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There is more than one band named Male:

1. Male is an early NDW band.

2. Male was a two-piece post-punk band active between 2003-2006 in the UK, featuring Annette Berlin of Big Joan on drums and vocals and Rasha Shaheen of Mooz on guitar and vocals. A split 7 inch with King Alexander was released by Save Your Wisdom Teeth records.

3. Male is Jonathan Krohn and Ben Mjolsness, who have been working in an improvised fashion for over 5 years. Over time they’d developed strong ties with many Chicago musicians and decided to arrange a series of recording sessions to document their take on improvisation. They approached some of their more talented friends from the avant-jazz, improv, experimental, and rock scenes to help them flesh out a greater idea where the tonal met the frenetic; where the ethereal came up against the sounds of beer bottles and pirated AM radio.

The result was All Are Welcome. Each element was recorded in one take. Each musician was assigned a time to show up, had the option of listening to the tracks that Mjolsness and Krohn produced the first day, and recorded. Jeremy Lemos (White/Light) lent his expertise in the recording and mixing process, but, aside from cutting incidentals, the songs remained the same. All Are Welcome is the product of two reference points coalescing at an unknown synthesis. They wanted to create a forum for ideas to meet open interpretation; tones that meet texture, voices that meet structure, knocks and whirls that color a laid-back, anxious roll-call. The act of creating this piece was the purpose; the hope is that the ensuing product may provide others a conduit to some other place or feel.

All Are Welcome:

Jonathan Krohn – key; Benjamin Mjolsness - guitar; Jason Adasiewicz (Exploding Star Orchestra) - vibraphone; Josh Berman (Exploding Star Orchestra) - cornet; Steven Hess (Pan American/Fessenden) – percussion; Todd Mattei (Joan of Arc) - guitar; Mike Reed (Exploding Star Orchestra) - percussion; and Hometapes recording artist Nick Butcher - tape. Recorded by Jeremy Lemos and mastered by Bob Weston.

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