The Alan Lechusza / Christopher Adler Duo: Mineralia (PFMCD032)

Jeff Kaiser

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The Alan Lechusza / Christopher Adler Duo

ALAN LECHUSZA: e-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, soprano and baritone saxophones, ryuteki

CHRISTOPHER ADLER: Piano

1. schist
2. skarn
3. sphene
4. schorl
5. orogeny
6. Orovician
7. karst
8. gneiss
9. flysch
10. xenolith

Alan Lechusza and Christopher Adler first met and established an improvising duo early in 2000, very soon after which they recorded their debut album Pleistocene. Committed to free improvisation that fully explores the musical experiences of both artists, the duo quickly established a musical presence in San Diego. The duo has formed the nucleus of many musical projects over the past half-decade, including the Christopher Adler Trio, Metal with Reeds…Reeds of Metal, Alan Lechusza’s Side A/Side B, The Yellow Chair Ensemble, and Iguana. Performing throughout Southern California, the duo has collaborated with performers including Gustavo Aguilar, Nina Eidsheim, Christopher Garcia, Nathan Hubbard and Scott Walton. For Lechusza and Adler (both active internationally as composers, repertoire performers and scholars) the duo has been an invaluable inspiration. Their collaboration has given rise to works such as Adler’s I Want to Believe and Song for a Form Carved by Water, and Lechusza’s The Underwear Conspiracy and As the Rain Comes.

Recorded January 23, 2003 by Josef Kucera and Nathan Brock
at UCSD Music Center Studios, University of California, San Diego, California
Mastered by Wayne Peet at Newzone Studio, Los Angeles
Musician photos by Lance Nelson
Landscape photos and design by Christopher Adler
©2006 Alan Lechusza and Christopher Adler (ASCAP)

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PFMCD032

Anna Homler / Steuart Liebig: Kelpland Serenades (PFMCD029)

Jeff Kaiser

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Anna HOMLER/Steuart LIEBIG DUO

Anna HOMLER: voice, toys, found objects
Steuart LIEBIG: Eb contrabassguitars, preparations, electronics, live looping

1. winter street – – 6:52
2. limbic – – 2:20
3. blasted landscape – – 3:26
4. sputtery – – 3:53
5. sidpaho – – 2:11
6. fantasma – – 3:54
7. time of great cold – – 4:59
8. case in point – – 5:30
9. secret heat – – 10:54
10. house of mars – – 1:54
11. mothlike – – 3:15
12. sehnsucht – – 9:25
13. radix vitae – – 5:35

recorded at newzone studios, 15 sept 2001, by wayne peet; mixed at newzone studios,
by wayne peet and steuart liebig, mar vista, california, 2002; mastered by wayne peet 2005

thanks to leslie rosdol, anya liebig and aron liebig; joseph homler, andrew ramer and li bette porter; wayne peet and jeff kaiser.
steuart liebig plays fodera basses, uses a raven labs pmb-1 and uses fodera roundwound strings.
all music (c) 2005 pharmacia poetica/bug music/bmi + sisong music/ascap
photos/montages and layout by steuart liebig; ooga booga by anna homler

all tracks are live, undubbed improvisations.

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PFMCD029

Wayne Peet Quartet: Live at Al’s Bar (PFMCD027)

Jeff Kaiser

[playlist ids="416"]
Wayne Peet: Organ, Organ Bass
Russell Bizzett: Drums
Nels Cline: Guitar – Left
G.E. Stinson: Guitar, Mangled Recordings – Right

1. Five Swirls (15:21)

a. Swirl [starts at] 0:00
b. Big Lumps 5:19
c. Soft Foot 6:57
d. Another Room 12:00
e. Points 13:15

2. Five Doors (16:35)

a. Creepsville 0:00
b. Mellow 3:12
c. Surges 7:18
d. Driving Time 10:51
e. Cross Stick Coda 14:19

3. Inner Funkdom (11:29)
total playing time (43:32)

Five Swirls and Five Doors by Peet, Cline, Stinson, Bizzett • Inner Funkdom by Wayne Peet
® and © 1999 Killzone Music, BMI • Drawings by Ellington Peet • Design/Layout by Jeff Kaiser
Recorded live at Al’s Bar, Los Angeles, 4.27.99 • Jim Watson and Wayne Peet – Engineers
Mixed and mastered at Newzone Studio by Wayne Peet, Los Angeles, May 2003

