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Volumes 1 & 2

by Matthew Golombisky's Cuentos

  • Cassette + Digital Album

    Changes color under black light. Hand-stamped text. Mini score insert of one of the 12 cuentos. Original art. All cassettes/purchases come with digital download (high def sound quality available).

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Matthew Golombisky’s Cuentos represent the compositional culmination of his experiences living in cities throughout the world. His experiences of the musical and cultural environments of each city awaken different directions for inspiration to be opened and explored as short stories in the form of soundscapes. These Cuentos (the Spanish word for short stories) are an ongoing project in which Golombisky works with close musical cohorts from each city to convey the stories of a unique musical geography. This release showcases in-depth explorations of musical friendships developed in both Oakland, where he lived for one year and Chicago where he lived for more than three years.

Each of the Cuentos are concise, intentional aural plots utilizing a small group of trusted musicians from each of these cities. The compositional structures are meant to be simple, and showcase the improvisational precision of each performer, conveying a modest concept with fluidity, clarity, and focus. Even the lengths of the pieces represent a conceptual modesty. Most pieces range from almost-three minutes to five minutes in length; single ideas presented, explored, and left to the listener for reflection. The Cuentos are here and gone before a single musician is able to explore every possibility of the story. The mood of each piece can vary, but usually remains with one singular musical gesture, goal, or feel. In this way, they humbly encourage that the music stays within the realm of a short story format, and doesn't develop into a full novel.

Conceptual modesty is also reflected in the composition titles, which are intentionally numbered rather than named. The compositions aren’t meant to convey specific visual or physical plots, characters or scenes. Golombisky’s preference here is to not interfere with the listener’s experience of the music. This allows for the possibility of a unique Cuento to arise within the imagination. What the listener is left with is an introspection into a single objective that comfortably emerges over the course of the composition, leaving them with a comprehensible aural encounter. - Phil Schurger


released September 1, 2017

Volume 1: West Coast/Oakland:
Aram Shelton - alto sax/bass clarinet
Mark Clifford - vibraphone
Crystal Pascucci - cello
Matthew Golombisky - acoustic bass guitar

Volume 2: Third Coast/Chicago:
James Davis - trumpet
Bill MacKay - guitar
Jeff Greene - contrabass
Matthew Golombisky - electric bass guitar

Volume 1 recorded by Ben Bernstein at Petting Zoo Studio in Oakland CA, USA
Volume 2 recorded by Jamie Wagner at Strobe Recording in Chicago IL, USA
Mixed and mastered by Florencio Justo at Estudio Doctor F. in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Album concept/design by Matthew Golombisky
Original art by Isabella Golombisky


Releases on Chicago-based independent label, ears&eyes Records, on September 1st 2017.

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Matthew Golombisky Buenos Aires, Argentina

US-born, Buenos Aires-based composer, bassist, conductor, ideator, curator, and indie label director.

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