Volcanic Pinnacles is a Portland duo that creates dense clouds of ambient, melodic, and grooving sound. Drawing inspiration from the likes of spiritual jazz as well as avant-garde and post rock pioneers, the duo bridges the gap between free jazz, post rock, psychedelic rock, and world rhythms. Saxophone player Tony Mowe utilizes electronics to push his instrument into innovative territory, creating a deep droning wave of melody, while drummer Mark Musselman sculpts the sound into shifting polyrhythmic layers.
Since forming in the fall of 2012 the group has successfully recorded its first EP and played many high profile shows around Portland, including the CD Baby Presents: We Are Indie Showcase, the Creative Music Guild's Outset Series, and St Johns NoFest.
The duo completed its first tour in spring of 2015, performing at cities and towns throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, and California.
Volcanic Pinnacles released their second EP, Incandescent, on October 15th 2016.