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First Shot

by Success Pistols

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BANG! ZAP! POW! Success Pistols is Dustin Finer (tenor saxophone, composition), Scott Bevins (trumpet), Eli Davidovici (bass), and Mili Hong
(drums). Their sound borrows from new music, improvised music, and avant-minimalist traditions. Scores consist of instructions that Finer
teaches the group orally; specificity of each instruction varies and unspecified elements are improvised. The result is that each piece retains
an identifiable sonic fingerprint while differing every performance. Works are taught orally, rather than by providing the written text scores,
so that the music must be memorized immediately. This demands a high level of concentration and fosters a unique performer experience
where modalities of listening and memory are used as compositional parameters. Some works also feature game elements that encourage
the musicians to interact in playful ways, such as cueing one another with subtle winks.

First Shot is Success Pistols' debut recording.


released January 20, 2022

Dustin Finer - Tenor saxophone, composition
Scott Bevins - Trumpet
Eli Davidovici - Bass
Mili Hong - Drums

Recorded by James Benjamin and Sam Rae.
Mixed by James Benjamin at Breakglass Studios.
Mastered by Jonathan Kaspy.
Artwork by Isaac Vallentin.

This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.


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