ensemble, et al. is a pseudo-classical percussion ensemble that combines elements of classicism and modernism while taking a garage approach to its material. The group's repertoire, containing mostly original works composed by Ron Tucker and collaborations between the ensemble's players, springs from an almost punk-rock desire to chart unknown territories from musicians who have tired of inhabiting all-too familiar states. Atypical for some percussion groups, ensemble, et al. prefers a simple, intimate, dynamic and delicately beautiful aesthetic.
released 28 June 2011
All compositions written by Ron Tucker. Recorded and mixed at Weak Things Have Power in Brooklyn, NY. Mastered by Jon Cohrs at Spleenless Mastering in Brooklyn, NY. Album cover drawing by Ed Davies.
"The resonant, tonal palette of chimes, bells, and percussive ringing instruments effectively drum across the tight wire between post-punk textures, airport spaces, and the endless grass fields of the mind."