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PRAH Recordings is excited to present Group Listening, a new project by Stephen Black and Paul
Jones. Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works Vol.1 is a collection of ambient works – from the likes of Brian
Eno, Arthur Russell, Euros Childs and Robert Wyatt – arranged for clarinet and piano.
Having met at Music College, Stephen and Paul went separate ways creatively. Stephen delved into
pop, recording albums and touring extensively under the guise of Sweet Baboo, while working with
Cate Le Bon, H. Hawkline and others. Paul leaned into the piano, pursuing a career as a jazz pianist
and experimental musician. He played with Keith Tippett, formed the Jones O’Connor group,
performed with noise improv bands and composed orchestral and chamber music.
Reconnecting years later, the pair discovered that their music tastes, bizarrely, met in the middle;
they have a shared love of The Beach Boys, Ghost Box Records, Messiaen and Angela Morley. They
both like ambient and new age music, bubblegum pop, Artie Shaw, Moondog and the outsider music
handbook Songs in the Key of Z.
Clarinet & Piano: Selected Works Vol.1 is the spontaneous, beguiling culmination of this friendship.
Cutting out post-production and keeping overdubs to a bare minimum, the pair passed their clarinet
and piano through guitar stomp boxes and other analogue effects to enable processing and
manipulation directly in performance. The result hums with the ghostly energy of sound pioneers Joe
Meek and Martin Hannett, while mbira and drum machines are sparingly deployed amid enveloping
folds of space echo.