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When engineer/producer/owner of Pinch Recording E Scott Lindner led the creation of a 10-piece jazz album from scratch to be completed in three days in 2017, and when he later spearheaded the collaborative writing, recording, mixing, and mastering of a 24-minute psyche-rock orchestra piece in a mere single day in 2018, we thought we’d seen everything.  We hadn’t.

E’s 2019 endeavor is entitled “In Flowers Through Space,” and it’s a full-fledged concept album based on one of nature’s deepest, most curious mysteries: the Fibonacci Sequence, also known as the Golden Ratio.

The patterns of the Golden Ratio are beautifully seen everywhere in nature, from flowers, to galaxies, to the proportions of the human body, and it’s everywhere on this album too: the numerical pattern was transformed into a musical scale for the album by mathematician Jim Panels and then implemented within the songwriting by the record’s musicians.

That’s not all.  The titles of the songs on the album are literally named after the numbers in the series (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21) and each of those songs are matched by that same number of musicians on the tunes, building a emotionally-mature, dynamic arc, perhaps better experienced than theorized.  The record starts with zero players on the opening track, and slowly adds musicians track by track, climbing to an epic 21-musician Wonka-Bond-inspired masterpiece, featuring a 4-piece choir, brass, strings, woodwinds, electric bass and guitar, drum kit and a trusty fender rhodes. All of the songs on the album were composed collaboratively between the tracks’ musicians and Lindner, with the exception of the final piece, which was composed by Alex Van Gils in collaboration with Lindner and translated into 55-page score for the musicians.

The album is also accompanied by the release of a stunning, full length documentary by award-winning director Dennis Cahlo (“The Weekend,” “Death [And Disco Fries]”, “Lonely Hearts”), unveiling underlying narratives of the album’s creation: E’s life-story, the interwoven nature of math and music, the struggles between classical and jazz mindsets, and highlights of quirky, quintessential creative moments, such as a surprise piñata bash used to build the song structure for the track “8.”

“In Flowers Through Space” is released on Infinity Gritty & Ropeadope Records, and the album features the piano/keyboard juice of Infinity Gritty founder Adam Ahuja, rhythm section magic by the Pinch All-Star cast of Pablo Eluchans (drums), Carlos Mena (bass) and Gavi Grodsky (guitar), beautiful strings of Tomoko Omura (violin and acoustic effects) and Reenat Pinchas (cello), blazing solos by Andrew Gould (sax), awe-inspiring vocals from Jill Peacock, and the fearlessness leadership of conductor Whitney George, who guided the musicians through the final score.

As E puts it, “the album is meant to give the listener an experience of nature and the Fibonacci Sequence, as it is translated into the human brain as beauty.”  Well said. Stay golden everyone.

 
 

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Adam Ahuja - Piano/Rhodes (1(n1),5,13,21) Synth (8)
Reenat Pinchas - Cello (1(n2))
Tomoko Omura - Violin (08)
Andrew Gould - Flute (2) Saxophone (3,5,8,13,21)
Pablo Eluchans - Drums (3,5,8,13,21)
Carlos Mena - Bass (3,5,8,13,21)
John Lake - Trumpet (5,13,21)
Kenny Warren - Trumpet (13,21)
Sam Dillon - Tenor Saxophone (13,21)
Alden Banta - Bassoon (13,21)
Sara Schoenbeck - Bassoon (13,21)
Jimmy O’Connell - Trombone (13,21)
Nick Grinder - Trombone (13,21)
Jim Panels - Synth (13,21)
Gavi Grodsky - Guitar (8,13,21
Henry Wang - Violin (21)
Ling Lin Huang - Violin (21)
Jared Blajian - Cello (21)
Jay Yiu - Viola (21)
Lucy Dhegrae - Mezzo-Soprano Voice (21)
Charlotte Mundy - Soprano Voice (21)  
Christopher Herbert - Tenor Voice (21)
Steven Hrycelak - Bass Voice (21)
Piano - Ben Furman (08) 
Jill Peacock - Vocal (08)
Whitney George - Conductor (21)
Alex Van Gils - Composer (21) 

In Flowers Through Space

Release Date: October 18, 2019

Recorded and Mixed at Pinch Recording, LIC, NY
Recording and Mixing Engineer - E Scott Lindner 
Assistant Engineer - Caio Carvalho
Mastered by Kevin Blackler at Blackler Mastering, Brooklyn, NY
Cover art by E Scott Lindner 
Piano Tunings - Rafael Carrasquillo


Port Of Dreams

Release Date: September 21, 2018

Sara Schoenbeck - Bassoon (5) , solo on 5, Voice on 5
Josh Plotner - Oboe, English Horn (3,4) , French Horn solo on 3, Oboe solo on 4
Pablo Eluchans - Drums, solo on 5
Carlos Mena - Electric Bass
Adam Ahuja - Piano, Prophet (5) , Prophet solo on 5
Jim Panels - Modular Synth / FX (5) , Pig solo on 5
Henry Terepka - Synth / FX (1,2)
E Scott Lindner - Live Mixer / Producer

Andrei Matorin - Violin, solo on 5
Tomoko Omura - Violin, solo on 5
Benni Von Gutzeit - Viola, solo on 3
Amy Kang - Cello
Andrew Gould - Flute, Saxophone, Sax solo on 2,5, Voice on 5
Hailey Niswanger - Flute, Saxophone (1,2,4) , Flute solo on 2, Sax solo on 4
Mark Phillips - Clarinet, Voice on 5
Danny Rivera - Bassoon (1,2) solo on 2

Mastered by Kevin Blackler at Blackler Mastering, Brooklyn, NY
Cover art and Photography by Dennis Cahlo
Piano Tunings - Rafael Carrasquillo

Recorded and Mixed live to two track at Pinch Recording, LIC, NY
Recording and Mixing Engineer - E Scott Lindner
Assistant Engineer - Caio Carvalho


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Release Date: July 28, 2017

Carlos Mena - Upright & Electric bass
Pablo Eluchans - Drums (except 7,8) / Percussion (7,8)
Tommy Hartman - Drums
Marcos J. Lopez - Percussion (except 7,8)
Adam Ahuja - Rhodes (1,2) B3 organ (6,7,8)
Jorn swart - Rhodes (3,4,5)
Jim Panels - Modular Synth
John Lake - Trumpet (except 8)
Andrew Gould - Saxophone
Henry Terepka - Synth / Guitar (8) / Vibraphone (3) / Producer
E Scott Lindner - Engineer / Guitar / Producer
Recorded live at Samurai Hotel Recording Studio, Queens, NY
Additional overdubs recorded at Pinch Recording, LIC, NY
Mixed at Pinch Recording
Recorded and Mixed by E Scott Lindner
Mastered by Alan Silverman
Cover art by E Scott Lindner