Bassist John Ferrara is a musician whose work is defined by the balance of contradictory forces. As one third of jam-prog stalwarts Consider the Source, he deftly blends the traditional role of a bassist with boundary-breaking technical innovations and unusual sonic palates. As half of a duo with percussionist Seth Moutal, he demonstrates a broad range of styles and melodic invention that makes each composition feel simultaneously familiar and enigmatic. Now, Ferrara is stepping out on his own with his first solo release: The Harmony of Opposites.
This new album is a snapshot of Ferrara’s life and philosophy, a sound-sculpture of solo bass guitar that chronicles his journey as a musician. Original compositions range from the playful “Ben Franklin’s Hair” to the somber “Songer”, propelled by Ferrara’s remarkable ability to coax a vast array of sounds from his instrument. His signature virtuosic are displayed like complex percussive thumbing, ethereal harmonics, layered looping and hypnotic tapping bring fire and passion to covers of Glass’ “Glassworks”, Satie’s “Gymnopedie”, and Stone Temple Pilots’ “Plush”.
A Harmony of Opposites will be released on February 4th, 2020, and will soon be available for pre-order. Listeners will be able to stream it on various services through Ferrara’s site, [website here]. Shows will be announced soon, and fans will be able to book private house concerts by contacting him directly. This album is a labor of love from a musician dedicated to his instrument, his craft, and his global community of fans, and he cannot wait to share it with the world.
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