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An Interview with Jarrod Fowler

Boston sound artist Jarrod Fowler will be performing live on Rare Frequency on July 19, 2007. In his work, Jarrod—who is a percussionist by training—focuses closely on rhythm, but his approach, which is influenced by conceptual and minimal art, is analytical and often unconventional. His first CD, Translation As Rhythm was released on Brandon LaBelle’s Errant Bodies label in 2006. This interview with Jarrod was conducted by email during the week prior to the show.

Tell me a little bit about your background. Do you come from a musical background, as such? If not, how did you become interested in making music?

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What sparked (and continues to inspire) your interest abstract music and sound art?

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You work a lot with natural objects in your work, how does your interest in biology and botany intersect with what you do as a percussionist?

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Are there any artists, musicians, writers, who have particularly influenced/inspired what you do?

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What are some of the current and upcoming projects and/or releases?

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