Pulling from Alice Coltrane's ecstatic energy + Lamonte Young's drone strategies, SUBCHAMBER ENSMBLE presents its debut album, released August 30th via OONA Recordings.



The SUBCHAMBER ENSMBLE is a collection of freelance musicians operating outside of the traditional orchestral context, founded by Malmö and NYC based film composer Nathan Larson and Malmö based cellist / composer Gerda Holmquist.

Their debut album is an entirely improvised performance, recorded at Gula Studion in Malmö, Sweden over a period of three hours on Monday November 5th, 2018. In the spirit of Brian Eno’s Oblique Strategies, small directives were given (Play in Dwhen you get uncomfortable, do not stop playingavoid melodic resolution…etc). These instructions were interpreted by the players in whatever way they saw fit. The resulting recording was then mixed and edited with an eye towards early dub’s blatant and playful use of reverb and tape delays.

There is no goal or expected outcome, but one side-effect is the creation of a context that might allow classically trained musicians to work beyond set sheet music, to become more comfortable creating spontaneous sound. The SUBCHAMBER ENSMBLE could be read as a loving response to the conservatory/ academic approach that so often limits a classical musician’s relationship to her instrument. SUBCHAMBER ENSMBLE aims to create music spontaneously, relying on the musicians’ ability to create unique sound based on impulse, rather than structured form.

The Ensmble has a rotating roster of players, but this recording features regular players Tove Wadenius (violin), Susette Johansson (guitar), Samuel Lundström (violin/viola), Olivia Rydqvist (bassoon), Lydia Holmlund (harp), Viktor Auregård (double bass), Gerda Holmquist (cello), Jonas Losciale (clarinet/bass clarinet), and Nathan Larson (tank drums).

On Friday August 30th, newly formed audio-visual label and composer collective OONA Recordings is happy to present this beautiful record, one which illustrates and embraces the very spirit and intention of the label.


We are OONA. A freshly launched, Stockholm based, Swedish born audiovisual label. A union of independent artists, OONA was envisioned and initiated by composers Matti ByeJon EkstrandRebekka KarijordNathan Larson, and Lisa Holmqvist, visual artist Martina Hoogland-Ivanow, designers and art directors Sandberg&Timonen, designer / music enthusiasts John Henrikssonand manager / producer / musician Jacob Snavely.

As a multidisciplinary undertaking, OONA is an inviting and inclusive space. Not your conventional record label. Jacob explains it best. “What we are building with OONA is an independent, humanistic, artist-driven label with non linear thinking; a home for composers and artists creating instrumental, experimental, and non-genre based music.” 

OONA 002  Mambo Noir Trio — Mambo Noir Trio LP/DL ‣ September 13th
OONA 004 ‣ Lisa Holmqvist — Fossiler LP/DL ‣ November 22nd

OONA 001  Here, When DL /

Jody Fish