by Jonathan Rowden (WYR)

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WYR is an experimental, electroacoustic trio comprised of two drummer-percussionists and one saxophonist. Combining a myriad of acoustic instruments at their disposal along with a constantly changing palette of electronic effects, WYR creates improvised music that is "Organized sound at its most eloquent and vivid" (quote by Gary Fukushima of LA Weekly).

NOVA is the product of an entirely improvised performance on September 14th, 2015 in the McKinney Theater at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, CA. Interestingly, this performance took place the night before TERRANIGMA was recorded at Blue Whale in Little Tokyo - the trio took the stage to let go before approaching the live session the following night, where they would be joined by vocalists Areni Agbabian and Joanna Wallfisch. The result is a raw, unadulterated sound world that moves from brutal and truly terrifying to calm and contemplative, foreshadowing themes that would echo throughout TERRANIGMA the following evening in a completely different aesthetic scenario.

The performance was documented before a live audience courtesy of audio/visual director Kevin Mowry.

For their latest film WYR TERRANIGMA please visit WYRFILM.COM or visit YOUTUBE.


released April 28, 2016

WYR NOVA (Live at Saddleback College)

Jonathan Rowden - Tenor/Soprano Saxophones, Electronics/Live Sampling, Flute Head-joint, Found Percussion
Chris Wabich - Drums, Percussion, Steel Pan
James Yoshizawa - Drums, Percussion

Recorded on September 14th, 2016 at the Saddleback College Arts McKinney Theater
Produced by WYR courtesy of Joey Sellers and the Saddleback College Arts Department
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Kevin Mowry
Edited by Jonathan Rowden



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Jonathan Rowden Los Angeles, California

"Jonathan Rowden is a name to watch as a signature voice on the Los Angeles jazz scene." Downbeat Mag 2016

"[JR] and his jazz. What can I say? The man is a musical juggernaut." LA Music Blog 2016 (Anthony Marks)

"Jonathan Rowden is making some notable noise as a worthy player and conceptualist way out west...a west coast with something fresh to say and play." Downbeat Magazine 2014 (J Woodard)
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