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PFMCD027

Steuart Liebig / MINIM: Quicksilver (PFMCD023)

Jeff Kaiser

[playlist ids="405,407"]
Steuart Liebig / MINIM

Quicksilver

Ellen Burr: Flute, Piccolo and Alto Flute

Jeff Gauthier: Electric 4 and 5-String Violins

Jeanette Kangas: Drumset, Percussion and Vibraphone

Steuart Liebig: C, Eb and Prepared Contrabass guitars

1-23: Mosaic – (51:38)
24: Chrysanthemum – (15:37)
25: A Single Rosehip Bursts in Praise – (12:21

Copyright 2004 Steuart Liebig/Sisong Music (ASCAP)

Recorded April 2002, by Wayne Peet
Mixed June and October 2003, and March and July 2004
by Wayne Peet and Steuart Liebig; all at Newzone Studios, Mar Vista, California

Jeff Gauthier plays 4- and 5-string electric violins made by Rich Barbera, and a bow made by some dead French guy.

Jeanette Kangas (formerly known as Jeanette Wrate) plays
Paiste cymbals exclusively.

Steuart Liebig plays Fodera Basses, uses the Raven Labs PMB-1,
and uses Thomastik-Infeld Jazz Flats strings (C basses) and Fodera roundwound strings (Eb and C basses).

Live Band and dancer (Belinda Cheng and John Dowell) photos by Anthony Cheng. Band rehearsal photos by Belinda Cheng.

Cover photos/montages by Steuart Liebig.
Thanks to David Poelman for digital assistance
Layout by Steuart Liebig and Jeff Kaiser.

Thanks Leslie, Anya and Aron.

“Mosaic” is a piece made up of 23 miniatures based on haiku. “Chrysanthemum” is a single movement of 14 parts. “A Single Rosehip Bursts in Praise” was written for a collaboration with choreographer Belinda Cheng for the Auricle Dance Company and premiered on 17 November 2002.

NOTES:

Mosaic: 23 Miniatures After Haiku

The idea for a piece comprised of a group of 23 miniatures for small improvising ensemble has been one that I had kept in the back of my mind and in small sketchbooks for some four years. I envisioned an ensemble in which I would be able to utilize some of the “prepared bass” and less “bass-like” techniques that I had been using for a number of years. Additionally, I wanted to write for some less-usual (for me) techniques for both tuned and untuned percussion and a standard melody instrument. Finally, after many years of languishing as only sketches, these miniatures were written in a fairly short time.

There were a few catalysts for this seemingly sudden turnaround. One was that I had just finished a long-term writing and recording project that consisted of four long-form pieces (now released as Pomegranate, on Cryptogramaphone Records) and, still feeling the creative ferment from that experience, needed the opportunity to do much shorter pieces that were formally less involved (though, as whole group, the overall structure does have some formal complexities and is pretty long!). The second was the decision to move from a trio setting to a quartet setting, thereby opening up more orchestrational possibilities. Third, I decided to base the pieces on haiku; rather than choosing specific poems, however, I chose to base the pieces on some of the syllabic rules of haiku—while hopefully achieving some of the brevity, feeling and wonder that one experiences from reading this sort of poem.

As such, these 23 pieces are all based on the number 17—a piece may have 17 measures, thematic material made up of 17 notes, etc. The overall piece is structured to have a solo piece (four) for each member of the quartet; a duet and trio for the different possible groupings in the quartet (six and four, respectively); and nine pieces for the full quartet. I tried to have contrasting sections and parts that referred back to other parts of the overall piece and to evoke differing moods and emotions throughout.

A Single Rosehip Bursts in Praise

This piece was written as part of a collaboration with choreographer/dancer Belinda Cheng. The title comes from a passage in the novel, Art & Lies, by Jeanette Winterson. The piece itself is broken into two major sections. The first is a sort of unfolding that the phrase suggested to me. The second is a more pictorial setting of the action in the book: three people (the characters Handel, Sappho and Picasso) on a subway, each with his/her own thoughts.

