Introducing The Fulminate Trio: Downtown all-stars release new album

The NYC downtown sound comes full circle and is re-founded with the Unseen Rain Records release of "Triangulation" by The Fulminate Trio. The ensemble unites the strongest improvisational talents in this creative music which bridges free jazz to new composition and repels genre classification. ANDERS NILSSON's deeply emotive and astonishingly agile guitar excursions burst into the masterful and thoroughly commanding upright bass of KEN FILIANO as MICHAEL EVANS' anarchistic drums and percussion encircle the foray, claiming a world of daring, new sounds. This, if nothing else, is a music of the moment, one dedicated in raw emotion to the times in which we live.

FULMINATE:|ˈfo͝olməˌnāt, ˈfəl-|

verb [ no obj. ] to express vehement protest; to explode violently or flash like lightning; sudden onset

Critics have struggled to accurately describe the resultant sounds. Bill Milkowski, writing in "Jazz Times" magazine, described the Trio's 2007 independent release as, "a delicate acute-listening dynamic for half of this experimental ECM-ish program, but they are also capable of exploding with rock-fueled dissonance and bombast". Uber-hip radio station WFMU called the Fulminate experience, "A sonic blast of sublime confrontations. Will insight dreams and deliriums. Free and out. Exploring the realms of open jazz. Elements of rock and free music step over the line here...". While AllAboutJazz said of the Trio, "A strong collective group aesthetic prevails, resulting in dense soundscapes". More to the point Downtown Music Gallery's Bruce Gallanter wrote, "All I can say is Wow! This is a most impressive trio offering that appears to defy categorization and remains engaging throughout".

The Fulminate Trio were founded in 2006, performing a wide range of concerts in their New York City home base. The band has also performed abroad including a 2009 set at the KopaFest in Malmo, Sweden. On their new release, "Triangulation" (Unseen Rain Records UR9949) the trio performs original compositions ranging from forlorn ballads to heated interplay—as well as a reconstruction of a Buffy Sainte-Marie song. With disciplined, fine-tuned restraint both compositionally and improvisationally, each side of the triangle is transitional. "Triangulation" is a metaphor of the three sides in flux, shape-shifting over each sound, each silence. The listening experience is overtaken only by the visual, as the tapestry of colors and motion become one. Claiming the stage, the Fulminate Trio conjure the fire god.


Swedish-born electric guitarist ANDERS NILSSON moved to New York in 2000 and became an immediate part of Sluggs' jam sessions. Since that time he has worked with many artists on the experimental NY scene such as Sabir Mateen, Daniel Carter, Elliot Sharp, Eugene Chadbourne, Raoul Björkenheim, Matt Heyner, Kermit Driscoll, John Sinclair, Paquito D'Rivera, Evan Gallagher, Gerald Cleaver, Tom Bruno and Ras Moshe, among others. Anders is also half of a noted duo with vocalist Fay Victor. He has composed music for film, dance and theatre productions as well as his own ensembles. Anders studied guitar and jazz at Malmo Academy of Music in his homeland before moving to New York City where he completed an MA in Jazz Performance at City College.

Embracing classical, jazz, the world of spontaneous improvisation and inter-disciplinary performances with dance and the spoken word, KEN FILIANO fuses the rich traditions available to the double bass, bringing out the many voices inherent within this instrument. Ken tours widely, playing across the United States, Canada, Europe and South America. Among the artists he has worked with are Anthony Braxton, Karl Berger, Bill Dixon, Fred Ho, Nels Cline, Fay Victor, Roswell Rudd, Jason Hwang, and many others, and in a duet with vocalist Andera Wolper. Ken holds an MM from Rutgers University and has taught bass and improvisation in various colleges.

MICHAEL EVANS is an improvising drummer / percussionist / multi-instrumentalist / composer whose work investigates and embraces the collision of sound and theatrics. As well as being a drumset player, his work with unusual sound sources includes found objects, homemade instruments, the theremin and various digital and homemade analog electronics. He has recorded and performed with a variety of artists internationally including Carla Bley, Lol Coxhill, Ron Anderson, Michael Gira, William Parker, LaDonna Smith, God is My Co-Pilot, John Zorn and many more. Michael's studies in drumset, hand drums, tabla and more have taken him around the planet.

Unseen Rain Records:

UNSEEN RAIN is a visionary record label offering jazz and improvised music by contemporary innovators on various media. UR is focused on high production values and recognizes the entire process surrounding a recording as art.

UR recordings are available in a number of formats, High Definition FLAC, CD quality FLAC, Apple Lossless and maximum quality mp3 (320k) as well as select titles on CD and soon, audiophile quality LPs.

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