Combining jazz and the Chinese zodiac — a novel idea. The Live EP from Montréal-based group Rhythm & Hues — masterminded by musician and composer Parker Mah – does just that. Six tracks are available to listen (and download for free for a limited time) over at Bandcamp.
Based on his brief, I worked with Parker to create the cover album, which features a rhythmic emanation of “soundforms” — folded, constellated space — originating from a glowing image of the Chinese luo pan, which is used in ancient geomantic practices, and synthesizes knowledge of the heaven and stars with that of the earth. The all-important lunar cycle is depicted by the ring of phasing moons below. Like Parker’s album concept, the idea is that sound vibrations underlie all reality/matter, and seen through a composer’s eye, can even describe the essence of character as well.