Still Life is a series of recordings created by innovative NYC trombonist Nelson Foltz and Berlin-based sound artist Tom Lynn. By crafting a unique approach to instrumental composition and opting to use exclusively acoustic sources, Foltz and Lynn extend the lineage of fourth world/ambient music.
Music from the Still Life series has recently been featured on:
Hearts of Space
(WDIY, Lehigh Valley, PA)
(WVKR, Poughkeepsie, NY)
(WWSP, Steven's Point, WI)
Space Station Soma
What began as a vacation funded by a tax refund developed into a collaboration that over the last few years has produced a series of recordings praised by critics as well as by musical innovators such as Laurie Anderson, Maria Schneider, Gerry Leonard, Pauline Oliveros, Emil Schult and Jon Hassell.
The rather unlikely duo responsible for this otherwordly music has never performed the material publicly and initially simply gave homemade copies to friends. Even with this decidedly unobtrusive approach, word spread and they gradually became somewhat of an underground phenomenon.
Despite a resume that includes work with prominent artists such as Steely Dan, Barry White, Tony Williams, Aretha Franklin, Manhattan Transfer, Roberta Flack, Dave Liebman, The Maria Schneider Orchestra and many others, the duo made the mutual decision to forego higher profile career paths and concentrate on their own musical explorations. The result of their focused efforts is a body of work that has been described as "a stunningly beautiful hybrid of jazz and modern world music", "subtly felt, dazzling, and utterly essential", "a musical companion to Thoreau's Walden" and yielded comparisons to the legendary collaborations of Miles Davis and Gil Evans.