Sunday, October 18, 2015

Recording: Karen Ng + Sexy Merlin

Artist: Karen Ng + Sexy Merlin

Songs: Karen Ng + Sexy Merlin - [excerpt from first piece, in two parts]

Recorded at Dundas Video ("Track Could Bend #7"), October 6, 2015.

Karen Ng + Sexy Merlin - [excerpt from first piece, part 1]

Karen Ng + Sexy Merlin - [excerpt from first piece, part 2]

Some very tasty directions here in this pair's first-ever duo set. Credit is due to Neil Rankin and Paul Erlichman of Germaphobes, who'd drafted sax player Karen Ng and percussionist Sean Dunal as extra players on their multimedia SummerWorks spectacular. I was surprised to learn that night that the pair hadn't met before, and my brain immediately started coming up with a plan to recombine their talents. Working more often in a rock context, Dunal shows off a nimble improvisatory touch here, pushing and pulling the tempo and adding some atmospheric synth touches to give Ng a variety of settings to play against. Sadly, this pairing won't get an encore in the immediate future as Dunal has now decamped to the West Coast. Best of luck to him there — hopefully folks out that way will realize they have a true gem in their midst.

[The next Track Could Bend — featuring SlowPitchSound, APA, and Jack Vorvis & Scott Thomson — will be at Dundas Video on Tuesday, November 3rd.]

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