Richard Sears Trio: “Disquiet”, 2020
December 4, 2020: release on Bandcamp
December 10, 2020: streaming on all platforms
6 songs, 24 minutes
“Disquiet” takes its name from a collection of pros by Portuguese poet, Fernando Pessoa, whose writings about aloneness, inclement weather, and yearning furnished my imagination for this project. The music and playing was conceived to explore the expressive possibilities of the Una Corda. Developed by Finnish instrument builder David Klavins and producer/electronic music Nils Frahm, the Una Corda features a one-string-per-note design, giving it a particularly unique sonic profile.
Masa and RJ have a long history of collaboration, with overlapping tenures in New York and Barcelona throughout the early 2000s and on. Their imagination and sensitivity levitated this spontaneous afternoon encounter, co-produced by Shahzad Ismaily at Figure 8 Studios in Brooklyn, where the only known Una Corda resides stateside.
Richard Sears – Una Corda, compositions
Masa Kamaguchi – bass
RJ Miller – drums
Engineered and co-produced by Shahzad Ismaily
Produced by Richard Sears
Mixed by Ari Chersky
Mastered by Timothy Stollenwork at Stereophonic Mastering
Album Art by Yuko Yamaguchi
Cover Design by Maria Jarzyna
Recorded on 6.14.19 at Figure 8 Studios, Brooklyn, NY