Tristan Welch & Ron Oshima - God Bless America

by Tristan Welch

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Ron Oshima is a working-class musician that plays soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones and flute. He has been playing around the DC metro area for over 20 years with various groups of many varieties as well as working as an award-winning sound designer. Tristan Welch is an experimental guitar player that creates heavy ambient movements via heavy minimalism.

    Together, Tristan Welch and Ron Oshima have created three new pieces collectively titled “God Bless America”. These pieces create an ambient atmosphere with a mixture of free jazz. Each piece has a strong focus in their own respective keys – G, B and A. God Bless America was recorded live at The Brink outside of The Nations Capital on Election Day (US) 11/8/16. The concept behind God Bless America is actually pretty simple - we are not nationalist and we could all use a little help

    " I have never heard any kind of music like this before. It’s always an exciting feeling of discovery, to open your ears and mind to a new sound. People sometimes can become jaded, feeling that with all the songs already written, it’s not worth going out of one’s comfort zone. Tristan Welch & Ron Oshima have developed a sound that’s hard to stop listening to. It’s bold, creative and at times mesmerizing. Ron Oshima plays jazz inspired Saxophone over the dark and menacing guitar by Tristan Welch. The languid soundscapes provided by Tristan add more than just a background. He is holding the rhythm, building the foundation of everything boundlessly."

    "Welch’s work acts as a stark, dystopian foundation to Oshima’s film noir delivery, painting a picture of America as the damsel in distress, or perhaps the femme fatale. It’s hard to know these days just what’s going in America’s head; we just know she’s in trouble. (Alibi Pierce)"

    "Atmospheric, ambient drone of the guitar, circulating through the background like a impending significant event that could possibly change your life for the better or for the worse but before that occurs it gently strokes your brow and puts you at ease in an uneasy way, (Wayne Rex)"

    "God Bless America, is a weirdly evocative thing to say at the beginning of 2017 — for now at least, it almost automatically captures our deer-in-headlights moment in American politics. Even the album artwork tends to contribute, a photograph showing Welch and Oshima posed in front of Matthew Riegner’s American Flag painting. The collection is heavy and portentous, appropriately enough for anyone from DC. Throughout the election they’ve watched a cloud of cloying, orange-colored braggadocio gather around the thick clock tower of his leased and renovated Pennsylvania Avenue Post Office. Particularly in that shadow, Oshima’s soulful horns and Welch’s atmospheres conjure a strong noir flavor. (Dwight Pavlovic)"

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released January 13, 2017

Tristan Welch - Guitar
Ron Oshima - Saxophone

Recorded / Mixed by Mike Reina @ The Brink
Mastered by Mark Beazley
Cover Photo by Steven Martin
American Flag Painting by Matthew Riegner
Album Art & Layout by Beau Finley



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Tristan Welch Washington, D.C.

Tristan Welch is an experimental musician / artist from northern Virginia that creates sonic soundscapes with his guitar which incorporates loops that are drenched in reverb, delay, and distortion. He likes to call his compositions; heavy ambient movements.

In late 2016 Tristan Welch & Ron Oshima started a collaboration which combines ambient guitar with free jazz influenced saxophone playing.
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