A few months Gather & Release, Ithaca-based percussionist and composer Sarah Hennies released new work titled Everything Else, out via No Rent Records. It is percussion in the sense that a contemporary definition of “percussion” has the potential to include almost anything that isn’t already defined as some other instrument (cello, piano, clarinet, etc.). Hennies draws parallels between queer identities and being a percussionist in that both are most often defined by what they are not.
The two sides of the tape are 20-minute blocks of sound/activity seemingly without direction. A-side “Falsetto” is for “low-quality” bells found at thrift stores and flea markets while the title track explores a harder-to-define space. Listen below.