Iron Creek

by Neil Welch

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    Iron Creek comes in a hand made, 100% recycled package. This little fella was lovingly made one by one in the hallowed halls of Neil's home, and was designed by Seattle artist Kristian Garrard.

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Throughout 2010 and early 2011 Neil had the tape rolling at virtually every live solo performance. Recorded live at a basement show and a concrete art space, Iron Creek captures two recordings in two very specific environments. As a follow-up to Neil's early 2011 solo release Boxwork, Iron Creek hits hard with all the energy of Neil's live solo shows. The tracks Figure of Eight and Hollow Braid are two stunning interpretations of the knotted, gnarled saxophone sound he's come to be know for. The cyclic phases and raspy tones create amazing acoustic distortions from start to finish. Recorded in two unedited, lengthy improvisations in stereo and mono, the tracks on Iron Creek were picked by Neil himself.


released November 8, 2011

Neil Welch - solo saxophone

Figure of Eight recorded December 18th 2010 by Luke Bergman at the "Maple Leaf House" in Seattle, WA. Mixed by Luke Bergman at Die Alone and mastered by Vincent LaBelle at BOOM!

Hollow Braid recorded March 10th, 2011 by John Teske at the Gallery 1412 in Seattle, WA. Recorded in mono to capture the unique sound of the space. Mixed and mastered by Vincent LaBelle at BOOM!

All art design by Kristian Garrard.


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Neil Welch Seattle, Washington

Saxophonist and composer Neil Welch is recognized as a major voice of the Seattle jazz and experimental music fields. His work is derived from improvisation, using largely non-traditional techniques that explore sonic resonance. Neil's work is a menagerie of resonant musical styles, unabashedly confronting the acoustic possibilities of the instrument. ... more

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