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by Brian McCarthy

Nebula 03:07
Flux 12:09
Kepler's Law 05:10
Lucy 04:54


With AFTER|LIFE, the scope and ambition of the nonet has expanded on a cosmic scale. While originally pondered a series of pieces reflecting on different cultures’ concepts of life after death, I found myself compelled more by science than spirituality. The cyclical nature of the universe, the possibility that it will eventually collapse and then explode into a reborn reality – and the distinct possibility that this has already happened, perhaps many times – was enthralling enough to fuel an hour’s worth of adventurous, stargazing music that traces the life cycle of our solar system.
The life that we're living is basically a form of whatever came before us, In that sense, we exist in the after life. I’m fascinated by the fact that all the molecules that make up our bodies, our atmosphere, the planet that we live on and all the planetary bodies around us were once a part of the same giant structure. We are all inevitably connected, even at a molecular level, no matter how different we might think we are.


released May 26, 2023


Brian McCarthy - alto & soprano saxophones
Bill Mobley - trumpet, flugelhorn
Daniel Ian Smith - tenor saxophone
Stantawn Kendrick - tenor saxophone
Cameron MacManus - trombone
Andrew Gutauskas - baritone saxophone
Matt Aronoff - bass
Justin Kauflin - piano
Jared Schonig - drums


All compositions & arrangements by Brian McCarthy
Produced by Linda Little
Recorded at Guilford Sound, Guilford Vermont (USA) on April 1-3, 2022
Recorded & mixed by Fernando Lodeiro
Engineering Assistant, Matt Hall
Mastering by Oscar Zambrano
Album design & layout by Summer Drexel
Album design inspired by NASA’s James Webb imagery (Southern Ring Nebula)
Photo by Ashton J. Harrewyn
Released on Truth Revolutions Recording Collective


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