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Montalban Quintet


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The Montalban Quintet is a collective of musicians that have infused interests from various musical barrios including post-punk, minimalism, jazz, 50′s schmaltz, field recordings, and new western art music. We reside in San Diego and have birthed all of the recordings/collaborations at a small recording facility in Encinitas, CA known lovingly as the Belly of the Whale.

The album contributors are: Chris Prescott (drums, guitar and electronics), Carl Prescott (trumpet), Kenseth Thibideau (bass), Jim Weiss (saxophone), Terrin Durfey (vocals), Marjorie Prescott (cello), Nathan Hubbard (vibraphone), Hermelindo Montalban (percussion).

Our past and/or simultaneous present musical endeavors include: Pinback, Boilermaker, Sleeping People, The Jade Shader, The Mattson 2, No Knife, Systems Officer, Tanner and more.

The Montalban Quintet began with an accidental collision. The resulting train wreck is a collection of music a decade in the making. Over the past 20 years, I have always been a part of concurrent musical projects. This was primarily rooted in having extremely diverse interests. Through studying Jazz and “New Music” at UCSD, new intellectual possibilities became apparent to me. Working with repetitive tape loops and droning modes have been the foundation for a good deal of our music. I have been trying to take small bits of musical information and then tweaking it in ways to create expansive, yet often structured, forms. Some formal and/or melodic material comes from jazz masters, while other pieces lean heavily on the work of the minimalist movement. The instrumentation of the group relies heavily on horns and improvised sections, the Montalban Quintet is not a “jazz band” per se.


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  • drjswho

    Found this band on another forum. The self titled album is really nice <3

    7 Nov 2011 Reply

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