Jonah Parzen-Johnson

Jonah Parzen-Johnson

Jonah Parzen-Johnson is a saxophonist living in Brooklyn, NY. He writes music for solo saxophone and analog synthesizer. Imagine the raw energy of an Appalachian Folk choir, tempered by a lofi, minimal aesthetic. His carefully assembled analog synthesizer breathes with his saxophone, building independent melodic layers to support his sound, or soaring above his extended technique driven saxophone playing. All performed live, without any looping or recorded samples. A Chicago native, Jonah’s circular breathing, multi-phonics and inclusively experimental style owe a debt to the Chicago saxophone legacy, but his devotion to a quirky almost vocal approach places him in new territory for the solo saxophone. He has meticulously constructed a world of warm memories remembered in a cold present, as he melds the evocative nature of folk music with the chilling power of experimentalism. Along with playing solo, Jonah is a co-leader of Brooklyn Afrobeat outfit, Zongo Junction.

Similar Fashion

Similar Fashion is an avant-rollercoaster-jazz-n-roll band from Los Angeles featuring Logan Hone (saxophone), Lauren Baba (viola), Gregory Uhlmann (guitar), & Jesse Quebbeman-Turley (drums). The band combines Logan's kinetic songs with joyous singing, noisy interlocking grooves, fierce musical intensity, and dancing.

Their debut album, Logan Hone’s Similar Fashion, was released in 2015 on pfMentum and was described by LA Weekly as “a mostly irreverent romp full of chaotic sounds.” Downtown Music Gallery called it a “breath of fresh air” that “certainly does feel good.” It sure does! Similar Fashion toured twice in 2016 and has performed and presented lectures at Cry and Roar 6, University of Utah, University of Reno, Snow College, College of Southern Idaho, Berkeley Arts Festival, The Blue Whale, Open Gate Concert Series, MorYork, among many more.

Booker Stardrum

Booker Stardrum is a percussionist/improviser/composer based in Brooklyn/Los Angeles. Stardrum's solo work began as an experiment to create new compositional ideas in percussive sound, born from his own idiosyncratic performance practice. In November 2015 he released "Dance And." Using synthesizer and extended percussion and recording techniques, "Dance And" exists at the intersection of minimalism, sound collage and percussive virtuosity. Stardrum co-leads, performs and tours with a diverse group of projects and has released music on Northern Spy, NNA, Mexican Summer, Hometapes and Prom Night. He is currently working on new jams.

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