In the Summer of 2007, I invited saxophonist/composer Andrea Steves to do something dangerous with me. Bravely, she accepted. So we packed our car full of instruments and drove to an old one-room schoolhouse nestled in a remote corner of South Dakota’s Black Hills to spend a week recording music. We had never even talked about making music together before. The noises we couldn’t make with what we brought were provided to us – by the curiosities buried in local secondhand shops and the howls echoing across the valley at night. And thus began a tradition, of thrusting two people together into a confined space in a remote location for one week and forcing them to record an album together using what little instruments they can bring from home or improvise from their surroundings. An intensive, immersive, experimental music retreat.