A/B Duo: Variety Show

My flute and percussion duo's first full-length album! Buy it now.

A/B Duo’s eclectic mix of flute and percussion instruments makes this a true “Variety Show” of an album. Math rock, pop remixes, avant-garde, and everything in between can be found in this American duo’s first full-length album.

Ned McGowan | Ricochet (2014)
for contrabass flute, floor tom, 3 suspended cymbals, 3 woodblocks, triangle, and flexatone

Ian Dicke | Isla (2012)
for flute, vibraphone, and live audio processing

Andrea Reinkemeyer | Wrought Iron (2012)
for flute, vibraphone, bongos, tambourine, triangle, china cymbal, and splash cymbal

Drew Baker | Limb (2013)
for contrabass flute, piccolo, vibraphone, Thai gong (E), Wind Gong, and 3 crotales (D, Eb, F)

Zack Browning | Sol Moon Rocker (2013)
for flute and vibraphone

Brooks Frederickson | Breathing Bridge (2014)
for flute with Glissando Headjoint®, glockenspiel, and vibraphone

Brendon Randall-Myers | Glitch (2015)
for flute, vibraphone, and drum set

Kong Must Dead: Psychopomp, CA

Kong Must Dead is Ben Hjertmann's band. I met Ben at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival in 2013. He asked me to record some alto flute parts for one of the tracks on this album, Follow Me. The entire album is fantastic. Check it out!

The Mineral Kingdom: The Mineral Kingdom

I'm in a chiptune/folk/doom/jazz band led by Matthew Joseph Payne. This is our first release.

While chiptune provides the backbone of The Mineral Kingdom's sound, the diverse musical population is displayed on this debut EP. Quintation establishes the interplay of woodwinds and squarewaves in a raucous jam that flits between time signatures in an ecstatic dance; Polish Cold War Neon is as much a tip of the hat to pop-doom rockers Boris as it is an expansive dance track, with layers of synths joining the fray; and The Norberto Fig Awesome Cat Competition is your daily dose of thickly orchestrated, pure chip-folk freakout! In just three tracks, any preconceived notions you may have had about what chiptune is, or can be, are left decimated.

The Norberto Fig Awesome Cat Competition features the following special guests: Nathaniel Browne, bass trombone - Sophie Huet, clarinet - Steve Lakawicz, tuba - Keith Penney, accordion - Ken Yee, trombone. 

All music and lyrics written and arranged by Matthew Joseph Payne.
The Mineral Kingdom logo by Keff.

The Mineral Kingdom is Michael Booker, Matthew Joseph Payne, Ryan Rey, Meerenai Shim, and VCO Vault.

A/B Duo: Things We Dream About

My collaboration with percussionist Chris Jones as A/B Duo. This is our first recording project as an official duo. 

(Also available on  iTunesAmazonCD BabyGoogle PlaySpotify, etc!)

Song A Day: The Album by Jonathan Mann

In 2011, I had the privilege of playing flute on one of Jonathan Mann's songs for the month of June. Very happy that it made it into his album!