I finally was able put together an album of improvisations performed over the last year (Cellar Door Records).  Also included are a couple works, “Currents” and “Elevator to the Moon.”  In the near future I will be releasing an album of sound art-related works titled “Songs of the Singularity.”  Stay tuned.  – JC

It is exciting that Duo Harpverk will be performing The Old Cellar this Sunday at Reykjavik Art Museum in Iceland!

I will be visiting Bellingham for the Sound Culture:  Adventures Festival – April 30 thru May 2, 2015, My set will include two music/video presentations, an excerpt of my work Passi as the music to Susan Haines’ short dance film “A Study in Red #4″, and a video re-showing of “Gazing;” the contemporary dance (choreography Susan Haines, music myself).  Lastly, I will be premiering an electroacoustic work for the festival titled “Alarm Will Sound.”

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As you know, I had the pleasure of being performed by Duo Harpverk in Iceland at Ásmundur Sveinsson Sculpture Museum.   They were kind enough to send along the recording of their performance of “The Old Cellar.  A minimalesque-fantasy.  Enjoy!

Currents Video 2015

February 21, 2015

Artwork “Geometropolis” 2007 by Jon Brenner.

Painting by Sibyl Allenson “Life, Beginning” (1960s)

Pleased to announce the premiere of The Old Cellar, a piece written for percussion and harp – scheduled to be performed Friday, February 6 at 9:00pm UTC, Reykjavík, Iceland by Duo Harpverk.   Frank Aarnink and Katie Buckley are the two members of the duo (also members of the Icelandic Symphonie Orchestra).  Duo Harpverk has performed in many excellent venues, including here in the states at The Kennedy Center.

“During the Icelandic Museum Night we will play our ‘Passport’ concert. This concert has pieces from all over the world, including the 100th piece ever written for us! Come hear all world premieres by J.C. Combs (USA), Michiharu Matsunaga (Japan), David Otten (NL), Nicolas Marty (France), and Alexander Sigman (USA).”  – Duo Harpverk

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It was refreshing to see a review of a work I posted to Soundcloud as a dedication to my friend, Paul Muller.  Paul happens to be a huge Steve Reich fan and creates minimalist-style works as well, hence the dedication.  This was the first piece in the study and for this one I chose to base the method off of Reich’s Clapping Music in conjunction with other methods.  So perhaps not true to the phasing of tempo adjustments which I will address in further studies.

“The driving pulse of the music has the busy urban nightscape quality of Reich’s early works in this manner, where musical lines of close derivation create sonic moiré patterns.”  –  Disquiet 

Mark Wittlestick (Video)

December 10, 2014

“What to say other than “oh, oh, oh”, for this damsel is one to get passionate about.”  –  The Cookshop (full review here)

Album link – https://jccombs.bandcamp.com/album/jane-martin