"MELDS is the new release from NODES, one of my favorite projects that I’ve ever been involved with, and this second release integrates the live electronic processing and the trio in new and surprising ways. As improvisors, we are always looking for new challenges and landscapes, and Christopher Biggs has upped the ante on our second album, integrating his sonic landscapes into the overall texture of the music seamlessly, creating a palette of sounds that inspire us and force us to listen and react in totally new ways. We were also thrilled to record a new piece written for us by Lisa Renée Coons, entitles She Storm." ANDREW RATHBUN
“I can’t say I’ve ever done anything quite like this, and I don’t think any of my other records sound anything remotely like this. Although I’ve always been interested in playing in more open settings, I’ve never done something of this depth and length with so little predetermined structure.” ANDREW RATHBUN
“Long-time collaborators Taylor Haskins and Andrew Rathbun team up with the brilliant Tom Rainey and energetic Matt Pavolka to create a recording that runs the gamut from wild to serene. They operate in both open forms and with structure, sometimes dancing together and other times sparring, to create a sonic journey that is always evolving."
"This music has been with me for more than 30 years in a search for personal expression. It is like a navigator's log that is brought to life through new experiences and is constantly changing. On this album I have taken a risk to merge archaic songs of Northwestern Argentina with techniques of contemporary improvisation and free jazz, while trying to respect the depth of the original musical expression."