Jeff Kowalkowsi

Animal Energy

The Hidden Chronicles
December 19, 2021

Uvulittle Records

If you are a Maestro Subgum and the Whole fan and/or fond of the musical programming in the mid 90s at the Lunar Cabaret in Chicago , this new release is a treat…

A Three Disc Set!

ANIMAL ENERGY: the *(until now) unreleased recordings of Beau O’Reilly and Miki Greenberg’s Hidden Chronicles.

In 1996,Beau and Miki recorded a couple of dozen songs after Maestro Subgum ended its run …Only half of those tracks were... [more]


Beau O'Reilly
March 20, 2021

Uvulittle Records

Beau says about the album:

“I needed some intrigue. I challenged myself to make something new during the weird year that was 2020. I enjoy writing songs with different people, and felt interested in what would happen if I had to keep the instrumentation spare. I sent lyrics out to friends, they sent back demos, and most of it was recorded with no rehearsal. I accepted the keys and tempos my collaborators offered, though I enjoyed figuring in little musical touches and... [more]

Missa Canibus (mass of the dogs)

Jack The Dog
February 21, 2010

Uvulittle Records

"Much of it features spaced out operations of vibraphone, piano, and organ. There is also a series of short recitations and the use of what sounds like taped material. A remarkable track such as "Responsorial," a duet for vibraphone and acoustic piano, creates a really wonderful mood." - All Music Guide

Avant liturgical music for the metadenominational church of the mind. Evokes Tom Waits and Harry Partch, and could very well serve to unite pagans and the orthodox.

Missa... [more]

ah. it's like you're talking and you just can't

Jack The Dog
February 21, 2010

Eighth Day Music

Contains three major compositions:
-- Excuses (15:11)
-- Eric's Flip (30:18)
-- Spacesuit Annie (20:32)

These are long and dense testaments, in a concept album spirit.

"The twosome composes collaboratively, often using performance art tactics, sometimes incorporating taped audio-verite soundscapes, additional tracks of music, or brash sound collages, and performing brisk unison lines that hark back as much to Frank Zappa's "serious" music as to the heyday of... [more]

Scan 12

Jack The Dog
February 21, 2010

Fishbothw Records

SCAN TWELVE is the second release by Jack the Dog. Twelve short studio sculptures from a collection of piano and vibraphone duets in which both players also speak/sing, recorded in Chicago between Januray and April 1998.
The overall idea here is to replicate the effect of the SCAN function on typical CD players or radios. In this case the only material is JACK compositions.

"Intentionally or not, this music brings to us evocations of Schwitters "Poem 25", Robert Ashleys rarified... [more]

Jack The Dog

February 21, 2010

Jack the Dog is an experimental music duo founded in 1994 in Chicago, Illinois by Carrie Biolo (percussion/composer) and Jeffrey Kowalkowski (piano/composer). Biolo and Kowalkowski have been creating music together for over 2 decades. The two met in college at DePaul University when Kowalkowski needed a percussionist for a premiere at the Green Mill. Becoming instant contemporaries, Kowalkowski started composing numerous percussion works specifically for Biolo to perform. Over time,... [more]

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