Cellist Clarice Jensen ponders measuring cups, releases debut solo album For This From That Will Be Filled on Miasmah

Cellist Clarice Jensen ponders measuring cups, releases debut solo album For This From That Will Be Filled on Miasmah
Photo: Ryuhei Shindo/Courtesy of the artist

I knew cellist Clarice Jensen looked familiar!

…I actually saw her perform in 2017 at Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival with the American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME) that she founded in 2004, and ACME’s direct complement to performances that were headlined by, among others, Blonde Redhead. (BR has performed with ACME on more than one occasion, and each time has prooobably coincided with an opportunity to hear “Elephant Woman” backed by the string ensemble demanded by the studio version of the song. A string-less “Elephant Woman” just isn’t “Elephant Woman,” and — as cellist and ACME principal — Jensen has certainly done her part to ensure that things remain fidelity-licious.)

Now, separate from her ACME surroundings, the Juilliard graduate is about to release her debut solo album For This From That Will Be Filled, out via the traditionally solemn Miasmah label. And indeed, unlike several of her fellow cellist contemporaries’ forays into dissonant experimentalism, Jensen’s release discernibly explores the instrument for the benefit of our meditation. (For instance, the opening track “BC” was composed with Jóhann Jóhannsson, who basically traffics in just that type of beautiful, blissful sound.)

Have a listen to the (b) version of the album’s title track below, and pre-order the album ahead of its April 6 release date at Jensen’s Bandcamp now.

For This From That Will Be Filled tracklisting:

01. BC
02. Cello Constellations
03. For This From That Will Be Filled (a)
04. For This From That Will Be Filled (b)

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