Fourth Dimension, Brian Shankar Adler
Released December 6, 2019
Matt Moran – vibraphone
Jonathan Goldberger – electric guitar
Santiago Leibson – piano, keyboards
Rob Jost – basses
Brian Shankar Adler – drums, percussion
All compositions by Brian Shankar Adler (ASCAP)
Fourth Dimension is percussionist/composer Brian Shankar Adler’s seventh record as a leader, and offers listeners an album jam-packed with arrestingly beautifully compositions rooted in Adler’s own spiritual upbringing in an ashram. Joined by some of New York’s top improvisers – Matt Moran, Jonathan Goldberger, Rob Jost, and Santiago Leibson – the group weaves through peaceful and radioactive terrain with ease and style.
In Fourth Dimension, Adler invokes an inner world and musical language where surreal landscapes and symmetrical structures are created using textless mantras, disintegrating drones, mind-bending polyrhythms, and encrypted messages.
Adler says of his early childhood memories: “I remember we would spend one month each year in silence. It was quite profound, because we started hearing the world in another way.” He continues: “After looking into the mind’s eye and becoming comfortable with what is brewing from within, the outside world appeared to be a reflection of that source.”
The sum of his experiences meld fearlessly into the subject matter that is Fourth Dimension. Here, Adler maps out new pathways, techniques and concepts, using the ensemble as a musical laboratory, exemplifying the search for balance. Sound/silence, stability/instability, form/freedom, human/machine are just some of the ways that Adler and the group toys with the push and pull of polar forces. In doing so, the music exposes, exploits, and raises questions about the infinite dance of this gravitational search. The album asks the listeners: “what resides in the subconscious and is it a mirror of the outside world?”