Simon Jermyn is best known as an electric bassist, in addition to being a guitarist and composer. He has led his own avant jazz group Trot A Mouse for a number of years as well as working with Jim Black, John Zorn and Chris Speed, recently performing a solo set of tape pieces at the London Jazz Fest, earning a PhD, and being a member of many forward thinking NYC based bands.
David Crowell is known for his work as a composer, writing for JACK Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, NOW Ensemble, Sandbox Percussion, and many others. As a woodwinds performer, he toured internationally as a member of the Philip Glass Ensemble for 9 years, and has also played with Steve Reich and the Bang on a Can All-Stars. His band Empyrean Atlas has been praised by everyone from the New York Times to WNYC for its unique contrapuntal approaches to polyrhythm.
Spirit Spout is the title of a chapter from Herman Melville's Moby Dick and refers to the crew of the Pequod, becalmed off the Cape of Good Hope at the southern tip of Africa, observing the spouting whale in the far distance but unable to locate it precisely. They lower their boats into the nocturnal waters, but their quarry eludes them. It captures something of the essence of improvisation, its intersections with the world of formal composition, and the mystery of influence. In the world of Spirit Spout, new composition, jazz, ambient and electronic music are all present but remain resistant to categorization.
Spirit Spout is the brainchild of Simon Jermyn and David Crowell, while also welcoming Jim Black, Iarla O'Lionaird, Linda Buckley, Gideon Crevoshay and Joe Branciforte in contributing their incredible artistic talents to the project.