i am not is the debut release from Brooklyn-based janus, a fearless young chamber group made up three
like-minded and virtuosic musicians: Amanda Baker (flute), Beth Meyers (viola) and Nuiko Wadden
(harp). Since 2002, janus has commissioned and performed new works that break the bounds of traditional chamber music, and the wisdom of the group's experience is elegantly and artfully captured on i am not, an album that immediately sets janus apart as a singular ensemble.
Featuring the music of New York composers Jason Treuting, Caleb Burhans, Angélica Negrón, Anna Clyne,
Cameron Britt and Ryan Brown, i am not was tailored specifically for janus. The electrifying and
revelatory results challenge the listener at every turn: As the group flits effortlessly between genres, it conjures a soundworld that is untethered yet consistent, classic yet definitively 21st century. In this way, i am not manages to defy the longheld Debussy-ian idioms that typify flute/viola/harp music. Further pushing the trio into this unusual landscape is a deft use of sonic devices such as glass bottles, electronics, banjo and voice. Earthy and introspective, i am not is a fluidly formed and cohesive artistic whole woven together of nine unique designs. i am not was recorded in two sessions at the renowned Clinton Recording Studios in New York, NY, with Lawson White producing and engineering. 'i am not (blank)' by Jason Treuting was recorded at the So Percussion Studio in Brooklyn, NY.