Selected Discography

Symbiotique

Davis & Eaton

Since 2017, Seth Andrew Davis & Michael Eaton have been organizing and playing together in Second Nature Ensemble and Social Ecology Project, exploring group improvisation and composition. With “Symbiotique”, Davis & Eaton play as a duo. “Symbiotique” consists of 8 tracks where Davis & Eaton explore each other's compositional and improvisational voices, ranging from free improvisation to heavily processed electro-acoustic explorations.


“Symbiotique” is the inaugural release of Davis & Eaton’s record label Mother Brain Records. Mother Brain Records is a Kansas City based label focusing on improvised and experimental musics.
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THERE ARE NO JOBS ON A DEAD PLANET

Social Ecology Project

There are no jobs on a dead planet...

Humanity has come to the Capitalocene, a time of existential crisis. The capitalist system is responsible for extreme climate change and for the Earth's sixth mass extinction event, contributing to enormous ecological suffering. We now face head on the catastrophe of global warming. Misleading information can be directly traced to particular special interest groups. Corporations, including Exxon Mobil, have known since the 1970s that burning oil and gas could cause climate change and global warming, but nonetheless they fund disinformation efforts. The crossroads we face reveals how deeply social and economic issues are interwoven with ecology. The most disadvantaged members of society are directly affected by climate change and suffer the most. The never-ending war of imperialism and undermined democracy is considered the norm. There is systematic hostility towards refugees; racial and gender violence run deep; and the wealth gap grows larger everyday . We need rapid, systemic transformation that tackles the stratification of wealth and power, placing decarbonisation and equity at the forefront. A sustainable future requires social ecology and ecosocialism.

There are no jobs on a dead planet...
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American Purgatory

Social Ecology Project

Purgatory - a place or state of temporary suffering or misery. Purgatory can refer to any place or situation in which suffering and misery are felt to be sharp but temporary.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effects_of_economic_inequality

The U.S. mass media is a powerful and large political structure that serves a system-based propaganda role, dependent on market forces, centralized perceived and self-censored ideas, and without transparent repression.

Research shows that increased inequality hinders economic growth and that disparities in land and human capital decreases productivity more than income inequality.

The propaganda model for the manufacture of public consent defines five filters that manipulate the editorial content of news reports in mass media:

1. Size, Ownership, and Profit Orientation:
The mainstream media outlets are large-scale profit-based businesses and must therefore serve the financial interests of business owners including shareholders and controlling creditors. The size of a media company is a result of the investment in the mass communications technology necessary to reach a mass audience of spectators, listeners and readers.


2. The Advertising License to Do Business:
Because the bulk of income of major media outlets comes from ads, advertisers have gained a "de facto licensing authority." Without the funding of marketers, media outlets are not commercially viable. Therefore, news media need to tackle their advertisers ' political views and economic desires. It, for example, has undermined the press from the working class and describes the volume of publications that is destructive.

3. Sourcing Mass Media News:
Through contributing to the the media's costs of procurement and distribution of content, the large bureaucracies of the wealthy subsidize the mass media of specific exposure. The large entities offering this service have access to the windows and become' routine news sources. The arbitrary decision of the gatekeepers must be ignored by non routine sources of access. The editorial distortion is exacerbated by the media's dependence on private and government news sources. For situations where there is downside from the origins for a certain newspaper, television station, magazine, etc., it is implicitly ruled out. To mitigate this financial risk, news media outlets editorially manipulate their content to support corporate and government agendas and remain in business.

4. Flak and the Enforcers:
"Flak" refers to negative responses to a media statement or program. Flak can be expensive to the media, Flak may be costly because of the lack of advertisement sales or because of expenses in the protection of the public image of the newspaper. Powerful private interest groups can be grouped into Flak. The threat of flak may dissuade the publication of certain facts or opinions.

