Drummer Jerry Marotta
and bassist Tony Levin
are both best known for their work as members of Peter Gabriel's band; Steve Gorn
is less famous, but legendary in woodwind circles as a virtuoso player of various ethnic flutes and a regular collaborator with avant-garde flute maestro Robert Dick
. To record this album, the three set up recording equipment (with the expert help of engineer Tchad Blake
) in the cavernous Widow Jane Mine in upstate New York. The resulting music is, as one might expect, haunting, beautiful and prodigiously reverberant. Levin alternates between electric and upright bass and the Chapman Stick (a 12-stringed instrument designed to be played simultaneously as a bass and as a guitar); Marotta spends most of his time on subdued ethnic percussion instruments, focusing primarily on a set of handcrafted drums from Taos, NM; Gorn
plays clarinet and saxophone, but makes his most affecting sound on the Indian bansuri flute. For several tracks, Blake took his microphones out in a boat on the underground lake that fills much of the mine, and the resulting sound is difficult to describe and well worth hearing. Highly recommended.