Ajemian has acquired a high profile in the improvised music scene over the years, performing with Jeff Parker (Tortoise, Brian Blade) weekly for five years in Chicago, Rob Mazurek's Mandarin Movie, Exploding Star Orchestra (with Bill Dixon); the Chicago Underground Trio/Quartet and Ken Vandermark's Crisis Ensemble. Then to NYC where he's been found with Helado Negro, Marc Ribot's Sun Ship, Matana Robert's CoinCoin & Devendra Banhart. Ajemian's curiosity has ranged far and wide—he's just as comfortable in the hushed, folksy setting of Born Heller, his duo with Josephine Foster, as he is in the breath-processed arrangements of his large ensemble Who Cares How Long You Sink. Given such a variety of musical interest, a detour like From Beyond, Ajemian's backwards version of Back Sabbath's Into the Void for chamber ensemble, begins to seem like an obvious stop on this bassist's journey from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to Chicago and his current home in New York City.
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