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Barnyard Records Recording Artists from Toronto
Jean Martin (suitcase), Justin Haynes (ukulele) and Ryan Driver (streetsweeper bristle bass) play the music of composer Myk Freedman.
Jean Martin is an award winning drummer, composer, band leader, improviser and producer who has worked with numerous artists including Eugene Chadbourne, Jesse Zubot, Don Byron, John Oswald and DD Jackson. He runs the acclaimed label Barnyard Records.
Justin Haynes is chiefly a guitarist working in long-form improvisation, composition and/or song forms with musicians of all stripes with a bent for using other instruments including tenor banjo, soprano ukulele, mbira, melodica, and various electronic noise makers including small lights.
Ryan Driver is a guitarist, keyboardist, improviser and songwriter playing in numerous ensembles including Blah Blah Blah 666, Saint Dirt Elementary School and the Ryan Driver Quartet.
Myk Freedman (Toronto/NYC) is a lapsteel/composer who leads various ensembles including the Saint Dirt Elementary School and has worked with various luminaries such as John Zorn, William Parker, Elliot Sharp, Cyro Baptista and Kenney Wessel.
When all is said and done, maybe what we really want from a record is to witness creativity. To be led into a room where musicians take on their instruments. If you lean in and hear breathing and rustling, if you notice that the instrument – even a little uke – is fighting back, it’s a good thing. These are signs of life. And if music gets prized from old pieces of wood and string before your eyes, it’s a prize to treasure.
All you’ll hear on this recording is a ukulele and a suitcase. But amazingly, paradoxically, that confining element is its liberation, and ours. Lovely, lyrical moments are everywhere. Time gets established in subtle ways, and subtly falls away. Geographies pass. We leave the streets for the dunes. Melodies expand and contract. If there was once a wall of sound, then this disc is a window. Open it and enjoy a new view.
– Don Rooke, June 26, 2008