5. Anti-Communism:
The "War on Terror" has been the main tool of social control since the end of Cold War anti-communism.
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Tenor Triage

Tenor Triage

Brooklyn’s Tenor Triage unites the saxophone camaraderie of Michael Eaton, James Brandon Lewis, and Sean Sonderegger into a freewheeling and outward bound spin on a classic matchup. The band’s chemistry melds harmolodics and firey, hymnic free jazz to heavy hitting groove and gritty polyphony. “Tenor Triage”, outlines their vision through original music plus a deep cut composition by Dewey Redman, joined by bassist Brad Jones and drummer Calvin Weston (both alumni of Ornette Coleman’s ensembles). The tenors dedicate “Tenor Triage” to their late bandmate, harmolodic guitar master Bern Nix.
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Presence

Brad Whiteley

For his sophomore album, pianist Brad Whiteley delivers Presence, a set of artfully textured originals tailormade for his top-flight band featuring Michael Eaton on tenor saxophone, Tom Guarna on guitar, bassist Matt Pavolka, and longtime drummer Kenneth Salters, who also played on Whiteley’s debut, Pathless Land. That album, an Editor’s Pick for DownBeat in June, 2014 in which critics dubbed Whiteley “an exciting young artist to watch” set the stage for the pianist as a composer and improvisor. Presence takes Whiteley’s artistry to a new level, demonstrating his ability to incorporate a world of influences into a warm, engaging whole, led by his hooked-filled writing and fluid pianism. The album is also somewhat of a Destiny Records family affair. Eaton, Guarna, and Salters have each released their own albums as leaders on the label, and Whiteley has filled the piano/keyboard chair on five Destiny albums aside from his own. Recorded at the world-renowned Avatar Studios (now the Power Station at BerkleeNYC) by Destiny’s own George Shalda, the outstanding musicianship of Presence shines with impeccable warmth and clarity.
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Toy Box

Paul Bertolino

CDs AVAILABLE HERE:
https://kunaki.com/Sales.asp?PID=PX00IRPJRL
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Selected discography

Darkness Made Light

Kyle Quass' Special Guests

The genesis of this project was a Chatterbox gig the spring of 2016. After the gig Michael Eaton planted the seed for recording this group and moved forward with setting up an old school two tenor blowing session. The result is this recording, and for that I owe Michael a huge debt of gratitude for both inspiring the recording and also helping bring it to fruition.

However, all music is the sum of ones experiences and every project the product of a community. There is no way to recognize or thank everyone who in some way contributed to this project, but I would especially like to thank the following people:

Mark Tuttle. My long time friend, mentor, and partner in crime. A continual source of inspiration.

David Baker. Teacher and mentor, I cannot underestimate his influence on my life. May he Rest In Peace.

Jon Heagle. Whose input, feedback and encouragement during the initial stages was instrumental.

Rachel Caswell. Without whose help I could not have pulled this project together.

Additionally, I could not have completed this project without the support of Cory Smythe, Julian Douglas, Jacob Belser and Adam Davis. And, of course, my wife Heather Robinson. They are my sounding boards, my support network, my family.

Last but not least, I am pleased and grateful to have two of my favorite people and musicians anchoring the rhythm section, Jeremy Allen and Ben Lumsdaine.

Thank you for your consideration. I hope you enjoy the music, we enjoyed making it.
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We Are Legion

Tenth Intervention/Dorian Wallace

We Are Legion is an immersive chamber work inspired by the hacktivist collective, Anonymous.
Represented at the core of this work is the group's mission to uphold freedom of speech and freedom of expression. Anonymous actively fights against corporate, civic, and religious extremism and oppression.

We are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect us.
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12 Planets

AmmoCake

12 Planets

Searching through the hypnotic blue skyline,
looking for signs of end times.
Clouds laugh loud in puffy white burst
breaking the still silence of things to come.

Groveling for a glimpse of something other than nothing,
there is no longer hope on earth,
there has to be more.

It has been written so many times before,
There has to be more.

There has to be more than this right?

Planet of panic looking for answers.
Pastors of promise preaching rewards.
What is really in store?
There has to be more.

Conspiracy deliver me from my ordinary life.
Let me live in this fantasy just a little longer,
let me be part of the bigger picture,
not just a forgotten nail on the wall
rusted and waiting to fall.

Part the blue and the glowing golden hue
let me see through the galaxy
Planet X awaiting visibility.

Hold breath anticipation and scientific calculation,
break the hold of human existence frustration.
please let there be more.

There has to be more than this right?
Too many if's and not enough when's,
guess I still have to go work today.
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David Andrew Moore - Personal Mythologies (2014)

Anderson/Eaton/Minkoff (2013)

George Mel - Streams of Consciousness (2010)

(x)tet (2009, rec. 2007)

Saxophone Cartel (2004)

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