On June 20, 2018, the American composer and cellist (and dear friend)
Lori Goldston recorded with T.U. under the engineering eye of Zachary James Watkins at Santo Recording Studio in Oakland, California, U.S.A.
The resulting album, "Oakland moments: cello, voice, reuniting (rejoicing)", was released on Feb. 5, 2021 by Obscure and Terrible.
From the press release:
"While "Oakland moments" is the first duo recording from Torben Ulrich and Lori Goldston, the artists have been close friends since 2005, when they began playing together with Jaison Scott and Angelina Baldoz in the group Instead Of. Torben’s texts/poems emerge from his rice-paper paintings, exploring elements of athleticism, philosophy and mysticism. Torben's readings and Lori’s music are interplayed and improvised. The beauty of "Oakland Moments" comes from their own artistic specialization, the intimacy of the performance and a tangible energy exchange.
"Recording engineer Zachary Watkins describes this kineticism when reflecting on the session. "Everyone's energy was palpable, especially the two artists I was about to document. As I ran around the studio making sure the session would be a success, Torben gently asked that I stop, sit, chill and acquaint ourselves. I immediately knew that I was dealing with an immense man. He shared stories of his youth as a tennis player in Denmark, and his championship of Black Music and the arts in general. I proceeded to place microphones facing the artists' instruments (voice, cello) and record two hours of powerful sound and poetry. Torben sings his spoken voice. I was immersed in a collaboration so sensitive, fragile and yet absolutely grounded in love and respect." "