“this solo album finds her opening herself up to unalloyed vulnerability with striking results … the music, with its warm purr, seems to spiral delicately upward to a safer space. If there is such a thing as ‘trom-drone’ music, Vandever has just created it.” - NPR
"who needs genres when you’ve got expression as pure as the sounds on Vandever’s upcoming improvisational album We Fell In Turn?" - Stereogum
“Let melody and meditation be your muse for the next four minutes.” KCRW
"It feels like the soundtrack to a beautiful goodbye, the kind of sadness you’re grateful to have experienced.” - Foxy Digitalis .
Recorded over three days in upstate New York, ‘We Fell In Turn’ is improvisational — a stark palate of solo trombone, voice, effects, and little more. “My solo process has always been heavily rooted in improvisation,” says Vandever. “I wanted the process to feel similar to the way I perform.”
Connecting the dots between Jeff Parker’s Forfolks, and early releases from Liz Harris’ Grouper project, We Fell In Turn is a study of space and patience, embracing vulnerability in its sparse adornment. At times, reminiscent of Patrick Shiroishi’s Hidemi, both in its familial inspiration and solo instrument study, the collected compositions share the ineffable feel of William Basinski’s The Disintegration Loops. Emotionally generous throughout, We Fell in Turn, is a brave and understated work from an ascending voice in American jazz.
All songs and improvisations by Kalia Vandever
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Lee Meadvin
Recorded in March 2022 at Koda Sound in Cortlandt, NY.
Artwork & layout by Francie Chang
Photo by Bao Ngo
Kalia Vandever is an American trombonist and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. Her approach to the trombone is distinctive and defined by her sonorous tone and lyrical improvisational voice, allowing patience and melody to guide her process.
Vandever received her Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies at the Juilliard School. She has toured and performed internationally with her quartet, performing at the Winter Jazz Festival and BRIC Jazz Festival. She has performed with Joel Ross, Immanuel Wilkins, and Fay Victor, as well as popular artists Harry Styles, Lizzo, Japanese Breakfast, Moses Sumney, Jennifer Hudson, and Demi Lovato. She has appeared on Saturday Night Live, as well as Samantha Bee's Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
Vandever is an awardee of the 2022 Next Jazz Legacy, a program founded by New Music USA and the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice.