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Phantom Islands

by Mat Muntz

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Džig No. 1 04:50
Obokuri 06:29


Mat Muntz - primorski meh, bass, compositions
Xavier Del Castillo - tenor saxophone
Alec Goldfarb - guitar
Michael Larocca - drums
Pablo O'Connell - oboe
Yuma Uesaka - clarinets

Bridging the worlds of contemporary composition, classic free jazz, and obscure folk traditions, Phantom Islands employs diverse sounds to construct a unified, ethereal landscape. The record is the leader debut of New York-based composer, bassist, and bagpiper Mat Muntz (of The Vex Collection), whose use of the unique Croatian bagpipe primorski meh serves as the music’s centerpiece. The instrument’s brazen timbre and alien tuning are anchored by ghostly, microtonal orchestrations for winds, guitar, and percussion, executed with sensitivity and dynamism by a skilled cast of improvisers.

The band features up-and-coming luminaries of the East Coast scene, including Yuma Uesaka on clarinet (Marilyn Crispell, Anna Webber, Ocelot) and Xavier Del Castillo on tenor sax (Adam O’Farrill’s Stranger Days). Guitarist Alec Goldfarb, oboist Pablo O’Connell, and drummer Michael Larocca complete the sextet to create richly textured collective improvisations.

The title Phantom Islands refers to nonexistent landmasses which were recorded on nautical maps for centuries, often with bizarre, “here be dragons” associations. By using this concept of “haunted geography” to channel maritime mythologies from around the world - Croatia, Bahrain, Okinawa - Muntz’s compositions render a correspondingly haunted musical vocabulary: a folk music from nowhere.


released February 24, 2023

Recorded by Rene Pierre Allain at Scholes St. Studio, October 2021
Mixed by Vicente Hansen Atria
Mastered by Dan Rosenboom

Art by C.M. Kösemen
Design by Dan Rosenboom


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