this light used to be a mountain

A months-long flurry of six almost comically incompatible schedules cleared for a few hours one bright December morning, just enough time to get everyone in the same room and press ‘record’. The happy outcome is this light used to be a mountain, a continuation of my fascination with the blur between classical, jazz, folk, and experimental textures and the first EP from the newest Stamper ensemble, color as time.

Playing at the edges of the composed and the improvised, the music is constructed from Elliott Carter and Olivier Messiaen-inspired time-stretching compositional techniques, occupied by a love for contrapuntal textures and a harmonic world inspired by jazz musicians from Bill Evans to Duke Ellington to Wayne Shorter.

color as time is a nimble, nuanced, and soulful sextet made up of some of Philadelphia’s finest – all good-looking folks with rapier wit and generous musicality.

Paul Arbogast – trombones
Bethany Brooks – piano, keyboards, sounds
Mike Cemprola – woodwinds
Christopher McDonald – piano, keyboards, sounds
Matt Scarano – drums
Moi – guitar, compositions

Please enjoy the music here or by clicking on the image above. If you like what you hear, you can purchase the digital format of your choice. All proceeds from album sales will go directly to the tour fund so we can bring you this new music live!

If you really like what you hear, please spread the word. Tell your friends, your family, your mortal enemies through all manner of time-tested forms of communication: F-book, Twitter, email, paper airplanes, fervent gesticulations, yelling, etc.

Thanks as always, dear friends – for listening and for your continued support! You’re all tops.