Upheaval Suite, recorded over the span of two years in multiple environments in Arizona and Texas, is Steve Jansen’s attempt at documenting how sound is influenced by wide-ranging states of mental health/disease related to displacement and the foreign and usually uncomfortable spaces that the musician tried to make “home.”
Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Jansen is a Texas-based experimentalist whose musical pursuits focus on alto saxophone, tape-manipulation, extended guitar loops, and contact mic-aided soundscapes.
He has played with improvisors from around the world, including Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Tim Daisy, James Fella, and Whoopi Pupi, and shared bills with musical luminaries Frank Rosaly, Dave Rempis, Retox, Christina Carter, and Richard Ramirez. In April 2014, he completed an extensive tour of the American Southwest with sound artist heavyweight John Wiese of Sissy Spacek.
All tunes on Upheaval Suite were recorded live – no tracking – save for “Upheaval Suite III.” Instruments/sounds include: MiniDisc player/condenser microphone feedback and laptop, vocal microphone feedback and loop station, alto saxophone, tape manipulation, voice, prepared electric guitar, broken bell, and metal chains.
released May 6, 2014
Composed, produced and engineered by Steve Jansen.
Mastered by Frank Gonzales at Red Room Studio, Phoenix, Arizona.
Front cover image of Wli Falls, Hohoe, Ghana, West Africa by Steve Jansen.