock trio's sound frequently references the gnarly thrashing riffs of raw '90s grunge, but PSDSP's penchants for poetic innovation and unconventional elements have them going about their head banging in refreshingly artful, intellectual, rule-breaking fashion. A core inspiration for PSDSP is the life/death cycle within nature and the human psyche; their songs explore the forces of creation, decay, disintegration, and revival both surrounding and within us. Instead of dwelling upon morbid doom and gloom, however, PSDSP exalts the intricate, bewildering beauty hidden within nature's darker elements. At once sinister and joyous, "Shoulder" is a stellar example of PSDSP's brand of zen-filled angst, and is their epic first in a series of upcoming singles.

Joy in June: JESSE COLIN YOUNG, Live in concert with "Ridgetop"

JESSE COLIN YOUNG and band perform "Ridgetop" LIVE at Sweetwater Music Hall, June 2017

JESSE COLIN YOUNG is back, LIVE! Step into the action as Jesse and his sizzling new band perform the favorite original "Ridgetop" at Mill Valley, California's Sweetwater Music Hall. This joyful June evening was full of music, nostalgia, as well as fresh talent and songwriting, but the dominant feeling in the room was that of Love. A sold-out show, Owl Mountain was blessed to be there to capture the night for you. Enjoy!