Stephen Flinn/Noah Phillips Duo and trio with Tim Perkis | Square Circle

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Square Circle

by Stephen Flinn/Noah Phillips Duo and trio with Tim Perkis

The debut release from the Stephen Flinn - Noah Phillps Duo and trio with Tim Perkis is a collection of adventurous spontaneous improvisations. Stephen Flinn (drums, junk percussion) Noah Phillps (electric guitar) Tim Perkis (electronics).
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2. Literary Ideals
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3. Downtown
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4. Turk
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6. Dissemble
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8. Triple Gem
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9. Clean
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10. Modern Clarity
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11. Minor Goods
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12. Short Back and Sides
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The debut release from the Stephen Flinn - Noah Phillps Duo and trio with Tim Perkis is a collection of adventurous spontaneous
improvisations. Stephen Flinn (drums, junk percussion) Noah Phillps (electric guitar) Tim Perkis (electronics).

Stephen Flinn has been a professional musician for over twenty years, and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. As well as being an accomplished drummer and percussionist, he works with unusual sound sources including found objects and items not normally used musically. He lives in San Francisco and spends his time writing, performing, and boxing.

"Flinn is evidence that American drummers are beginning to recall that timbral serialism is the suspension bridge between funk and abstraction- what Big Sid Catlett knew, Peter Erskine forgot." Ben Watson, The Wire.

Guitarist and composer Noah Phillips received some formal training at the USC School of Music and has been involved with new music on the West Coast since 1998. His current projects include a duo with drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt, a trio with trumpeter Kris Tiner and bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck, and Boxes of Water - a quartet featuring original compositions by members Cory Wright, Aaron Kohen, Phillips and Eisenstadt. Phillips is a member of the Kreative Orchestra of Los Angeles (KOLA) and also performs with Nels and Alex Cline, G.E. Stinson,
and long time friend and collaborator Jeremy Drake. He is currently active in the Bay Area music scene while pursuing graduate studies at Mills College in Oakland.


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Dolf Mulder, Vital Weekly

...this CD is a very satisfying experience. Well done.
The flow of recordings of improvised music still continues. It seems a never ending field of music that attracts many musicians. "Square Circle" is an another example of this. Percussionist Stephen Flinn joins forces with guitarist Noah Philips. In one long track Tim Perkis joins in with electronics. Flinn is drummer who like some of his colleagues expanded his percussion outfit with all kind of other - often found - objects. Expanding this way the range of sounds and color derived from his percussion. He played all over the world with many improvisers like Lol Coxhill, Cecil Taylor, William Parker, etc.
Most activities of composer and guitarist Noah Philips are located in the Los Angeles area and include work with the Cline brothers, The Kreative Orchestra, etc. He has an unconventional and very skillful way of playing his guitar. Like Flinn on this percussion, Philips is mainly seeking for new sounds and textures. Because of this common interest their sounds and noises, etc. mix perfectly. Together they weave a dense and concentrated carpet of improvised sounds.
From time to time you do not know whether sounds
come from the guitar or the percussion. They have a modest style of improvising. Their vocabulary is of a very abstract level, but they succeed to give concrete form to their ideas. They do a good job together, communicating very well which is essential for all music, but especially for this kind of music. Consequently listening to this c.d. is a very satisfying experience. Well done.

Tom Sekowski, Gaz-Eta

this is precisely executed and marvellously improvised music.
It's rather odd to discuss duos unless they in fact have some set of compatibilities. Surely, there are enough duos that play off each other purely to create conflict or to build up a new, unique relationship. In this case, compatibility is key.
Percussionist [often times preferring "junk" percussion] Stephen Flinn creates unique sort of expressive music with his collaborative partner, guitarist Noah Phillips. These two are joined by electronics guru Tim Perkins. Their vocabulary as a duo [and/or a trio] is rich in complex statements. One minute, they're intense, but most of the time, they simply prefer to let things take their natural course, which is why this music seems to dwell in its own separate time-line. Stephen Flinn loves the delicacy of percussive tools he has at his disposal. Whether it's the heavy use of the snares, the delicate caresses of the brushes or a tiny tap on the side of the drum, he loves the textural approach. With a similar vocabulary, Noah Phillips dwells on the gentle sways of his electric guitar. When he plays around with feedback, it's always in a controlled fashion and to the point. There are never any outright bursts of unnecessary anger or conflict created purely for effect. Electronics guru Tim Perkins is only featured on one longer track here, where he uses his electronics palette wisely as he dabbles in sound distortion and simply adds a tiny bit of chaos to the adventure the other two set out on. Circle squared or "Square Circle" [what goes around comes around]; this is precisely executed and marvellously improvised music.

Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

adventurous sapience and inquisitive sonic exploration...
Slipping this series of atypical improvisations into the envelope of a cathegory is not an easy task. What on paper reads as a guitar/drums duo is actually a mousetrap game of unpredictable sonorities taking their shape from basic elements - Phillips' chordal tapping or Flinn's lumpy snare rolls, just to name a couple - then planting uncertain roots in the quicksands of electronic modification (by Tim Perkis, who joins the duo in several tracks). The musicians deliver the "right" energetic mass from the rust of excessive prankishness, like scientists winking to each other after reaching an interesting result; the strange atmosphere generated by some of these conversations belies the accurate pondering that an expert ear will surely perceive in the large part of "Square circle". Abstract propulsion and bulldozing methodology are parts of a complex vocabulary of adventurous sapience and inquisitive sonic exploration championed by Flinn and Phillips with scrupulous application.

Jon Worley, Aiding & Abetting

moves me to tears...
The literal-minded earnestness of the name of the act moves me to tears. The cool guitar/percussion improvisations take my mind to fairer territory. Crackling stuff (literally, of course) that keeps the synapses firing.