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First Encounters No​.​2

by Claire Rousay & Owen Davis

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Claire Rousay (percussion) & Owen Davis (percussion)
claire rousay is a person who performs and records. She currently lives in San Antonio, Texas. Her performances and recordings explore queerness, human relationships, and self perception through the use of physical objects and their potential sounds. rousay performs with Brandon Lopez, Carol Genetti, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Jacob Wick, Ken Vandermark, Lori Goldston, Michael Foster, Tom Carter, and others. rousay’s work has been performed at locations such as Casa del Popolo, Constellation Chicago, Experimental Sound Studio’s Option Series, Iklectik Art Lab (London), Issue Project Room, and the Tobin Center for Performing Arts (San Antonio).

“Her ability to keep things clear and sparse while constantly pushing forward results in a sense that anything could happen at any moment, be it a pregnant pause or a percussive explosion.” - Marc Masters, Bandcamp Daily

Owen Davis is a composer, percussionist, improvisor, noise artist, and co-curator of the Interference Series based in Flagstaff, AZ, USA. His work centers around noise - searching out ways to find and make it in composition, improvisation, and other performance situations.

This is the third recording released on Nonessential Records formed by the curators of the Interference Series. This recording captures some of the spirit of the series - bringing in amazing artists to Flagstaff and finding ways to interface with local artists. This recording is part of our "First Encounters" series in reference to the practice in the world of free improvisation of a performance where improvisors are literally playing together for the first time. This recording, performed live and in two segments in the studio, is true to its title.


released May 15, 2020


This album was recorded January 2019 at Mudhshark Studios in Baderville, AZ (outside of Flagstaff, AZ)

Recording & Mastering Engineer: David James

Album Artwork: Alex Cunningham

Big thanks to Claire for her warm energy during her Flagstaff residency both performing and teaching.


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Nonessential Records is the subsidiary record label and archival recording project under the Interference Series based in Flagstaff, Arizona. The label aims to record and produce high-quality sonic objects, in both physical and digital formats, of featured artists in the Interference Series throughout its season's programing and beyond. ... more

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