If phrases like “lo-fi experimental folk saxophone” and “analog synthesizer” make you tingle in the regions that count the most, you’ll want to check out the music by Jonah Parzen-Johnson, which sounds more electronic than natural but that’s where Parzen-Johnson enjoys playing with your mind. You can hear his song “Stay There, I’ll Come To You” below, presented in a remix by Sleepers Work.
If you’d like to hear him explore even further, he has some shows coming up:
February 26… Philadelphia PA (Yell Gallery)
February 27… Washington DC (Communiverse)
February 28… Oberlin OH (Oberlin University)
March 1… Cleveland OH (Mahalls)
March 2… Buffalo NY (Pausa Arthouse)
March 3… Brooklyn NY (Manhattan Inn)
Here is something one doesn’t hear about on a regular basis: a saxophonist who not only brings in his love of the experimental and avant-garde, but mixes it with folk. It may sound insane, but for Jonah Parzen-Johnson, it is just what he does. A small part of what he does will be made available on October 1st as a 7″ on Primary Records called “Looks Like You’re Not Looking” b/w “Stay There, I’ll Come To You”, recorded in single takes with no edits or overdubs, all done on quarter inch tape. Analog loveliness.
He will be going on tour in October in support of the single, but will most likely play material from his debut album and whatever inspirations come his way. Here are the tour dates:
October 1… Baltimore, MD (Windup Space)
October 2… Washington, DC (TBA)
October 3… Richmond, VA (BoyzHouse)
October 4… Greensboro, NC (The Flatiron)
October 5… Asheville, NC (Apothecary)
October 6… Philidelphia, PA (Rip Rig)
October 7… Providence, RI (186 Carpenter)
October 8… Northampton, MA (Tree House)
October 9… Boston, MA (Lilypad)
October 10… Hudson, NY (Spotty Dog)
October 11… New York, NY (Spectrum)
October 12… New Haven, CT (Uncertainty Music Series)
A tour of the midwest portion of the United States in late November is currently being put together. To hear what Parzen-Johnson is about, check the video below or listen to his debut from 2012, Michiana.