Zachary Good and Lia Kohl are longtime collaborators (ZRL and Mocrep) and very good friends. Standing Lenticular is their first album as a duo. It sits somewhere between improvisation and composition, utilizing only acoustic contrabass clarinet and cello, overdubbed many, many times. It moves at a cloud's pace.
A standing lenticular is a turbulent cloud formation that often forms near mountain tops. Its name comes from the Latin word "lenticularis" meaning lentil-shaped. It is sometimes even compared to a stack of pancakes. Either way, we're hungry. Standing lenticular clouds form when air and moisture are forced perpendicularly upward by an obstruction (a mountain, for instance) and into a stable atmosphere.
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Zachary Good is a Chicago-based instrumentalist (clarinets and Baroque recorders), improviser, and performer. He approaches music making from a variety of perspectives, from historically-informed to experimental practices, while working across a spectrum of genres and techniques.
Zachary is clarinetist of the GRAMMY-award winning sextet Eighth Blackbird, a founding Co-Artistic Director of the performance collective Mocrep, and one-third of the clarinet/percussion/cello trio ZRL. He has frequently performed with International Contemporary Ensemble, Music of the Baroque Chicago, Manual Cinema, and Ensemble Dal Niente.
Born in Pittsburgh, Zachary studied at Oberlin Conservatory of Music and DePaul University. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music where he is researching the phenomena and functionality of dyad multiphonics on the soprano clarinet. He is a middle school band director at the Chicago Waldorf School.
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Lia Kohl is a cellist and multidisciplinary artist based in Chicago. She creates and performs embodied music and multimedia performance that incorporates sound, video, movement, theatre, and sculptural objects. She has presented work and performed at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Walker Art Center, Chicago Symphony Center, and Eckhart Park Pool, as well as held residencies at Mana Contemporary Chicago, High Concept, dfbrl8r Performance Art Gallery, Mills College and Stanford University.
She is a curator and ensemble member with poly-disciplinary performance ensemble Mocrep. As an improviser and collaborator, she has participated in cultural exchanges in Mexico (Harmonipan), France (The Bridge) and New Orleans (The Instigation Festival). Frequent collaborators include ZRL (Ryan Packard and Zachary Good), Katinka Kleijn, Macie Stewart, Jasmine Mendoza, Corey Smith, Whitney Johnson (Matchess) and Iris Bernbum. She plays with Makaya McCraven, Whitney, OHMME, and Circuit des Yeux. She tours regularly with puppet theatre company Manual Cinema.
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See also ZRLmusic.com
See also Mocrep.org
released September 23, 2020
Zachary Good, contrabass clarinet
Lia Kohl, cello
Composed and performed by Zachary Good and Lia Kohl
Recorded by Alex Inglizian at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago
Mastered by Zach Moore at Not Not
Album design by Lia Kohl
Photo by teenage Zachary Good