THE SOUND, MACHINES AND COMPOSITIONS OF JAIR-ROHM PARKER WELLS
The Eclectic Electronic Musician
21ST CENTURY ECLECTIC BASS
Jair-Rohm Parker Wells has taken the electric bass to new heights and vistas. For more than twenty years, he has shared his "Loopadelica" (the method of improvising on and processing the bass live) with audiences on five continents. Check out his newest productions below, and get in touch with any questions about Jair-Rohm Parker Wells and his gear.
ABOUT JAIR-ROHM PARKER WELLS
Atmospheric Music Sound Sculptor and Experimental Music Artist, Jair-Rohm Parker Wells is a free jazz bass player, ambient music noise artist and improvisational avant garde jazz musician currently working on a Vegan Friendly, Ambient Electronic Music Powered Multi-Dimensional Space Ship. If you could hear a Kandinsky, Dali or an Alex Gray painting, that would be the vibe. Current obsessions are Chapman Stick, ambisonic mixing, nft music crypto art, completing an avant garde music opera called #blacbuc and working on multiple progressive music endeavors with a variety of talented experimental musicians from around the world.
Jair-Rôhm Parker Wells (born October 13, 1958) is an American electric bassist. He is one of the founding members of the improvising band Machine Gun with Thomas Chapin and Robert Musso and the founder of the Meeting Interdisciplinary Arts Festival in Stockholm, Sweden. He lived in Stockholm, Sweden, from 1985 until 2018.
He has been a promoter of improvised and experimental music and has collaborated with Bob Belden, Karl Berger, Daniel Carter, Jaron Lanier, John Sinclair, Shabacka Hutchings, and Tony Scott. In 2017, he was in residence at EMS in Stockholm where he began work on his opera #blacbuc. The work was composed on the Buchla and Serge modular systems at the institute. Compositions from his Liberation cycle are featured as part of res·o·nant, the light and sound installation by artist Mischa Kuball at the Jewish Museum Berlin.
Raised in southern Germany, Jair-Rôhm moved to New York in 1978. After touring the United States for a year with a pop music band, he attended Tulane University in New Orleans. At Tulane he performed with local jazz and rhythm and blues musicians. He also performed as a member of Tulane University's Tulanians, met and studied with Richard Payne, and discovered the music of Harry Partch. In 1980 he returned to New York and started work-study with saxophonist Ken Simon. He met Anthony Braxton and studied his music. In 1982 he founded his experimental music theater group Glass Thought Theater Ensemble. Between 1982 and 1983 he was composer in residence at the New York Theater Ensemble, writing and producing a trilogy of progressive "operas". He received a Meet the Composer grant in 1983. During the next year, he lived in New Jersey and was a founding member of the New Brunswick Jazz Musician's Collective, for which he composed several works for ensembles. He has performed at Vahdat Hall (Tehran, Iran), Xinghai Conservatory of Music (Guangzhou, China), Tribeca Performing Arts Center (New York), Globen Arena (Stockholm), Saxophone Jazz Pub (Bangkok, Thailand), Cafe Oto (London, England) and the Domicil Jazz Club (Munich, Germany).
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A Dymaxion Opera
My opera #blacbuc is a work that examines the convergence of the ideas of Ayn Rand and Booker T. Washington. It was composed utilizing the Serge and Buchla systems at EMS in Stockholm, Sweden during 2017. Plans are for a 2024 US premier.
BEHIND THE MUSIC
A Creative Presence
FlowSonic is Ronnie Burrage - drums, voice and electronics, Michael Gregory Jackson - guitar, voice and electronics and Jair-Rôhm Parker Wells - NS Design basses and electronics. Watch this space for news of our upcoming release.
Ronnie Burrage has been a formidable figure on the NYC Jazz scene since 1976. He has performed and/or recorded with Wayne Shorter, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, McCoy Tyner and Jackie McLean. He is featured on more than 150 recordings and has toured on all four continents. With FlowSonic, he continues to perform some of the most interesting and cutting edge jazz in the world.
Michael Gregory Jackson is one of the most influential, unfettered and innovative guitarists to have emerged from New York’s avant-garde loft scene in the 70s. Jackson is a master guitarist, producer, composer, and improviser. He has spanned and at times defied musical genres. He has worked with a long string of music giants that include Nile Rodgers, Oliver Lake, Anthony Braxton, Walter Becker, David Murray, Julius Hemphill, and Wadada Leo Smith, to name a few. He has recorded for Black Saint, Hat-Hut, Arista, RCA/BMG, Island Records and his own GOLDEN label. Jackson continues to passionately define the state of the art with FlowSonic.
Jair-Rôhm Parker Wells is one of the founding members of the improvising band Machine Gun with Thomas Chapin and Robert Musso and the founder of the Meeting Interdisciplinary Arts Festival in Stockholm, Sweden. He has collaborated with Bob Belden, Karl Berger, Daniel Carter, Jaron Lanier, John Sinclair and Tony Scott. Compositions from his "Liberation" cycle are featured as part of "res·o·nant", the light and sound installation by artist Mischa Kuball at the Jewish Museum Berlin. Jair-Rohm's eclectic approach to the practical application of sophisticated electronics with the electric upright bass propels FlowSonic to the outer limits of originality.
LOOKY LOOKY! IT'S HERE!
At last! The follow up to Bob Ostertag's classic "Motormouth" is finally available from the MussoMusic label. "Motormouth Deviations" is sort of a remix album of the tracks on Bob Ostertg's 2011 album "Motormouth". The album was developed over the course of a couple of years utilizing (primarily) the studios at EMS in Stockholm, Sweden; Liverpool University, UK and Dad's Office, New Jersey, USA. Bob Ostertag is featured on the Buchla 200e system. I provide more Buchla 100 and 200e, Serge plus some software processing and NS Design basses. Get over to MussoMusic, have a listen to the samples and get the album!