We’re premiering another track on I CARE IF YOU LISTEN today–this time from saxophonist Jonah Parzen-Johnson. His new album I Try to Remember Where I Come From features seven newly-composed songs for saxophone and analog synthesizers, which are both controlled simultaneously by Parzen-Johnson. His use of circular breathing techniques, jazz and minimalist influences, and lo-fi electronics combine to create seamless, catchy grooves. The album will be out on Clean Feed Records on July 7, 2017, but you can pre-order the album here.
Of today’s track premiere, Too Many Dreams, Parzen-Johnson says:
Too Many Dreams is about understanding where I fit in the fight for progress. There’re so many ways that I want to be involved in addressing inequality in our society, but when I try to commit my work to such a culturally defining cause, my effort seems meaningless. This song is about reminding myself that change happens when all kinds of people work together, and contribute their effort to something bigger than their own individual lives. It’s not about building something I can claim as my own contribution, its about adding my effort to our effort.
About the artist:
Jonah Parzen-Johnson is a saxophonist living in Brooklyn, NY. He writes lofi music for solo saxophone and analog synthesizer as a foundation for constructive dialogue. 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.