Selenographia

Nathan Hanson & Doan Roessler

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Selenographia is a fancy term for the mapping of the moon’s topography. It’s also an apposite analogy for the creative interplay of Hanson and Roessler in this context. Theirs is an intimate vocabulary of musical markers that reflects longstanding artistic and geographical confluence. The lunar imagery in the album’s titles is no casual assignation either as it matches landmarks on the celestial satellite’s surface with the panoply of thoughts and moods threaded through the music. “Tranquility”, “Solitude”, “Trust” and “Fear”, all have their aural analogues in the architectures of sound.

Both players deal adroitly in the sort of extended techniques that are de rigueur on this sort of date. Where they differ is in the consistency with which they personalize said methods of expression. Roessler’s arco dexterity is frequently mesmerizing in celerity and precision, but his creations never feel bruising or bombastic. Even when he’s bouncing his bow off strings to conjure fibrillating rhythmic patterns of hummingbird speed as on “Lake of Forgetfulness” the results avoid sounding obvious or overwrought. Hanson commands the full range of his straight horn peeling off velvety purrs on the melody-rich “La Lune Est Morte” or turning to piquant nasalized repetitions on “Marsh of Sleep” and “Seething Bay” sure to make the ghost of... more credits released April 20, 2012

Nathan Hanson Soprano Saxophone

Brian Roessler Double Bass

Recorded & Mixed by Brian Roessler

Mastered by Alex Oana

Track Selection & Sequence by Jean Rochard (courtesy of disques nato)

Design & Printing by Cork Leg Nelson

Executive Producers Karen & Ron Roessler Kari & Bernie Dusich

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    La Lune Est Morte

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    Sea of Tranquility

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    Lake of Forgetfulness

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    Sea of Vapors

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    The Moonbeam Song

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    Marsh of Sleep

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    Lake of Solitude

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    Bay of Trust

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    Seething Bay

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    Sea of Crisis

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    Marsh of Decay

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    Lake of Fear

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    Sea of Dreams

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