Broken Trap Ensemble is a group built from the extremely fertile Bay Area creative music scene of late. Aram Shelton, Teddy Rankin-Parker, Kristina Dutton & Daniel Pearce are all familiar names to the west coast improv scene (and Chicago as ¾ of them spent time there as well) and this release should help make them all more visible on a larger scale.
The music on this tape borrows from a wide array of disciplines, from jazz, modern improv, classical, folk, drone and beyond conjuring an otherworldly atmosphere that can bring to mind disparate artists such as Sun Ra, Terry Riley, Bo-Anders Persson, Don Cherry, Henry Flynt and beyond. The Broken Trap Ensemble explores the group dynamic through the use of strings, reeds, and percussion, employing traditional and experimental techniques. An aural latticework with slyly dissembled origins, each instrument reflecting the timbre and texture of the others as the group burrows into a singular sound.
this does not disappoint in any way, shape or form. – Raised by Gypsies
the music falls into place, making more sense on each pass, until you are ensnared. – Free Jazz Blog
Released by Astral Spirits, December 2014. Cassette with digital download. Price below includes shipping to the US.