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Balances is the debut studio release from The Shunyata Improvisation Group sponsored by the TQN-aut label. The Newcastle based quartet are inspired by the 7 Zen aesthetic principles. Typically they explore space and restraint whilst travelling between absence, the ambient sound of the environment and intervention. Improvisation is woven collaboratively, distinctly and quietly.

The musicians of the Shunyata Improvisation Group are: Katie Oswell- vocals, Zither, small objects/Tobias Illingworth- vocals, piano, percussion, everyday objects, stringed instruments, room manipulation /NofC – vocals, melodeon and percussion/trubba not – acoustic guitars

Balances is typical of their style where passages of delicate textural exploration contrast with collages of sound to provide fully cohesive moments. Sound rises to form and falls to emptiness.

Balances was recorded at First Avenue Studios in Newcastle produced and engineered by Dave Curle whose longstanding ability to produce an intimate sound where the listener feels they are sitting close by the musicians is evident here.

The Shunyata Improvisation Group is also grateful to: Jerry Serjeant for permission to reproduce his images as Cover Art, Ash Cooke for Album Design and to David Howcroft and Andy Wood for their sponsorship via TQN-aut label.

A number of TQ zine subscribers will receive this release with TQ25

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released September 3, 2019


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