Seas & Trees
Tucson-based Vicki Brown's violin-based improvisational and experimental organic creations reveal ethereal cinematic moodscapes. Most scores are a capitalization on chance with attention to impulses and intentions without attachment. A native of Wisconsin, she has considered Tucson her home since 1992 when she began graduate school. While she was working on her doctorate in psychology, she was also being heavily educated on the sounds wafting into her old barrio adobe abode from the next-door neighbors like Howe Gelb, John Convertino, Joey Burns and Rainer Ptacek. Almost immediately after finishing school in 2003, she had the serendipitous chance to study with Paul Horn who introduced her to the world of improvisation by stepping off the page and essentially writing your own history. She has not looked back ever since. Much of her music reflects the abstract and intangible yet comprehensible modeling of psychology with unique metrics to understand ourselves better. Her approach is largely to lay out the map of unchartered territories and blaze a trail. Vicki's second release 'Seas & Trees', pulls together material laid down over the past 2 years, pieces that have found their rightful home. Most of it was recorded at home either by herself or with the additions on bass, pedals, and casio sk1 courtesy of Thøger Lund (Giant Sand, The Desoto Caucus), in the studio with Thøger Lund and France's French Tourist (Nantes) on theramin and vinyl, or while choreographing sounds for Movement Salon, Tucson's premier and only arts ensemble (dancers, musicians, writers) that practices the art of Compositional Improvisation. Her first album, 'Winter Garden' was released in 2006 by KEEP Recordings. She was voted Tucson's Best String artist as part of the 2008 TAMMIES (Tucson's Grammys). Recording she did with Joey Burns and Year Long Disaster was nominated for 'Best New Rock Song' 2008 Grammy award (Swan on Black Lake). Her recording credits include Amy Rude • Marianne Dissard • Lilium • The Desoto Caucus • Sea of Cortez • Gabriel Sullivan • Beautiful Bird • Carl John • Year Long Disaster • Ian Moore • Naim Amor • Chris Cacavas • John Coinman • Elliott + The Heretics • The Holy Rolling Empire • Jim Pugliese • Loveland • Campo Bravo • Jacob White • András Laszló Weil Fisher • The Low Ones • Lonna Kelley • The New Drakes • Darren Hanlon She has toured and/or shared stages with Sea of Cortez • Tatsuya Nakatani • Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter • Sparklehorse • Calexico • Woven Hand • DeVotchka • Nicolai Dunger • Jon Langford • Pam Rose • Hanz Araki • Marianne Dissard • Cathy Rivers • Naim Amor • Amy Rude • Campo Bravo • Eric Potter • Paul Horn • The Lowlights • Megan Haas • Marie Frank • Kristin Hersh • SMOG • M. Ward • Norfolk&Western • Cyril Barrett • Scout Niblett • Yo Yo Ma • Paul Niehaus.