Doug Wieselman has worked as a player, arranger and composer with a variety of artists in different fields including John Lurie, Anohni, Laurie Anderson, Lou Reed, CocoRosie, Martha Wainwright, Anthony Coleman, Hal Willner, Butch Morris, Robert Woodruff, The Flying Karamazov Brothers, Jerome Robbins and Robert Wilson. He has co-led Kamikaze Ground Crew for over 30 years, and has released a solo clarinet record From Water, based on melodies he has heard from bodies of water. His soundtrack work can be heard on the cd “Dimly Lit”, released on John Zorn’s Tzadik label. He also was co-composer for the Nickelodian cartoon show “The Backyardigans” in association with Evan Lurie.
Jane Scarpantoni is a cellist, arranger and composer who got her start on the downtown NYC scene at venues such as P.S. 122 and The Knitting Factory.
She has toured and recorded with The Lounge Lizards, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen and the Indigo Girls amongst many others and is currently working with guitarist, bassist and songwriter Duke McVinnie on their mutual projects.
Kenny Wollesen is a drummer, vibraphonist, percussionist and instrument builder based in New York City. He is the founder of the Wollesonic Laboratories and the mastermind behind Sonic Massages and the Himalayas marching band. He has worked with Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, Tom Waits, Ben Goldberg, Steven Bernstein, Jonas Mekas, Butch Morris, Ilhan Ersahin, Hal Willner, John Medeski, Jim Hall, John Zorn.
Somewhere Glimmer is the second album by Trio S – the acclaimed group helmed by clarinetist Doug Wieselman, featuring Jane Scarpantoni on cello and Kenny Wollesen on drums and percussion. When Trio S was formed in 1999, Wieselman wanted to create a band separate from his Kamikaze Ground Crew – the band which he co-led and was his vehicle for his compositions starting in the ’80’s.
In the mid/late 90s, Wieselman had been exploring a solo clarinet repertoire, inspired by water melodies, which extensively used live looping. He wanted to continue this idea, but in a band context, as he had a sonic vision of one of the pieces from the first Trio S album – “Majorca” – which involved a rhythm and a bass line. Rather than bass, Wieselman was attracted to the cello and thought of his good friend Jane Scarpantoni, with whom he’d been playing and touring in the Lounge Lizards. For drums, he naturally thought to call Kenny Wollesen – who had been playing in the New York version of Kamikaze Ground Crew, as well as numerous other overlapping projects in the Downtown Scene. Together and to fit the timbral necessities of this project, Wieselman and Wollesen developed a drum set which includes a very large bass drum and a timpani. Wieselman swiftly booked their first show at the much missed Tonic music venue in New York’s Lower East Side and the band was set in motion.