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Tonight on Local/Live: Collective Neurosis

Collective Neurosis

“I am proposing the word ‘musicreating’ to describe the process of playing/performing music in a manner which is spontaneous, improvised, of-the-moment, in other words, music making/playing which is created/composed ‘on the spot’, quoth the raven, otherwise known as Carl [Raven] on his musical project known as Collective Neurosis.

Raven, the percussionist of Collective Neurosis, along with Frank Marquardt on saxophone and clarinet, Rob Schoenecker on trumpet and Native American flute and Henry Steinfort on cello, will be ‘musicreating’ for avant garde and jazz aficionados, alike for Local/Live tonight at 8 p.m. According to Raven, his improv jazz group has already had a long relationship with WMSE. “We have had forty seven of our original song recordings premiered there [WMSE]”.  Turns out part of ‘musicreating’ ‘s live performances include the radio airwaves, too.

Marquardt mentioned on the web site for his and Raven’s additional project the Once Now Ensemble that””with a stroke of luck, I found Carl Raven in 2004, and we began the completely improvisational Collective Neurosis. With the additions of Rob Schoenecker on trumpet, violin and percussion, and Henry Steinfort on cello, every piece ever played by Collective Neurosis has been completely improvised, putting forth all of our true feelings at that specific moment in time, and has been since the first meeting of Carl and myself in 2004. I’m sure it sounds extremely self-indulgent, but that’s the only way I can approach music at this point in my life. Collective Neurosis was also very fortunate in 2004 to have met WMSE disc jockey Dr. Sushi who hosts the Dr. Sushi’s Free Jazz BBQ show every Tuesday between 9 a.m. and noon on 91.7 FM. In that time he has played some 40-odd individual Collective Neurosis pieces on his show. Which brings us to the present, where I have the extreme pleasure and privilege of working with these absolutely amazing members of the Once Now Ensemble.”

Listen to Collective Neurosis live on WMSE’s Local/Live program tonight at 8 p.m. Tune into 91.7 FM on your radio dial or stream online or listen in the archives at

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