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JONATHAN KANE AND DAVE SOLDIER
February meets Soldier String Quartet
Release date February 1, 2021
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Produced, composed, arranged and performed by
Jonathan Kane and Dave Soldier
Legendary NYC composers, band leaders, multi-instrumentalists and long time collaborators Jonathan Kane and Dave Soldier join forces with two of their most enduring projects—the trance-blues ecstatic minimalism of Jonathan Kane’s February, and the groundbreaking experimental string quartet innovations of Soldier String Quartet. With collective experience that include Swans, La Monte Young and Rhys Chatham for Kane, and John Cale, Bo Diddley and Kurt Vonnegut for Soldier, this pair has got stories.
February Meets Soldier String Quartet weds overtone-drenched drones with Delta and Chicago blues, trance, minimalism, jazz, no-wave, Haydn, and the great American songbook. It’s music that reconciles hypnosis with the physicality of a sweat-drenched juke joint. These are sounds for dancing, meditating, having sex, or banging your head against the wall.
Jonathan Kane is a downtown NYC legend, as co-founder of the no-wave behemoth Swans, and the rhythmic thunder behind the massed-guitar armies of Rhys Chatham and the three-hour blues excursions of minimalist godfather La Monte Young—and as one of the hardest-hitting drummers on the planet. His critically acclaimed trance-blues releases February, I Looked At The Sun and Jet Ear Party, power guitar-driven minimalism into the blues, and the blues into guitar-driven harmonic maximalism. His live band Jonathan Kane’s February has performed internationally to kinetically charged audiences. Kane has also worked with The Kropotkins, Transmission, Circus Mort, John Zorn, Gary Lucas, The Kane Bros. Blues Band and
Jean-Francois Pauvros. He appears on over 75 records.
Dave Soldier’s many projects include the Thai Elephant Orchestra consisting of 14 elephants in northern Thailand, the cult Delta punk band the Kropotkins, The People’s Choice (The World’s Most Unwanted Music), the Soldier String Quartet, the Brainwave Music Project, and coaching children to compose their own music in Harlem, Brooklyn, and Guatemala. He has performed as violinist, guitarist, and composer/arranger with Bo Diddley, John Cale, Kurt Vonnegut, David Byrne and others, appearing on over 100 records, including 20 featuring his compositions for classical and jazz musicians. Soldier, as Dr. David Sulzer is also a professor at Columbia University Medical Center in the Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Pharmacology. His book Music, Math and Mind on the physics and neuroscience of music will be published in February by Columbia Press.
“Jonathan Kane weds the brutal severity of Delta country boogie and Seventies German pulse rock—all dead-ahead motion and mounting detail. Epic.” – Rolling Stone
“When Dave Soldier writes for strings he makes them something to be reckoned with. As a fiddler, he manhandles his instrument, really brutalizes it, in a way that’s entertaining and refreshing.” – John Cale in the New York Times
“Any self-respecting fan of downtown music could tell you that a project involving drummer Jonathan Kane and multi-instrumentalist David Soldier is bound to be both intensely eclectic and a whole lot of fun.” – Time Out New York
“Intensely propulsive motorik blues, February’s muscularity and greased relentlessness is never less than exhilarating.” – Uncut
“Soldier is no stranger to the blues. The Soldier String Quartet does microtonal arrangements of Muddy Waters songs that are both decorous and ass-kicking.” – Village Voice
“Jonathan Kane’s February is paradise between the back porch, the urban jungle and the heavens above. Rarely does the avant-garde rock this hard.” – Time Out New York
“The most astonishing performance of the evening at Lincoln Center was the set by the Soldier String Quartet. Mr. Soldier pulls together Bartok’s spiked harmonies and knotty counterpoint, and the backbeat and wailing phrases of the blues.” – New York Times
“Somewhere between Sonic Youth and Steve Reich is the drummer Jonathan Kane—interested in the crossroads of new music iconoclasm and experimental rock. Virtuosic.” – New York Times
“One thing about having an approach as idiosyncratic as Dave Soldier’s is that once listeners know your work at all, they realize that coming to new works with any expectations about style, form or language is fruitless.” – New York Times
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