""claire rousay has been exploring the sensitivities of sound always in relation to "the self" and "the other", equally. Her work is always seen as a contribution, as engagement. Recording, collaging and composing become acts of considering, remembering, giving."
"Funds from sales of this release will go to Para Mi Gente (msha.ke/paramigente/#about), "a radical mutual aid organization serving the community of San Antonio, TX. We started in May 2020, and have since been working with our houseless community providing necessities and funds for community members. Para Mi Gente es una organización radical de ayuda mutua sirviendo a la comunidad de San Antonio, TX. Comenzamos en mayo de 2020, y desde entonces hemos estado trabajando con nuestra comunidad sin hogar proporcionando necesidades y fondos para los miembros de la comunidad.""
A Softer Focus
""On a softer focus, she captures a newfound intimacy, one that’s grounded and personal while still feeling otherworldly." - Rob Arcand, Pitchfork"
Live at Elastic Arts
Claire Rousay & Carol Genetti
""Percussionist Claire Rousay's first-time encounter with improviser Carol Genetti, performing on voice, tube and electronics, captured live at Chicago's Elastic Arts performance space, for a reserved yet highly engaging set that highlights Genetti's amplified and transformed utterances through Rousay's spare but perfectly complementary interjections." - Squidco"
claire rousay & more eaze / Wind Tide
"Though vastly different in perceived intent and eventual effect, “she’s literally fine” and “Room Tone Piece” share a unique relationship to sound built of equal parts control and empathy. As much as these sounds re-appropriate their own purposes and erase authorial identities, they in turn give voice to the simple honesty of their vibrations by savoring the inherent meaning of their own vanishing history—what they speak isn’t a matter of how or who, but what and why. –Audrey Lockie"
Catalytc Sound Festival 2021: Chicago
"Designed and screen printed in Chicago by Dan Grzeca"
T-Shirt - Catalytic Sound Festival 2021
"Designed by Federico Peñalva in commemoration of the 2021 Catalytic Sound Festival. Screen printed by Barrel Maker Press in Chicago."
I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
Jacob Wick / claire rousay
""A Jack Spicer quote - “Get those words out of your mouth and into your heart” - may be useful when consuming this provocatively bare duo performance, which compels the listener to abandon any presumptions about improvised music. Switching between squeamish spurts of controlled trumpet exhalations and an intentionally hackneyed melodic line that grows more compelling with every repetition, Wick’s playing is obstinate, confusing, and deeply welcoming. rousay surrounds the trumpet’s pure and metallic tones with deft sonic movement and anti-ideas, oddly-placed drum rolls and rhythmically elusive brushed patterns. Recorded at Marigny Studios in New Orleans by Rick Nelson, this is music that is egoless, non-narrative, and without identity, and yet it is in fact emphatic and deeply felt. The duo insists on framing improvisation on their own terms, not so much ignoring chops and improv tropes, but playing as if they simply don’t exist, a brash surfacing of new paths forward." - Notice Recordings"
Lisa Cameron & Claire Rousay
""Anyway, ever listen to jazz drum solos and not wonder where the rest of the ensemble is? Get used to it with these two – they’re like they’re own group, and they have no use for any melodic accompaniment. Plus, the drum solos sound like a full band." - Ryan, Cassette Gods"
Sound American No. 27: The Life Issue
"The Life Issue contributors include claire rousay, who writes about the many cuts accumulated while learning something new; pedal steel superhero Susan Alcorn recounts a battle with injury; composer Jack Langdon offers Sound American’s second fiction offering, a story of how the pandemic affects a fictional musician, presenter, and listener; composer Lea Bertucci interviews improvising vocalist Audrey Chen about identity, commitment to music, and motherhood; bass clarinetist Katie Porter lets us in on a quarantine’s worth of deep-questioning and the looping beauty of banality."