Guitarist/Producer Chris Schlarb Interviewed at AAJ
Guitarist and producer Chris Schlarb has been at the heart of creative, underground music in Los Angeles for a number of years. His involvement in bands like I Heart Lung and the fifty-member collective Create(!) has resulted in improvisational music of great imagination, no little dissonance and undeniable beauty, as witnessed on the outstanding albums Between Them a Forest Grew, Trackless and Quiet (SAA, 2007) and A Prospect of Freedom (SAA, 2006)
His first solo album, Twilight & Ghost Stories (Asthmatic Kitty, 2007), a four-year project with recorded contributions from fifty artists, is a collage of field recordings, music and voice which exerts a strangely hypnotic effect on the listener. It may be too early to call it a classic of our time, but it is at the very least a work of tremendous imagination which connects strongly with the emotions and stirs memory.
Chris Schlarb took time out to talk with AAJ's Ian Patterson about this fascinating project, and speaks about his independent record label Sounds Are Active, the underground scene in America, and the power of music as a catalyst for personal change.
Check out Chris Schlarb: Are You Creative? at AAJ today!