The Observer Effect is a scientific concept suggesting that the act of observation can influence
the properties of light at the quantum level, altering a photon’s characteristics from that of a
particle to a wave and that these effects can act backward in time, rewriting the past.
Our ensemble began rehearsing a few months before the Covid lockdown. Driven by careful
attention and hard work and outside pressures it evolved from a standard jazz quartet to an
acoustic duo to the present electro-acoustic improvisational ensemble. Using our time over the
past year and a half for rehearsal, writing, listening, incorporating new technology, discovering
and analyzing our development, we have forged a new musical identity. Our forms are open,
built on our own unique musical experiences in jazz, popular, and world music, on the
development of our shared musical language, and on the incorporation of the techniques of
musique concrete, sound collage, and sampling. We collect and create soundscapes, musical
figures, and sonic environments. We juxtapose ideas and sounds, and we listen, react, and
respond anew in each performance.
Over the past year, we have acted as observers, closely listening, watching, reacting, and
interacting with our own curated soundscapes and samples and each other’s musical qualities.