Beginning in 2000 and spanning many years, I had the tremendous privilege to work with two extraordinarily focused and visionary improvisers, Alan Lechusza and Vikas Srivastava, as the Christopher Adler Trio. We shared a common vision for wide-ranging and exploratory free improvisation that embraced any of the diverse musical genres that spontaneously emerged in performance. My time with the trio, including a nearly two-year run of weekly performances at the San Diego restaurant and artistic space Galoka, was profoundly influential on my development as a musician.
After working together for months, as I was set depart on a summer overseas, we met late in the night on June 5, 2000 in the basement of a university building with a DAT recorder and two microphones. We encountered a realm of meditative music drawing upon our respective traditions that was unlike anything we had recorded before. The music that night was a moment of intimacy and power that stood as a private icon for the band, and has since become one of our most cherished musical memories.
released October 23, 2015
Alan Lechusza, cedar flutes, flute, soprano saxophone
Vikas Srivastava, drums, dholak
Christopher Adler, piano
Mastered by Jeff Kaiser
Cover photo by Christopher Adler