February 20, 2021 Two Rooms recording artists Alex Harding (Quartet NOW!) and Joel Peterson (Viands) join together with percussionist Dave Hurley for a live stream concert at Trinosophes.
October 2, 2020 New digital release series debuts with Live at Trinosophes by Tatsuya Nakatani, Matthew Smith and Joel Peterson Two Rooms announces a new digital download series, created to accelerate the pace of our releases and generate income for artists during this time of financial crisis. Kicking off the series is percussion dynamo Tatsuya Nakatani with Joel Peterson (double-bass, fretless guitar) and Matthew Smith (Moog synth). Recorded live in Detroit during 2019, this first-meeting of the trio straddles multiple worlds of sound, resulting in a fresh take on the intersections of free improvisation, ambient/minimalism and spontaneous thematic material. Although we remain committed to producing physical media, there's is no denying the low overhead and global accessibility of digital releases. We look forward to expanding this series on a regular basis, with live and studio recordings of amazing, unheard music.
Read reviews of SCALE in the The Wire, Chicago Reader
and Southeastern Michigan Jazz Association journal
August 7, 2020 Two Rooms announces its fifth release, SCALE, a new recording by experimental harpist Zeena Parkins and electronic artist Jeff Kola Co-authored by Parkins and Kolar, SCALE addresses issues of observation, embodied transferences, telepathy and duration by employing swipes, knocks, resonators and hypnotic patterning on the acoustic harp with the less- controllable sounds of radio waves, homemade synths and feedback. The work is inspired by the timing and sensations of natural phenomena—daylight’s slow emergence at dawn, the pulsing ambiance of ocean currents—depicting nature as both utopic and disruptive. Attention is situated in an often luscious, contemplative sonic environment that shifts at varying rates, from the imperceptible to sudden, unexpected bursts. SCALE was originally commissioned by choreographer Jennifer Monson for her work bend the even and performed live in its entirety at the famed Chocolate Factory Theater in Queens, New York.
Ryan Jewell Quintet’s album Vibration! gets another review, this time from the hometown. Read online in Jazz Columbus
We missed this review of our first three releases on Two Rooms
One year later, Two Rooms' recordings are still charting on Montreal airwaves
Vibration! gets some airplay on WFMU!
First review of Ryan Jewell Quintet's Vibration!
June 28, 2019 Two Rooms Records is proud to announce the release of Vibration!, the debut record by the Ryan Jewell Quintet Percussion extraordinaire Jewell has released numerous recordings some under his own name, but Vibration! marks his first as a bandleader with a group solely dedicated to performing his music. The detailed and varied compositions on Vibration! reflect the wide range of his musical experiences and interests, including work in improvised music, sound art, electronic music, free jazz, experimental music and the creative end of indie rock. However, Vibration! Is a set of tightly composed music for jazz instrumentation that often opens up into swinging, fiery improvisations or luxuriates in textured minimalist atmospheres. The Quintet features Columbus, Ohio musicians John Philip Allen (doublebass), Alex Burgoyne (alto sax), Abhilasha Jayanthi (guitar), and Caleb Miller (piano/keys), whose intense dedication to the music gives this debut recording the snapping confidence of a long-established group.
How about a little label love from Germany? Man, these guys really got the inside scoop on how we put these releases together—and not from us! Take a look here.
New review of Quartet NOW! in the journal of the Southeastern Michigan Jazz Association
Two Rooms showcase at Satellite Records in Kalamazoo. Joel and Sam play records, iincluding upcoming releases and rare tracks from the archives. Performances by Sam Hooker, Spectrum 2 (Skeeter Shelton and Joel Peterson) and K-Zoo's Spirits Rejoice. 6pm, Saturday January 19, 2018
Special Holiday gift offer: Get all three initial Two Rooms' releases on LP for just $50! That includes Viands, Quartet Now! and Thollem with Clem Fortuna! Perfect for any adventurous music fan.
New review of Thollem and Clem Fortuna's You're Letter Must Have Followed Must Have Followed Me All Over the World in Touching Extremes
Tune in to WCBN (88.3 Ann Arbor) on Wednesday, September 12, for a one hour live performance by Viands on The Local Music Show, hosted by Shelley Salant. Music starts around 10 pm.
Another great review from The Pulse (Chattanooga/Knoxville) of our Quartet NOW! release
Festival appearance! Viands performs at the Traverse City Film Festival August 3-5 with special guest Skeeter Shelton on flute.
Viands' Seven Thousand Year Plan hit's #1 for airplay on WCBN (88.3 Ann Arbor); Thollem and Clem Fortuna and Quartet NOW! are #12 and #13 respectively.
The first review is in! Check-out Chattanooga's The Pulse newspaper leading the way with a review of Viands' Seven Thousand Year Plan
First airplay: Quartet NOW! on WHFR (89.3 Dearborn) during "Spirits Rejoice," hosted by Pat Frisco. One of the coolest radio programs in America.
For Immediate Release June 21, 2018 Join us for the debut of Detroit’s newest vanguard record label, Two Rooms Records, at 8 pm on Saturday, July 14 at Trinosophes (1464 Gratiot Avenue, Detroit). Two Rooms is a collaboration between Joel Peterson (Trinosophes and Bohemian National Home) and Sam Hooker (Michigan Underground Group a.k.a. MUG, Peoples Records). This new label specializes in contemporary and historic recordings from a genre-free but largely Detroit-centric perspective. Fittingly, each LP features cover art by noted Detroit visual artists. To celebrate Two Rooms’ debut, the launch party features performances representing the first three LPs released on the label:
Quartet NOW! is a new group co-lead by drummer Dr. Prof. Leonard King (of the legendary Strata Records and Lyman Woodard Organization) and baritone saxophonist Alex Harding (alum of Lester Bowie, David Murray, Julius Hemphill, Sun Ra Arkestra, etc.). With a focus on material by such Detroit composers as Kenn Cox and Charles Moore, Quartet NOW!’s self-titled release harkens back to the era of soul-inflected creative jazz that Detroit musicians innovated in the late 1960s and ’70s.
Seven Thousand Year Plan is the second LP from Viands, an electronic music duo that creates a new sonic universe for each performance. Drawing on spontaneous thematic material, ambient settings and aleatory elements, Viands constructs long-form epics that seem to have structure and development but are the product of the intuitive interplay between members David Shettler and Joel Peterson, each of whom have established histories in music-making of all kinds.
- The multi-year collaboration between virtuoso pianist Thollem and Detroit piano tuner, composer/musician and instrument-builder Clem Fortuna has resulted in Your Letter Must Have Followed Me All Over the World, a live recording of microtonal piano music. Performed by Thollem on four of Trinosophes’ in-house pianos—each tuned to a unique microtonal system devised by Fortuna—this LP is undoubtably one of the most unusual and intriguing recordings of the year.