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Liminality

Liminality

Erik Skov

Label: OA2 Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0805552216929
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Catalog number: OA2 22169
Releasedate: 06-09-19
- Liminality refers to the time during a ritual when the participant has left their former state but the ritual is not yet complete.
- The arrangements revolve around the guitar trio, with lush horn harmonies augmenting the sound.
On "Liminality," Chicago guitarist Erik Skov creates a striking debut, exploring a far-reaching collection of original compositions with his six-piece ensemble, including saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi, trumpeter Emily Kuhn, trombonist Euan Edmonds, bassist Kitt Lyles, and drummer Gustavo Cortinas. Referring here to the threshold between stages of a transformative process, "Liminality" celebrates that zone where creative discovery and possibility can thrive, through long-form compositions rife with unfolding melodies, elegiac set pieces, or straight-ahead romps.  

Erik Skov is a jazz guitarist, educator, and composer working in the Chicago area. As a graduate of North Central College (BA in Jazz Studies, minor in Anthropology, 2011) and Northwestern University (M.M. in Jazz Studies, 2015), Skov has established himself as an up and coming new voice for jazz guitar. An experienced performer on guitar, as well as banjo, Skov has been able to work professionally with top musicians and composers in the jazz and classical worlds including Victor Goines, Ryan Kisor, Jonathan Newman, Derek Bremel, Mallory Thompson, Ben Bolter, Frank Caruso, Charleen Brooks, Chris Madsen, and several others. Skov can be seen performing in several Chicago based ensembles including Kitt Lyles Real Talk, Gustavo Cortinas Snapshot, BTQ, Roy McGrath Chi-Town Sounds, the EWA trio and Victor Bastidas DePasie Project. He has performed as a leader or sideman at the Green Mill, Room 43, Millennium Park, Skokie Theater, Hemingway’s Bistro and held a 7 year residency at Heaven on Seven in Naperville.

Skov’s most recent project, Liminality, is a six piece jazz ensemble that features saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi, trumpeter Emily Kuhn, trombonist Euan Edmonds, bassist Kitt Lyles, and drummer Gustavo Cortinas. The ensemble’s name, Liminality, comes from the anthropological term relating to the middle stages of a ritual or rite. In this stage, the participants have left their previous state and have begun a transformative process that will lead to the desired rewards. Skov’s upcoming album aims to celebrate music as the state of liminality, a life long musical process aimed at connecting and communicating with others.