Pal​-​o Altos at the Air Conditioned Room

by Shawn E Hansen & Chris Heenan

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Richard Teitelbaum called me at my Bed-Stuy cottage during the first winter in Brooklyn. He asked me if I wanted to have another alto sax player in the program up at Bard the next summer. Would it be ok?
I thought it would be a great idea. He's an improviser.

Chris Heenan became a close friend and our collaborations as a duo both on reeds and synths have become some of my favorite musical experiences over the last thirteen years. The playing lives close to the core of my musical knowledge and instincts. Something, had technique allowed, that I would have played as a child as I imagined sound and music to be. It's happy and true in spirit.

Chris Heenan and I were also to join Chris Forsyth and Jaime Fennelly, of peeesseye, to form the quartet, Phantom Limb & Bison the corner stone of my musical New York years.

This recording is our first, and one of many that I will be releasing here on Bandcamp. I had abandoned the alto saxophone, for the most part, for a few years but Chris and I began to play alto duets on a regular basis in upstate New York. This recording is unaltered in its order and no effects are added. The music is entirely improvised late at night in the Air Conditioned Room.


released July 17, 2003

Chris Heenan Selmer Mark VI alto saxophone
Shawn E Hansen Selmer Mark VII alto saxophone



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Shawn Edward Hansen Kansas City, Missouri

1984 marks the beginning of Shawn's experiments with the imaginary world and the borders to others when he first broadcast the radio station, KJEA in Kansas City.

He is a product of the BARD school of sound, having studied with Maryanne Amacher, Richard Teitelbaum, and George Lewis among others. Since, he has created music and thought structures along the fringe of the conventional arts.
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