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Wally Gunn and Maria Zajkowski – The Ascendant: Surviving Death

Posted By Roomful of Teeth

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The Ascendant is a set of songs composed by Wally Gunn, set to a trio of poems written by Maria Zajkowski. The final movement, Surviving Death, unfolds in a patient, incessant groove, elegantly straddling the boundary between contemporary classical music and indie rock. As Gunn states, Zajkowski’s text is “spare, detached, taut with restraint, but spiked with devastating releases of feeling which can make your stomach drop as if you are suddenly in freefall…[the poems] have a way of getting under your skin and leaving you unsettled, haunted.”