1. the forward part of a ship below the deck, traditionally used as the crew's living quarters.
Origin: representing a sailor's pronunciation of 'forecastle'
2. a music label dedicated to propagating fresh sounds in avant-garde music from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond
In 2018 I launched fo’c’sle, a record label dedicated to releasing experimental music spanning composition, improvisation, alternative tuning, song forms, and new instruments. The name comes from the roughly seven years I spent working on and off aboard tall ships on the west and east coast of the US, starting on the schooner Californian. I create the artwork and design for each album drawing upon traditional Turkish, Italian and Japanese paper marbling techniques.