José Medeles to release solo album “ART OF SLOWNESS: THE HALFLING SESSION” 12/2/18 on Jealous Butcher Records
Through a sparse and thoughtful performance, Medeles’ Electravibe (an electric vibraphone) asks you not to hang on each chord or phrase, but to experience the infinity in between, and those fleeting moments of familiarity as your mind, with the assistance of his etherial soundtrack, sews those little memories together to form a path into your dreams.
In his solo work “The Art of Slowness: The Halfling Session”, Medeles explores these mental landscapes, a patchwork of moments lived and those that have not yet been experienced, weaving enchanting notes that string together the tapestry of your mind. Unlike the driving sound of 1939 Ensemble, “The Art of Slowness” offers ambience and restraint, hints of dreamscapes past, elements of Jean-Michel Jarre’s seminal “Oxygène”, Apex Twin’s “Stone in Focus”, and Vangelis’ “Tears in The Rain” helping to form the needle by which this humble offering stitches its sonic palate. Unconfined by the soundscape genre, Medeles forges ahead, utilizing his instrument in uncommon and strikingly meaningful fashion.
“ART OF SLOWNESS” sample:
Record release show will be held at HALFLING STUDIOS on December 1st. 6-9pm. Celebrating a night of sounds, words and art. Poetry reading by John Niekrasz. Art exhibition by Micah Kassell. DJ sets by Derek Smith (KMHD). Electronic set from GRAINTABLE Free. All Ages.
“RECEPTION” directed by Jeremiah Hayden
José was the drummer of THE BREEDERS (2000-2010) and leads the post rock-new jazz quartet 1939 ENSEMBLE.
Has recorded and drummed with BEN HARPER, MODEST MOUSE, SCOUT NIBLET, JOEY RAMONE, KIM DEAL (solo), STEVE SOTO and many others. Is the proprietor of REVIVAL DRUM SHOP (est. 2009) a world renowned drum shop in Portland, OR; a shop dedicated to vintage and custom drums. Authored “THE STOIC DRUMMER” book, that has been embraced by the drummers all over the world and called “an inspiring piece of work”.