“This avant-garde trio use piano, samples, and carefully skewered tapes to conjure an evocative sense of place. They drift to exquisite effect.” — Pitchfork

Sontag Shogun is a collaborative trio that makes use of analog sound treatments and nostalgic solo piano compositions in harmony to depict abstract places in our memory. Textures built from organic materials such as sand, slate, boiling water, brush and dried leaves, both produced live in performance and recorded to weathered 1/4" tape warm up the space between lush piano themes. All of which is abstracted coolly in the reflective digital space of treated vocals and a live-processed feed from the piano. Bringing us back, like a faded passing scent or any natural emotive trigger, but to where? The wordless journey there will inevitably be more revealing than the destination itself.

Sontag Shogun has improvised with artists as diverse as Matana Roberts, Shinya Sugimoto, Tom Carter and Aki Onda as well as poets, choreographers, filmmakers, a collective of Japanese contemporary video artists and scentscape installation artists. They have shared the stage with notable artists such as Hauschka, Julia Kent, Minamo, Todd Reynolds, R. Luke DuBois, Chris Tignor, Alexander Turnquist, Akron/Family, William Parker & Hamid Drake, Chris Forsyth, Ben Vida & Koen Holtkamp, Sam Shalabi, Noveller, Christof Migone, Anoice, thisquietarmy, 10 and Yan Jun, as well as many others.

Sontag Shogun is:

  • Ian Temple: piano

  • Jeremy Young: tapes, oscillators, piezo mics

  • Jesse Perlstein: vox, field recordings



Jesse curates/tours with a series called BRAIDED SOUND and he has his own solo work.

Jeremy creates music solo and collaboratively.

Ian can be heard here as well as the award-winning short film, Rosa.

And all three were once in a band called [the] Slowest Runner [in all the world].