by Neil Welch

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"Mowhoush was shoved head first into a sleeping bag, wrapped with electrical cord and rolled from his stomach to his back." Presented in a single, 27 minute long track, Sleeper is Neil's first recorded major ensemble work. Sleeper was Inspired by the torture and wrongful death of an Iraqi general by U.S. forces in Iraq. Drawing on many of the techniques used in Neil's solo work, Sleeper makes dramatic use of timbre and sound. From the subtle, suspended pitches in the opening statements to the aggressive, thick harmonic textures to come, Sleeper is a work that mirrors its dark narrative. This piece was composed while living in seclusion on Whidbey Island in 2010, and later finished in Seattle in early 2011. Sleeper features many of Neil's long time T&C collaborators.


released November 8, 2011

The Sleeper Ensemble is:
Neil Welch, tenor and soprano
Ivan Arteaga, alto and soprano
Jesse Canterbury, bass clarinet
Vincent LaBelle, trombone
David Balatero, cello
Natalie Hall, cello

Sleeper was recorded on June 24th, 2011 by Vincent LaBelle. Mixed by Vincent LaBelle and Neil Welch, and masted by Vincent LaBelle at BOOM! Artwork and layout by Andrew J.S.


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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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