30 August 2021
Bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck puts her instrument on the line

Bassoon innovator Sara Schoenbeck releases an album of duets on Pyroclastic Records on October 22.


The eponymous album shows Schoenbeck continuing to forge a path for the instrument as a vehicle for improvised and composed contemporary music in a series of duets.


Her wide-ranging collaborators include flautist Nicole Mitchell, guitarist Nels Cline, saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, pianist Matt Mitchell, and bassist Mark Dresser. 


Each piece on the album is tailored to Schoenbeck’s duo partners, ranging from compositions to free improvisation to songs that fit the individual and the collaboration between them.


“Collaboration is so central to my musical life,” says Schoenbeck, “that when I was offered the opportunity to record as a bandleader I wanted to make a bit of a survey of the people that I've loved playing with and have made an impact on my musicianship.”


Her duet partners on the album and the music involved are the result of this survey.


Sara Schoenbeck (photo by Evan Eisenstadt)

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