The new improvising ensemble FS&V makes its debut with
their self-titled CD on LoLo Records. Comprised of three very
eclectic NY musicians; drummer Chris Massey, reed player
David CasT and guitarist David Torn.
Chris Massey , a player/searcher of the "hidden groove"
following the paths of Jon Christensen and Paul Motian, he also
explores the electro-acoustic realm of drum-synthesizer-loop triggering
as well as performing on various clay drums and gongs. He worked
with Bill Frisell in the early 80´s and was heavily influenced
by the guitarist's quirky compositions and his flexibility of
style. He has since worked with minimalist poet Robert Creeley,
Trio Courage with bassist Steve Swallow and John
Mills, french-hornist Tom Varner, Hans Koch,
Bob Degen Trio, Vinnie Golia and Michael
Guitarist David Torn is well known for his forays into
the musical unknown. A prolific solo-artist and film score composer,
Torn is unstoppable in exploring new sounds, tunings and techniques
on multitude of stringed instruments. He leads and/or performs
with Polytown w/Terry Bozzio and Mick Karn,
Laurie Anderson, Bill Bruford/Tony Levin´s Upper Extremities,
Ryuichi Sakamoto, K.D. Lang, Guitar Obliq
w/ Vernon Reid & Elliot Sharp, DJ Spooky, Me´shell
ndegecello, Chocolate Genius, Jan Garbarek,
Carter Burwell, Subject/Object w/ Vinnie Caliutta
and Doug Lunn, and many others...
Multi-reed player David CasT has been a longtime compatriot
of Torn's and performs on a wide variety of reed instruments,
exotic wood flutes, ethnic wind instruments and electronic effects.
He is a frequent player on the New York scene performing with
John Zorn, the Walter Thompson Orchestra, Dave
Tronzo, Steve Weisberg, Danilo Perez, Karl
Berger, Karen Mantler and has worked with legendary
trumpeter Don Cherry, Al Grey, Neils Larsen Group,
The Memphis Pilgrams, and vibist Karl Berger as
well as producing many recording sessions.
sharp & vivid is the sound of a Velvet-Fist!"
- Playboy Magazine
to it's title, forever sharp & vivid retains it's compositional
focus and is presented with an attention to thematic development
that is hard to come by in this noodling era."
- Tony Green, JazzTimes Magazine
rhythms, mesmerizing loops, dissonant bursts and disquieting quietudes
all contribute to the seething beauty of forever sharp &
vivid's sound. David Torn once told Innerviews...you must
look beyond the whirlpool of the music business to develop something
you think is really important...forever sharp & vivid
is the living embodiment of that philosophy."
- Anil Prashad, Innerviews Online
range of sounds forever sharp & vivid produces using
just the basic setup is truely impressive...from moody sound sculptures
to driving electronic venting, these guys deliver the goods."
- Larry Nal, Progression Magazine
disc is an exquisite adventure in the possibilities of a tradition-conscious
jazz group taking full advantage of the modern studio's capabilities."