"CEREMONIES OUT OF THE AIR is the premiere double-length solo album of virtuoso Philadelphia-based saxophonist Keir Neuringer. Consisting of five extended improvisations performed before an invited audience in August 2013, the album presents the widely-travelled composer-performer’s raw emotions laid bare in sound. These ceremonies are physical exhalations of grief at the loss of his mother months before the recording – by turns contemplative, ecstatic, restrained, and unbridled. They reveal Neuringer’s prodigious technical vocabulary and physical stamina, as well as his idiosyncratic compositional influences and sensibilities. Central to all of it is the uncompromising urgency that is a key facet of Neuringer’s creative work.
Between the album’s opening okay we can go now – an uninterrupted 21-minute meditation on the harmonics of the alto’s lowest pitch – and the keening closing folk rhapsody we had mostly good timesover an hour later, the sound of the saxophone ceases only between tracks, as Neuringer’s use of the circular breathing technique is set in relief against a wide emotional palette and a wealth of sonic history and musical practice.
ceremonies out of the air is released on CD and double-vinyl gatefold LP by New Atlantis Records on April 22, 2014. Recorded by Eugene Lew and mastered by Kato Hideki, it features specially-commissioned art by Brooklyn-based painter Erin Rice and a deeply personal text by Neuringer. The album takes its title from a passage in Cormac McCarthy’s The Road: 'Evoke the forms. Where you’ve nothing else construct ceremonies out of the air and breathe upon them.'"
-NEW ATLANTIS RECORDS
79 minute, 5 track album of saxophone solos by Keir Neuringer. To the memory of Esther Neuringer (1947-2013). Composed in performance on 23 August 2013 at the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia.
released April 22, 2014
Recorded & mixed by Eugene Lew
Mastered by Kato Hideki
Album art by Erin Rice
Design by Keir Neuringer & Erin Rice
Produced by Keir Neuringer
With help from & thanks to Brit Campese
Released on LP & CD by New Atlantis Records
Published by Progressive Apes (ASCAP)