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Materials and their Destiny

by Curt Sydnor

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    Using handwritten architectural lettering, the beautiful artwork/design pays homage to the inspiration of this recording, Louis Sullivan's "System of Architectural Ornament" (1922).

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Materials and their Destiny is a different kind of jazz album— less something you would find at the touring band’s merch table; more what the intrepid archaeologist might find buried under a library in Venice.

Inspired by an overlooked work of American architectural philosophy, Sydnor’s compositions merge Late Romantic harmonies with the synth-laden production approach of 70s prog rock.

The music is presented as a suite: an edifice rotating upon a central axis. As the music cycles forward cryptic motives recur like runes — accumulating meaning and rewarding multiple listens.

Released by Chicago independent label, ears&eyes Records


released September 4, 2015

Curt Sydnor - keys, synth & compositions
Caroline Davis - alto saxophone
Aaron Dugan - guitar
Jordan Perlson - drums

Recorded by John Davis and Aaron Dugan at Bunker Studios, Brooklyn NY
Mixed by Greg Saunier
Mastered by Greg Saunier and Aaron Dugan, Brooklyn, NY with post assistance by Peter Andreadis at All City Mastering, Chicago, IL

Album Cover Artwork by Jordan Martins
Live Photos by Won Kyung Chang
Curt Sydnor photo by Peter Gannushkin
Layout/design assistance by Matthew Golombisky



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Curt Sydnor Brooklyn, New York

Curt Sydnor is a pianist and composer who performs across musical genres. He plays in various NYC jazz and contemporary music groups.

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