Folk Forms Evaporate Big Sky

Who Cares How Long You Sink

Folk Forms Evaporate Big Sky

SMR-001 CD


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Artist Statement

Who Cares How Long You Sink is a group devoted to the slower aesthetic of musical movement.  It is an attempt at making music move at a pace that closer represents the movement and growth of nature.  Representing something like the moons travel across the night sky and/or a tree's sway in one area of that sky, rather than locomotion or some societal action.  Most material is played during the musicians’ natural inhales or exhales and not to an external clock.  Allowing everyone to move at their own pace through the material, becoming one layer in the stack of sound, motion and harmonic possibilities. 

The breath process becomes orchestration for the Ajemian's folk forms and vocal experiments.

Press for Folk Forms Evaporate Big Sky:

Mercurial bassist Jason Ajemian has been known to turn in odd, idiosyncratic live performances—in fact, that’s arguably his calling card. So this ambitious masterwork was a surprise, a dreamy mélange of all the minimalist folk, jazz and creative music Ajemian plays in other settings. Recorded in a South Side church, this album feels unaccountably majestic.

—Time Out Chicago

Ajemian’s project sounds like nothing you have ever heard before, incorporating a plethora of different musical styles and creative traits. In fact, there are so many involved styles that, apart from a jazz influence, the origins are often indistinguishable. This may be in credit to Ajemian’s diverse range, as he is also a member of Chicago-based bands Exploding Star Orchestra, Chicago Underground Trio, Dragons 1976, From Beyond, Loversrock, Lay All Over It, A Cushicle, and various others.

—Mike Mineo, Obscure Sound

Music has an awesome power that even in its laziness and tranquility; it exudes this awesome, life-affirming power. Stop me now, if I'm starting to sound like one of those TV spinsters, but it's the truth. Having heard a piece of music that is breathtaking, I immediately stop whatever it is that I'm doing and take note. I'm all ears. It's just me and the sounds coming out of those speakers. Jason Ajemian's new record is one such release. Compositions he pens are works of real beauty.

—Tom Sekowski, Gaz-Eta