Monday, November 30, 2009
ARK018 = Nick Hennies : Turned CD-R 3" 8.99
Nick Hennies is the Drummer from Austin Institution Weird Weeds, but don't be alarmed when you hear his solo music, because it sounds nothing like the wonderful Weird Weeds. Nick Hennies has performed with some very notable musicians, but maybe the most memorable being Jandek's first American performance. This is his third solo album and it is available one time only of a limited 49 copies on mini 3" CD, and will be a must have down the line
Review from IMA:
Indianapolis Museum of Art; July 30; part of the Tara Donovan exhibition. Austin-based percussionist and composer Nick Hennies set up his wares in the middle of the now-closed exhibition by Tara Donovan and played two pieces over the course of about 45 minutes. The first, "Objects," was, as the musician later told us, "partially inspired" by Donovan's work, and it was a breeze to see why. Just like Donovan's stacking of everyday objects to create dimensional landscapes, Hennies uses his instruments to create rhythmic stacking, beating on the woodblocks, snare, marimba and triangle with a persistent tempo that results in waves of sonic resonance. The second piece, "Psalms," broken into five sub-pieces, continued the theme, proving that Donovan and Hennies are two peas in an artistic pod, their respective artforms painstaking, while their art gathers itself up into something beguiling, even transcendent. By what turned out to be the fifth "Psalm," I had long lost count, eyes closed, stacking my own art in my head.
Review from ihatemusic
Composed in 2008, "Turned" is a single 20-minute piece for maracas and continues Hennies' research into the potential of under-used percussion instruments. Released by Portland label Architect Records, comes in a 3" jewel case with professionally printed artwork.