TOTEM> is a benchmark in the world of experimental sound and contemporary improvisation. TOTEM> is a noise rock/free improvisation trio that ventures from walls of sound to exploring microscopic sound worlds. With guitarist Bruce Eisenbeil, bassist Tom Blancate and drummer Andrew Drury this trio makes music that is fresh, uncategorizable, and at the frontiers of understanding. TOTEM> has been influenced by adverse circumstances, extremes, paradoxes and technology - both primitive and futuristic.
Bruce Eisenbeil: guitar
Tom Blancarte: bass
Andrew Drury: drums
All compositions by Bruce Eisenbeil, Tom Blancarte & Andrew Drury (2008 Ironaxe Publishing BMI & Syndicore Music BMI.
Produced by Bruce Eisenbeil, Tom Blancarte, Andew Drury. Recorded by Ross Bonadonna on August 5, 2007, at Wombat Studio, Brookyn, NY. Engineering by Ross Bonadonna. Mixed by Andrew Drury at The Boat, Brooklyn, NY. Mastered by Steven Walcott at The Engine Room, Brooklyn, NY. Recorded to Pro Tools HD at 24 bit/88.2 KHz. Production Manager: Tom Abbs. Artwork by M.P. Landis. Band photography by Alissa Schwartz. Design & Layout by Miles Bachman & Michael Sanzone.
"...a prime example of how electric and acoustic instruments can be productive allies in avant-garde jazz." - Alex Henderson, All Music Guide
"As a bandleader, ensemble player and soloist, Eisenbeil has really emerged as a visionary leader in the NYC improvised music scene, especially in the last few years. He's earned a spot amongst Marc Ribot, Fred Frith, Henry Kaiser and Nels Cline as one of the premier avant garde guitarists out there today. Solar Forge makes a strong case for Bruce Eisenbeil to be included in that kind of company." - Pico
"Definitely compulsory listening." - Alex Henderson, All Music Guide
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