A transformative blend of jazz, fusion, and world beats with orchestral elements.
“Every so often, a recording graces us with its unique originality and musical fulfillment. Today, that distinction belongs to Eric Johnsen's Liminality. Its unparalleled creativity is masterfully executed and arranged. With each listen, it deeply resonates, reaching corners of my soul I rarely explore.”Bret Primack, The Jazz Video guy, author and music journalist
1. First Impressions (excerpt)
2. The Dreamers (excerpt)
3. Patience (excerpt)
4. Where the North Wind Blows (excerpt)
5. Undertow - Path of Heart (excerpt)
6. Path of Heart (excerpt)
7. Stillness (excerpt)
8. Last Cha Cha for July (excerpt)
9. All Things Known (excerpt 1)
10. All Things Known (excerpt 2)
“[A] master class in composition, production, and orchestration. The musicianship is mind-blowing. I love listening to the interplay between the musicians. This is a must listen for anyone who enjoys music that takes you on a journey.”Jervonny Collier, bassist, Gladys Knight, Bruce Hornsby
“Involved, evolved, emotive... There is SO MUCH going on musically and conceptually within this project. Each composition stands on its own, but taken together, there is an evocative cohesion of highly attuned aesthetic pervading the work.”Dan Marcus, Trombonist, Ray Charles, Woody Herman
Imagine going on a journey so profound that by the end you will not be the same person you once were. You will not see yourself or the world as you once did. Now imagine the tipping point between the old and the new perceptions, before crossing over from what was to what will be. That moment of your journey is the essence of liminality. Whether transitions of consciousness, identity, relationships, or communities - from a state of mind to a moment in time - liminality is the twilight on the eve of profound change.
Released in 2023, this musical project seeks to explore a similar space. Combining an improvisational chamber ensemble with strings, Liminality weaves together jazz, fusion, and world beats with chamber and orchestral elements. The music ranges from strictly composed to purely improvisational. Textures range from the power of the full ensemble with chamber string orchestra to the delicacies of solo and duet performances. At times the music floats in ethereal spaces; at other times it is rhythmically driving, anchored by American, Indian, an Afro-Cuban influences.
The full improvisational chamber ensemble consists of piano/keyboards, basses, guitars, voices, flute, drums, tabla, and hand percussion. Far from providing mere ornamental support, the strings are an integral part of the music: sometimes featured alone, sometimes fronting the ensemble, and sometimes playing off the ensemble — and off each other — as if in dialogue.
“Singing Eric's music was a vibrant, immersive experience. Each song was like a movie of its own, taking me to new, exciting places. I felt so much joy and delight through this musical journey!”Song Yi Jeon, vocalist and composer, Quincy Jones CJ&E fellow, Rolex Arts Initiative Mentor
The Improvisational Chamber Ensemble
Song Yi Jeon
The String Chamber Orchestra
Adam Taubitz (concertmaster)
Frida Siegrist Oliver
Elia Portabales Rodriguez
The String Quintet
Research and development support for this music was provided by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Community Foundation, with funding from the Newton and Betty Rosenzweig Fund for the Arts.
VERY SPECIAL THANKS to the following patrons of the arts:
Marjy Johnsen (Dynamic Arts Concepts)
Paul and Nancy Johnsen
Gary Swimmer and Maria Kacandes-Kamil
Mark and Beth Hansen
Susan and Marty Nordlof
Ed Scheckner and Lucy Wilson
Glenn Furnier and Aida Castillo-Flores
Co-Producers: Doug Martin and Wiley Ross
Executive Producer: Doug Martin
Executive Producer: Doug Martin
Ⓟ © 2023 Wigtones
Cover image: ©Gina Parr - www.ginaparr.com