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Swim This began with the initiative of Michael Lytle, who invited Nick Didkovsky and Gerry Hemingway to perform at The Experimental Intermedia Foundation in 2006. The evening's extraordinary performance was recorded with meticulous care by James Carozza, and mixed and produced by Didkovsky at Punos Music Studios. The result is presented here for your amusement and entertainment.

Thanks to Phill Niblock!

"An odd new trio featuring Nick Didkovsky on tabletop guitar & homebrew software, Michael Lytle on bass & contrabass clarinets & tapes and Gerry Hemingway on drums, voice w/ processing. Both Nick and Michael are longtime members of Dr. Nerve, although you might also recall Mr. Lytle as an original member of the downtown scene when he had albums with George Cartwright. In recent years, Nick has become more known as a composer, as a seasoned improviser with Paul Rogers & Kevin Norton. Gerry Hemingway is one of the distinctive percussionists, composers and bandleaders and should be well-known to fans of Braxton, BassDrumBone and that trio great with Georg Graewe & Ernst Reijseger.
This disc was recorded live at a performance at Experimental Intermedia in March of 2006. Three highly inventive improvisers (or instant composers) matching wits and working most creatively together. Featured here are two long (30+ minute) pieces that begin slowly and take their time to explore unique terrain. Squeaking bass clarinet, subtle electronics and small percussion sounds swirl freely together. That growling contrabass clarinet, eerie tapped guitar sounds and subtle hands-on-drums textures all add up to a strange, other-worldly undertow that pulls us into the murky waters. I like the way the trio work their way into segments that sound planned when they all connect into one streamlined force. What sounds just right here is that the bass clarinet squawks work so well with the subtle electronics or guitar textures and well-selected percussive sounds. A rich and varied improv date that doesn't always sound improvised."
- Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

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released May 3, 2020

Live recording engineered by James Carozza
Mixed and produced by Nick Didkovsky
Photography by Jordan Hemingway
Cover design by Gerry Hemingway

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