SIECOX, wildly creative duo of non-conventional improvised musics featuring the inventive, visceral, and free guitar work of Sabrina Siegel (performance and fine artist) and Charles Coxon, blazes a unique path among but outside the genres of jazz, noise, rock, folk, and classical. The two began their collaboration in 2004 out of frustration with the limitations of their backgrounds in conventional musics (Sabrina's in classical voice and flute and Charles' in rock) as well as a longing for a more direct and free form of communication. These recordings from the "Friendly House" (an old cement and cinder block Quaker meeting house) document with one microphone the physical space and the relationship(s) lived/improvised therein. Their multi-tonal, multi-dimensional music emerges through their energetic/corporeal relationship to their instruments and each other -- manifesting complex energetic and musical tensions (sometimes ecstatic) within the simple format of spontaneous no-effect acoustic and electric guitar(and occasionally drums, vibes, kitchen implements and other household items) improvisation. The result is direct, raw, visceral expression, formed primarily of a "primal organic" or "energetic/biological" playing, as if by beast, animal, insect, bird, or the earth (or "heaven") itself. Their vast sonic tapestry, created through simple instrumentation, is due largely to Sabrina's practice of playing the electric guitar with rocks (a practice taken up for a greater sonic palette, simultaneous and complex layerings of sound, the creation of a "natural" physical structuring element [that between the rocks, hands, body, and strings and all the possible combinations of size, shape, number, placement, pressure, motion, rhythm, etc.] as well as it's not being completely controllable [thereby allowing a great potential for working with chance/"accident," as well as requiring a heightened bodily awareness and deeper listening in the moment, as her playing is not based on known musical structures and relationships]. Charles weaves and coincides, on a child's or other acoustic guitar, percussion, or electric guitar, closely, with a raw, true, sparse expression that merges often seamlessly with Sabrina's, creating the unique SIECOX sound.
Pang-dhen(tibetan marriage skirt)
here we are sabrina and chuck and
there is a skirt or apron, if you will,
filling the room
right now as you listen
It is woven of two
and as the two play
commingle as they do
a third phenomenon occurs which
can be said is greater then the sum of its parts
hovering in the middle
lines shifting, overlapping the other, a complement
of colors, textures, noise, spontaneously emerging
riding/becoming a great etheric serpentine (to what shore?)
Hence the Tibetan Marriage Skirt
there! There in the music, in the room, present,
in body, Love, intensity, in vulnerability, imagination, nature
in wild abandon oblivion, self reflection.....married in sound.
an experiment in music/sound and relationship and the document
let us forget all that we "know"
to birth something new
for time is a fiction in Eternity
image and pattern too
the only thing real is Magic
1 O siegel and coxon electric guitars
2 lll siegel electric guitar and coxon guitar and perc.
3 lllb siegel electric guitar and coxon guitar and perc.
4 lllc siegel electric guitar and coxon drums
5 i siegel electric guitar and coxon acoustic guitar
6 iil siegel and coxon electric guitars, siegel voice
7 l-li siegel and coxon electric guitars
8 -_- siegel and coxon electric guitars
9 ---_ siegel and coxon electric guitars
10 O0i siegel electric guitar and voice
11 O.. siegel and coxon electric guitars