JUGALBANDI: Greg Segal:Guitars, Hyam Sosnow:Drums
JUGALBANDI: A Hindi term, meaning music spontaneously created
by two artists, literally, "tied together"
JUGALBANDI: Fasten your seatbelt....around your
Inspired and influenced by the raga and purveyors thereof, Jugalbandi
began to form in the minds of Greg Segal and Hyam Sosnow in the early
1990s. The idea, the nucleus, around which Jugalbandi coalesced, was to
project into the West the energy of the ancient Eastern artistry of the sitar
and tabla ensemble...
The Drooling Insane Beast of Creativity runs untethered, its venom coursing
through the collective bloodstream of Hyam and Greg, welding together equally
mind-boggling levels of compositional invention and technical skill (not to
mention technical invention); Mr. Sosnow has a mind-altering command of the
extensive vocabularic and textural possiblities of his instrument, my words
cannot begin to do his work justice, as Mr. Segal carves other-worldly
kinetic-sonic sculptures and weaves intricate kaleidoscopic orchestrations,
their work ranges from the profoundly disturbing to the ethereally
Their most potent musical statements (in my ever-so-humble opinion), are in
the IL1s - Improvisation Level Classification System (a dissected meditation
on the varying degrees of improvisation present in their work, in the form of
an incrementally progressive value system -each piece being assigned a value
accordingly - from IL6 being a work that is completely composed to IL1, which
is completely spontaneous in its generation, with no prior discussion or
planning), Level 1 - "Gidget Goes Canine", from Yellow Star Mailing List; the
Castle Bravo section of the Thermonuclear Suite, from The View is Better from
the Top of the Food Chain; the title track from Night Crazy; the title track
from Laydown Delivery...these vast, epic, mindmeld soundscapes are viable
life-forms, they breathe, they bleed.... my wife has said this music
(she's...ah...shall we say...not fond of it) sounds like
it's from outer space, and I say, well....THIS MUSIC IS
So, who are these guys, you ask? Greg Segal, along with his brother M. (also
one hell of a drummer...OHOAD), was (is?) a founding member of Paper Bag:, a
band that recorded miles of tape of very concise, concentrated improvisational
pieces. This was in fact my first experience of Greg....
(Enter: Hyam Sosnow)
Hyam Sosnow, after a good piece of time on the professional circuit, pelting
various parts of the U.S.A. with a prog unit known as New World Music Society,
Infinite Silence (great name), Pulse, and Revolver, quit the scene in 1977,
also for a good piece of time, due to the need to eat.
....like Godzilla rising from the sea resurrected in a cloud of nuclear
radiation, the alchemist the anarchist resurfaced in 1989 to once again wreak
havoc on drumming dogma and to bend minds accepting of its limited
conventions. The cloud of atomic radiation was an embryonic band featuring a
certain mad scientist-guitarist and (of equally mind-blowing caliber) bassist
George Radai, also (formerly, at that point), of Paper Bag:.....
...sands shifted, elements ebbed and flowed, form mutated....the synergy that
was to be realized fully in Jugalbandi furthur crystallizing, assuming the
form of conjoined twins sharing a single heart......(see first paragraph, as
this article takes on a circular structure....echoes of Finnegans Wake....)
So...what do they sound like, you ask? Imagine, if you will, bizarre genetic
experiments. an insect trapped in amber. an alien's orgasm. an alien
orgy. bloodletting sacrifice revelation transformation mutation. the aurora
borealis. a ballet of butterflies among shafts of sunlight and flowers. the
end of the world as we know it...and the beginning of the world as we do not
know it... witnessing the infant's first encounter with his/her hands. a
moment of complete silence.
Yeah, that's about what they sound like.