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Lovdahl, Ian super satisfying free jazz, one of my favorites, don't pass this one up. Favorite track: There's No There There.
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Giles There's such a great vibe of exploration and enjoying each other's playing in this duo. I also love the variety, from grooves to soulful ballads to free jazz. It's sort of a series of games or little puzzles they've set up to solve together, using all the different characters and sounds each instrument can provide. Lovely stuff!
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lwayne Love the “listening” and “responding” throughout this album. Evocative of the wonderful interplay demonstrated during the live performances on your tour. Highly recommended progressive music! Favorite track: How Was The Drive?.
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maxfrantz Because I love the Formaneks!!!!!
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Two, Not One 07:18
After You 04:27
The Woods 04:40
Wavy Lines 05:04
Hurricane 05:16
DNA 07:58


Peter Formanek - Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet
Michael Formanek - Double Bass

Michael and Peter Formanek started making music and improvising together before Peter started school. Regular visits to their home from friends and colleagues like Tim Berne, Jim Black, Marty Ehrlich and many others only served to normalize this as being an essential part of human interaction. During much of their time living in Baltimore and as Peter began to study music formally (first on guitar then on saxophones and woodwinds), it was just part of daily life to have musicians come by to play, rehearse, or just hang out. This eventually turned into regular groups and collaborations that performed in local venues in and around Baltimore. For Peter’s eighteenth birthday they played a night of Michael’s music at the Cornelia Street Cafe with a lineup of Tim Berne and Peter Formanek on saxophones, Jacob Sacks on piano, Jim Black on drums, and Michael Formanek on bass. Peter went to University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2013 to study with the great Andrew Bishop, and sometime after Peter’s graduation in 2017 he and Michael decided to perform as a duo. They embarked on their first tour together in November 2019 spanning the upper midwest, mid-Atlantic, and northeastern US, and soon after booked a studio date to record the music presented here as Dyads.


released January 29, 2021

Composer Credits:
Tracks 1 and 3 - Peter Formanek
Tracks 5, 7, 11 and 13 - Michael Formanek (Formtone Music - BMI)
Tracks 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, and 12 - Michael and Peter Formanek

Recorded by David Amlen at Sound on Sound Studio Montclair, New Jersey on December 30, 2019
Mixed by Nathaniel Morgan, Brooklyn NY in May 2020
Mastered by Nick Lloyd at Firehouse 12, New Haven CT in October 2020
Artwork, layout, and design by TJ Huff (huffart.com)

We would like to give our deepest, most heartfelt thanks to Sandra Eisner and Allison Prost for their love and support. We would also like to thank Adam Hopkins, David Amlen, Nathaniel Morgan, and Nick Lloyd.

OOYH 008


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