by Jonathan Rowden (WYR)

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WYR TERRANIGMA is an improvised, electroacoustic adventure that is the result of one night of heated experimentation at the famed Los Angeles jazz/creative music venue Blue Whale, in the Little Tokyo district of Downtown LA. WYR is a two-drummer + sax ensemble made up of Jonathan Rowden (saxophones and electronics), Chris Wabich and James Yoshizawa (drums and percussion). TERRANIGMA finds them in intimate collaboration with vocalist Joanna Wallfisch and vocalist/pianist Areni Agbabian.

Separated into two movements in audio form, the original version is a full-length concert film available to watch at wyrfilm.com or youtube.com/c/jonathanrowden filmed, directed, engineered and mixed/mastered by Alex Chaloff and Ricky Chavez of Buckets Moving Company.


released April 28, 2016

"[WYR is] organized sound at its most eloquent and vivid"

"[Rowden] adds his own expertise on extended saxophone techniques to create an aural experience which transcends the conventional to a place of abstract emotion and meaning."

- Gary Fukushima, LA Weekly

Released January 8th, 2016
Recorded on September 15th, 2015 at Blue Whale in Downtown Los Angeles, CA.

Produced by Jonathan Rowden with Chris Wabich and James Yoshizawa
Sound Engineered by Alex Chaloff
Filmed and edited by Alex Chaloff and Ricky Chavez
Mixed and mastered by Alex Chaloff at Bucket’s Moving Company in Sherman Oaks, CA

Jonathan Rowden - tenor and soprano saxophones, electronic effects and sampling
Areni Agbabian - prepared piano and voice
Joanna Wallfisch - voice and electronic effects
Chris Wabich - drums, percussion and Fender Rhodes (88)
James Yoshizawa - drums and percussion

All music conceived by WYR collective ie:
© Jonathan Rowden Music (ASCAP), 2016
lyrics to “Satellite” written and performed by Joanna Wallfisch (ASCAP)
© Joanna Wallfisch Music (ASCAP)
original poetry written and performed by Areni Agbabian (ASCAP)
© Areni Agbabian (ASCAP)

Special Thanks + Shoutouts to AEA Ribbon Mics (ribbonmics.com), Da'ddario Winds & Conn-Selmer USA

©Jonathan Rowden Music, 2016. All rights reserved.



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"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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