Cornetist/composer/improviser Rob Mazurek plays with numerous groups of various sizes and styles in Chicago. His band Starlicker includes vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz and drummer John Herndon (also of Tortoise). Mazurek answered questions about his music philosophy via email.
In the liner notes to Starlicker's Double Demon, you say, "I feel like I've been looking for this sound for 20 years." What is "this sound"?
I have always been searching for this sound that happens above the head. A sound which has nothing to do with genre, hip lines, denigrating the past. I have been searching for a way to illuminate sound, so it just hangs there in the clouds, like a cloud, like a complex cloud of power and sweetness.
Besides instrumentation, how does Starlicker differ from your other groups?
For some reason I feel incredibly free within the confines of the structures. All the instruments sing in a very peculiar way that is beyond words. Perhaps a distilled sound that takes into account specific frequencies from limited sound sources to create the illumination that seems so important to me at this time.
How did you settle on Starlicker as a band name?
I enjoy the idea of evolution and the fact that we have no idea where we came from and where we go after this life. I am not interested in rehashing endlessly what has happened before. Whether for good or bad, I want to stretch the tongue out, split the sky and taste the furthest star.
STARLICKER. 8 p.m. Sat., Oct. 8. Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., North Side. $12-15. All ages. 412-237-8300 or www.warhol.org