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My Tongue Crumbles After

by Sean Ali

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Sean Ali's stunning solo bass debut album ‘My Tongue Crumbles After’ features eight improvisations for acoustic double bass. On a few selections Sean also makes use of tape collages which he assembled from field recordings and voice recordings.
One of the most original and influential voices of his generation in the New York City improvised music scene, Sean Ali has developed a unique vocabulary employing preparations and extended techniques with which he creates riveting and visceral improvisations.

"'My Tongue Crumbles After' is an introspective chronicling of my life as a bassist, spoken word performer, and sound collage artist. The title refers to an image that came to my mind in which my tongue turned to stone and then began crumbling with every subsequent effort to talk. It conveys my anxiety about the futility of "saying something" in our digital age that has amplified chatter to deafening levels and reduced listening to nil. Teetering between vowing silence and speaking out, I hope this album will resonate with my listeners who have felt themselves similarly swallowed up." - Sean Ali


released January 19, 2017

Sean Ali - double bass, cassette player

Recorded by Andrew Barker at his studio, Brooklyn, NY on August 8th, 2016. Mixed by Andrew Barker. Mastered by Jim Clouse. All music by Sean Ali. Cover photo by Wenxin Zhang. Design by Carlo Costa.



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