Scorpio Rising: Live at the Picador

by Aaron Kerr's Dissonant Creatures

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Aaron Kerr's Dissonant Creatures is the brainchild of cellist and composer Aaron Kerr. Aaron released his debut solo cello CD Arco 71 in 2006 and was awarded a 2006 McKnight Foundation Fellowship for the compositions on the album. Aaron released his second album, Dissonant Creatures, in 2009 and worked closely with band mates Tyson Allison (The Sleeper Pins, Swallows) and Jeff Crandall (Swallows) on arrangements and production. During the summer of 2009, Aaron took a new set and an improvisational band concept on the road and, in the process, Aaron Kerr's Dissonant Creatures was born. A live EP of the Scorpio Rising material was recorded during the tour and was released as Scorpio Rising: Live at the Picador in 2009. The concept is that Aaron has a set established groove for the drums and bass for each song and then the other players solo over it, following Aaron's conducted improvisation. It enables a jazz formula to work in a jam band setting, and is always wild and unpredictable!

Aaron Kerr's Dissonant Creatures current line-up features Aaron Kerr (cello, electric cello, piano), Justin DeLeon (drums), Tyson Allison (keyboards, loops), Matt Kanive (bass), Jeff Crandall (guitars), Toni Tinetti (cello), and Mike Nordby (mandolin, percussion).

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released December 1, 2009

Aaron Kerr--cello
Jeff Crandall--guitar
Tyson Allison--analog synth, effects
Justin Deleon--drums, percussion
Steve Nord--bass

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Emperor Penguin Records began in 2003 in St. Paul, MN and later moved to Milwaukee, WI in 2015. The label is run by musician/producer Tyson Allison. EPR enlists and caters to singer/songwriters, introverts, experimental weirdos, bookish people, and crafters that paint pictures with words and toy with your emotions on a well-placed chord. Thank you for your interest! ... more

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