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Sounds Visual Radio Presents: How Deep Is Your Crate Episode 27 w/ Peter Hess

On this episode of Sounds Visual spinoff series How Deep Is Your Crate, multi-instrumentalist Peter Hess phoned in to talk about his new record with Mick Rossi and Matt Moran entitled You Break You Buy. We also take a peek into his crates and hear about some of his favorite albums.

Peter Hess plays saxophones, clarinets, and flutes, and is a member of the Philip Glass Ensemble, Slavic Soul Party, Kite Quartet, Bang on a Can’s Asphalt Orchestra, Barbez, and was a part of Balkan Beat Box for a decade. Hess is the co-founder of Diskonife records (with Matt Moran), and has three previous releases on the imprint: Falling (trio with Matt Moran and Jeff Davis), Cut the Red Wire (duo with Mick Rossi), and Present Company (quartet with Brian Drye, Tomas Fujiwara, and Adam Hopkins). In 2022 he was a soloist (on contra alto clarinet) with Boston Modern Orchestra Project on their acclaimed, Grammy-nominated recording of Anthony Davis’s opera X- the Life and Times of Malcolm X, later reprising that role with the Omaha Symphony. Other notable recent releases include appearances on Dear Trouble with Big Lazy, What’s Trending with Leo Sidran, Music in Eight Parts with Philip Glass Ensemble (Orange Mountain), The New Day Bends Light with the Erica Seguine/Shon Baker Jazz Orchestra, Plays the Far East Suite with Slavic Soul Party, CURHA III with Curtis Hasselbring (Chant), For Those Who Came After (songs of the Spanish civil war) with Barbez (Important), Music For Sextet with Aaron Irwin (Innova), and the forthcoming Road Trip II with the Mike McGinnis Nonet. 

He appears on over 100 recordings and can often be heard coming out of your television. He performs all over the world, in concert halls, festivals, prisons, and dives. He’s appeared and/or recorded with Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Alarm Will Sound, James Jabbo Ware, Big Lazy, Guignol, David Sanborn, Tony Visconti, Songs:Ohia, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Tim Berne, Jack McDuff, the Roots, Lee Konitz, Dirty Projectors, American Composers’ Orchestra, Darcy Argue’s Secret Society, Devotchka, TV on the Radio, Wu Tang Clan, ICE, the Hold Steady, Son Volt, AntiSocial Music, and dozens more. He was also a frequent substitute in the solo clarinet chair for the entire Broadway run of the multiple Tony-winning musical The Band’s Visit. His work recording, composing, and arranging for winds and strings can be heard on many records and film scores, including HBO’s Station Eleven and Bored to Death, PBS’s Make ’em Laugh, the feature documentaries Bad Vegan, Art and Craft, and Maineland, andblockbuster Deadpool 2. He holds a deep love of the music of the Balkans, which he has researched and studied in Roma villages in southern Serbia. He’s a 1996 graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music (B.Mus) and of Oberlin College (BA), and is part time faculty at the New School College of Performing Arts, in residence at the Philip Glass Institute, lecturing and coaching ensembles in the performance practice of the works of Philip Glass and American minimalism. He works regularly with composers in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, and contributes to workshops and concerts with men incarcerated at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. 

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