Shearwater plays Bowie's Berlin Trilogy, Part 1: Low

by Shearwater

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about

On October 17-19, 2018, Shearwater (and friends) performed all three albums of David Bowie's famous "Berlin Trilogy" of Low (1977), "Heroes" (1977) and Lodger (1979) at the Winter Garden Atrium of Brookfield Place in New York CIty, for WYNC's New Sounds program, hosted by John Schaefer.

This is the recording of our performance of Low, the first album in the Berlin Trilogy. ("Heroes" and Lodger are sold separately).

To present this strange, beautiful, difficult music in all its glory, Shearwater's Jet Plane and Oxbow lineup of JM, Emily Lee, Sadie Powers, Josh Halpern and Lucas Oswald was augmented by Jamie Stewart (of Xiu Xiu), Ed Rodriguez (of Deerhoof), Travis Laplante (of Battle Trance), Eliot Krimsky (of Glass Ghost), and Dan Duszynski (of Loma)—and, conducting "Warszawa", Bowie's longtime guitarist and musical director Carlos Alomar.

it's safe to say these are the last songs by another artist that Shearwater will record or perform for quite a while (we've got to make another album of our own, after all). But these shows were a highlight of our performing lives, and reverse-engineering these unusual and inspiring records on their 40th anniversary was a delight and a challenge for us. (JM)

credits

released January 15, 2019

Jonathan Meiburg | Voice, Guitar, Keyboard, Harmonica
Jamie Stewart | Voice, Gong
Emily Lee | Keyboards, Voice
Sadie Powers | Bass Guitar, Bass Synth
Josh Halpern | Drums
Travis Laplante | Tenor Saxophone
Eliot Krimsky | Synthesizer
Ed Rodriguez | Lead Guitar
Dan Duszynski | Guitar, Voice, Congas


Recorded at Brookfield Place, NYC for New Sounds Live
On October 19, 2018

WNYC Engineers | Ed Haber | Noriko Okabe | George Wellington
Musical Director | Emily Lee
Live Sound Mix | Richie Clarke
Production Director | Rebecca Zuber
Technical Director | Mark Torchia

Mixed and Mastered by Dan Duszynski at Dandysounds

Thanks to: John Schaefer | Elysa Marden | Arts Brookfield | Ronen Givony | The Wordless Music Orchestra | Deron Pulley | Jonathan Kade | Jamie Dobie | Michael Azerrad | Battalion Rehearsal Studios | The Arts Brookfield Stage Crew

Special thanks to Maestro Carlos Alomar for graciously conducting "Warszawa".

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