Bill Noertker/Karen Stackpole
Talking Frog

Improvisations by
Karen Stackpole gongs
Bill Noertker contrabass

Karen Stackpole plays Paiste metals

recorded live to 2-track by Derek Heming
at the SIMM Series in San Francisco, CA

Mastered by Myles Boisen
at The Headless Buddha Mastering Lab

released 03 May 2022

1. jug o' rum for amphibeings
2. language of the lilypads
3. skin that breathes
4. leapfroggin'

Gongmaster Karen Stackpole and contrabassist Bill Noertker have been exploring inner and outer space through improvised musical dialogue for over a decade. Their new album, Talking Frog, conjures the world of the cosmic amphibian as they coax a soundscape of trills, chirps, screams, barks, grunts, clucks, croaks, bellows, and hoots from their respective instruments.

Karen Stackpole is a Paiste endorsed gong artist. She has been involved in the Bay Area music scene for over three decades as a drummer and percussionist with a keen penchant for metals. In her explorations of metals, she has cultivated some distinctive techniques for drawing harmonics out of her assemblage of gongs with various implements: rubber mallets, felt and yarn mallets, ball chains, bass and cello bows, kitchen utensils, and other small objects.

Bill Noertker is a composing and improving bassist who has been active in the Bay Area jazz and avant-garde scene since the late 1980s. He is best known for leading his own ensemble, Noertker's Moxie, as a forum for his compositions inspired by visual art.