Our Savings is ZRL's upcoming third album.

Our Savings represents a ripened practice of timbral and textural exploration. Each track creates a complete world -- some narrative, some static -- inviting the listener into a fully fledged journey which nonetheless leaves everything to the imagination. Recorded as part of a Glasner Residency in Edgar Miller’s historic art studio in Chicago, ZRL draws on Miller’s eclectic and cavernous imagination as inspiration for much of the album.

The first three tracks are a suite recorded in succession. “Daylight Savings” is a sustain of rubbing rocks, overtones and stillness. “Remarkable Savings” follows with frenzied sopranino sounds over an off-centered polyrhythmic cello and percussion bop. A galactic hymn completes the suite with “Our Savings.”

“Hardly Slept” is wide awake,  and rhythmically grounded while “ATM” is relief in its dreamscape and charm. Sweet “Butterish” is butter-ish. Insistent and jarring, “Recent Ornithology” shows off the trio’s ability to resonate with each other in the most unexpected ways. Oscillating dyads and double stops finish the album with a passacaglia of sorts in “Telling the Difference Between Us.”

A journey in miniatures, like the stained-glass lined room where it was recorded, Our Savings changes with the light.

Zachary Good is an instrumentalist (clarinets and recorders) and performer from Pittsburgh, PA. Based in Chicago, he is a member of the sextet Eighth Blackbird, the performance ensemble Mocrep, and the clarinet/percussion/cello trio ZRL. Frequent collaborators include the International Contemporary Ensemble, Music of the Baroque Chicago, Manual Cinema, and Dal Niente. Zachary is a graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and DePaul University.

Ryan Packard is a percussionist, composer and sound artist currently based in Stockholm, SE and Chicago, IL. His sound installations have been featured at the MCA Chicago, Graham Foundation, Defibrillator, Hyde Park Arts Center, Galeria Labirynt, High Concept Labs, Constellation Chicago, and Experimental Sound Studio. His compositions have been performed by Fonema Consort, Ensemble Chartreuse, Seth Parker Woods, The Morton Feldman Chamber Players, and the AndPlay Duo. As an improviser and collaborator, Ryan performs with Nelly Agassi, Dave Rempis, Brandon Lopez, Jasper Stadhouders, Nate Wooley, Oscar Jan Hoogland, ZRL (Zach Good and Lia Kohl), John McCowen, Nestle (Cyrus Pireh and Rob Lundberg), ombra di organo (Keefe Jackson and Manuel Troller), Kieran Daly, Jason Roebke, RGB (Paul Giallorenzo and Charlie Kirchen), Daniel Wyche amongst many others. He’s a member of the new music ensemble, Fonema Consort and has performed with Ensemble Dal Niente, Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society, MOCREP, a.pe.ri.od.ic ensemble, Chicago Composer’s Orchestra, NYC experimental rock group Skeleton$, Slow Mass, V.V. Lightbody, Michael Albert Music Group, Nate Kinsella’s Birthmark and Architek Percussion Quartet as a founding member. Ryan has a masters of music from McGill University and bachelor of music from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

Lia Kohl is a cellist and multidisciplinary artist based in Chicago. She creates and performs embodied music and multimedia performance that incorporates sound, video, movement, theatre, and sculptural objects. She has presented work and performed at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Walker Art Center, Chicago Symphony Center, and Eckhart Park Pool, as well as held residencies at Mana Contemporary Chicago, High Concept, dfbrl8r Performance Art Gallery, Mills College and Stanford University. She is a curator and ensemble member with poly-disciplinary performance ensemble Mocrep. As an improviser and collaborator, she has participated in cultural exchanges in Mexico (Harmonipan), France (The Bridge) and New Orleans (The Instigation Festival). Frequent collaborators include ZRL (Ryan Packard and Zachary Good), Katinka Kleijn, Macie Stewart, Jasmine Mendoza, Corey Smith, Whitney Johnson (Matchess) and Iris Bernbum. She plays with Makaya McCraven, Whitney, OHMME, and Circuit des Yeux. She tours regularly with puppet theatre company Manual Cinema.

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