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Willow Bunch by Aaron Dolman

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Album Title: Nostalgia and Other Fantasies
Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019


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Fiona's Comments

Fancy a twangle? Some elastic yeehaw? Some strings with teary eye intentions? Tis the season....

About the Album

Inspired by the feelings of nostalgia that are stirred up while sifting through old family photos, Nostalgia and Other Fantasies is the debut release from Montreal-based drummer-composer Aaron Dolman. With this album, he presents a collection of original works that combine two of his great musical loves – jazz and folk music. The songs sway between evocative melodies, exciting improvisations and delicate soundscapes. With his uncompromisingly eclectic approach to composition, Dolman weaves together influences from a wide range of musical experiences. Avant-garde forms collide with playful bluegrass interludes; passages of free improvisation mingle with elements of contemporary chamber-music; solos morph into collective melodies that bring to mind traditional fiddle music. The album dances around notions of style and genre in an honest reflection of Dolman’s voice as a composer, drummer and bandleader. Equipped with an assortment of bells, antiques and knick-knacks to expand his sound palette, Dolman leads a unique ensemble of viola, upright bass and two guitars. This folk-inspired instrumentation is an engaging departure from the sound of more conventional jazz ensembles and the result is a debut release that sounds remarkably fresh while embracing the familiar intimacy of songs sung around a camp fire. Nostalgia and Other Fantasies was released worldwide on Friday, November 22nd, 2019.

Track Listing

Gone for a While II; Willow Bunch; Memory is an Anchor; Stars in a Midnight Lake (intro); Stars in a Midnight Lake; Gone for a While III; Giving (With); Signs of Change; Ballad for an Old Barn; Old Barn (Interlude); Gone for a While; Has It Been a Year, Already?; Willow Bunch (Reprise)


Additional Personnel

Aaron Dolman: Drums and Compositions; Caitlin Smith: Viola; Marcus Savard-Lowry: Guitar; Zacharie Bachand: Guitar; Mathieu McConnell: Bass;

Date featured

December 4, 2019

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