Rauschenberg Was Weeping

Princeton Musicians Come Together in New Record

Published By: 
Dasha Koltunyuk
Oct 22, 2018

Underwolf Records, co-directed by Princeton University graduate composers Noah Kaplan and Chris Douthitt, as well as Princeton Sound Kitchen performer Rosie Kaplan, has released a new album. "Rauschenberg Was Weeping" includes works by Rinde Eckert (frequent visiting lecturer in the Department of Music and the Lewis Center for the Arts) and graduate composer Quinn Collins,  and also features Department of Music alumna Leila Adu, as well as Noah and Rosie Kaplan.

About the Album:

Rauschenberg Was Weeping is a collaborative album of hallucinatory near-songs by GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist and writer Rinde Eckert and maverick composer/bassist Quinn Collins.

Recorded over several experimental, improvisatory sessions, Rauschenberg Was Weeping is a rare collision of the philosophical and the instinctual—a study in experimentation, uncertainty, and the limits of knowing anything. Eckert’s texts, like his virtuosic array of vocal personas, search for order in a shuffled deck, finding traces of truth in a disorienting multiplicity of dubious facts. Collins, alternately on bass and guitar, matches Eckert’s deconstructed word-arias with shape-shifting basslines, squelches of electronic noise, and at times, unselfconscious warmth. 

The give-and-take is grounded by a troupe of multitalented players of the downtown jazz, free improvisation, and indie music scenes: Federico Ughi on drums, Leila Adu on vocals, Chris Marianetti (Bang on a Can) on keyboards, Dan Kochersberger (Manhattan Saxophone Quartet) on tenor sax, and Noah and Rosie K (Dollshot) on tenor sax and vocals.

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