Growing / Mark Evan Burden CD

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Growing are well-known to experimental music audiences for their two albums on the venerable Kranky imprint (and forthcoming material on Animal Disguise). The duo of Kevin Doria and Joe Denardo have toured Europe and Australia and played at All Tomorrow's Parties UK. Their particular amalgam of doom metal, drone, and ambient music has been compared to the minimalist works of Birchville Cat Motel, La Monte Young, Sunn0))), and Brian Eno.

This recording, "Firmament", is from a 2002 session. Mark Evan Burden's solo recording is a beautiful composition of electronics and piano. His 15 minute piece is a roiling, percussive powerhouse that conjures up John Cage, Keith Jarrett, and the player piano compositions of Conlon Nancarrow. The Portland, OR-based musician was formerly the organist for Get Hustle (31G) and drummer for Glass Candy and the Shattered Theater. He released an album under the moniker Silentist, an exploration of the heavier side of his compositional interests.