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Chris Schlarb

Chris Schlarb is a musician, composer and producer based in Long Beach, California. His newest album, Psychic Temple, is a four song mediation on beauty featuring a 29-musician ensemble. Time Out New York said the album “blurs the line between avant-garde jazz and chamber music,” while National Public Radio mused, “in its wordless pastoral journey, Psychic Temple is boundary-less.” His debut solo album, Twilight & Ghost Stories, was critically hailed as both, “40 minutes of avant-garde bliss” by the New York Observer and as “a monumental achievement” by FFWD Weekly. His following release, Interoceans, with experimental jazz duo I Heart Lung, was chosen by NPR as one of the Top 5 Jazz albums of the year in 2008. In 2011, the Nicklas “Nifflas” Nygren video game NightSky was released over 45 minutes of original music composed by Chris Schlarb

Making The Saint

Label: Asthmatic Kitty Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Making The Saint; The Great Receiver; The Fear of Death is the Birth of God; My Foolish Heart.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Schlarb: Making The Saint

Read "Making The Saint" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Having spent four years cutting and pasting fifty trusted musicians on his stunning debut solo recording, Twilight & Ghost Stories (Asthmatic Kitty Records, 2007) guitarist/composer Chris Schlarb may understandably have felt like scaling back. Instead, Schlarb invested similar time and resources to sculpt the beautifully meditative folk-jazz ambient suite Psychic Temple (Sounds Are Active/Asthmatic Kitty Records, ...

Psychic Temple II

Label: Asthmatic Kitty Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Seventh House; The Starry King Hears Laughter; Solo in Place; Bird in the Garden; ‘Til I Die; She is the Golden World; Steppin’ Out; All I Want is Time; Sofa No. 2; NO TSURAI; Hyacinth Trash Quarter.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Chris Schlarb: Psychic Temples

Read "Chris Schlarb: Psychic Temples" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Truck driver, husband, father, and law-abiding citizen by day, Chris Schlarb presumably dons a cape at other moments that transforms him, if not quite into the savior of creative music, at the very least into the creator of other-worldly sounds of singular vision and exceptional beauty. Guitarist, composer, and founder of independent record label Sounds Are ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Schlarb: Psychic Temple II

Read "Psychic Temple II" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Multi-instrumentalist/composer Chris Schlarb rarely does things by halves. Psychic Temple (Sounds Are Active/Asthmatic Kitty, 2011) was the exotic fruit of over a 1000 hours of studio time and an opus that involved twenty nine of California's most progressive musicians. Wordless choir, strings, horns, acoustic and electric instruments combined with drone and subtle electronics to create an ...

NightSky Soundtrack

Label: Unknown label
Released: 2011

Psychic Temple

Label: Sounds Are Active/Asthmatic Kitty Records
Released: 2011
Track listing: I Can Live Forever If I Slowly Die; Dream State > Police State; Daughters of Ursa Major; White Dove in the Psychic Temple.

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Cuong Vu: Cooking in Seattle

Read "Cuong Vu: Cooking in Seattle" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Returning to home town Seattle after 15 years on the east coast has been a good move for trumpeter Cuong Vu judging by the outstanding music on these three CDs and the movement he has largely inspired in Seattle's young creative musicians. Bassist Luke Bergman is a constant on these recordings, adding new depth to Vu's ...

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