Nick Norton: Ghost Pepper Eyes

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Nick Norton on "GHOST PEPPER EYES"

I'd seen Now Hear a few times when I proposed the project, and I believe all I said about it in the proposal was, "groovy, fun to play, kind of dorian, kind of aleatoric, might have electronics." I had a groove in my head that was maybe two bars long, and I could imagine Fede utterly shredding it on his bass, and the band really locking together on it and just knocking it out. Rather than forcing that groove into a structure or trying to achieve any aesthetic goals, I just wrote whatever I heard happening next. Then I did that again. After a while I had a piece, written entirely on gut instinct. The title refers to Anthony and I first becoming friends over ghost pepper salsa. I did actually once get ghost pepper sauce in my eye. It was horrible, but delicious.

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from Made in California, released October 28, 2013

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Founded in Santa Barbara, California in early 2012, the Now Hear Ensemble is a unique combination of double bass, percussion, clarinet, viola, and saxophone, who’s primary goal is the premier of new works by emerging composers.

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