Chrysanthemum

This piece is based on the structure of a sonnet: 14 lines of 10 syllables each. In this case, I have “cells” of 10 notes (stated at the beginning and end as two 5-notes chords) that I have treated in a more or less serial fashion in 14 discrete sections. That is, each written section of the piece uses only those 10 original notes, though they are reordered or split between the various players. Again, I have split the quartet that performs the piece into some of its component parts: each player gets a solo and there are four trios, the remaining six sections are for the full quartet. Again, I attempted to have contrasting sections. Whereas Mosaic is played in 23 sections with breaks, this piece is performed as one continuous whole.

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PFMCD023

Emily Hay: Like Minds (PFMCD022)

Jeff Kaiser

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This recording represents various musical projects in which I have participated over the past few years. All tracks are improvisations with no overdubs or second takes, with the exception of “A Year and Two Weeks” where a vocal track was added. “Call To Unarm” and “Like Minds” are from live concert performances, and “A Year and Two Weeks,” “Swamp Moss,” “Waiting For Sara” and “Crooked Hopscotch” were recorded direct to two track tape, with no multi-track mixing. Special thanks to all of the musicians who performed on these recordings, to Lee Scott, Randy Fuelle and Wayne Peet for their engineering expertise, to Annette Buhl for her photography and to Jeff Kaiser for his artwork design and support in releasing this disc.

-Emily Hay, 1.1.05
www.emilyhay.com

Emily Hay • Like Minds

1. CALL TO UNARM 8:56
Emily Hay – Flute, Alto Flute, Voice • Ronit Kirchman – Violin, Voice • Brad Dutz – Percussion • Joe Berardi – Percussion
2. LITURGY OF SOUND 5:40
Emily Hay – Flute, Voice • Lisle Ellis – Electronics, Bass • Marcos Fernandes – Percussion, Field Recordings
3. A YEAR AND TWO WEEKS 4:01
Emily Hay – Voice • Michael Whitmore – Guitar • Brad Dutz – Synthesizer
4. BOILED CADILLAC 4:35
Emily Hay – Flute • Wayne Peet – Piano • Brad Dutz – Percussion
5. CROOKED HOPSCOTCH 8:18
Emily Hay – Flute, Voice • Sara Schoenbeck – Bassoon • Michael Intriere – Cello • Brad Dutz – Percussion
6. WE ARE 6:16
Emily Hay – Flute, Voice • Marcos Fernandes – Percussion
7. LIKE MINDS 7:09
Emily Hay – Piccolo, Voice • Ronit Kirchman – Violin, Voice • Kurt Heyl – Trombone, Voice
8. WHA’ ‘BOUT 9:32
Emily Hay – Flute, Alto Flute, Voice • Steuart Leibig – Bass • Rich West – Drums, Background Recordings
9. SPAR 2:31
Emily Hay – Flute, Voice • Lisle Ellis – Electronics, Bass • Marcos Fernandes – Percussion, Field Recordings
10. WAITING FOR SARA 3:06
Emily Hay – Voices • Michael Intriere – Cellos • Brad Dutz – Percussion
11. HIBIKI 5:36
Emily Hay – Flute • Marcos Fernandes – Percussion
12. SWAMP MOSS 2:30
Emily Hay – Voice • Michael Whitmore – Guitar • Brad Dutz – Melodica

1. Recorded by Jeff Kaiser at Ventura City Hall, Ventura, CA 2004 Mastered by Lee Scott, Glendale, CA 2004
2. Recorded by Randy Fuelle, Hit Single Studios, San Diego, CA 2004 Mixed and mastered by Mark Wheaton, Catasonic Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2004
3. Recorded by Brad Dutz in North Hollywood, CA circa 1994
4. Overdub recorded/mixed by Wayne Peet, Newzone Studios, Los Angeles, CA 1997 Mastered by Lee Scott, Glendale, CA 2004
4. Recorded and mixed by Wayne Peet, Newzone Studios, Los Angeles, CA 1997 Mastered by Lee Scott, Glendale, CA 2004
5. Recorded by Brad Dutz, Tujunga, CA circa 2000 Mastered by Lee Scott, Glendale, CA 2004
6. Recorded by Randy Fuelle, Hit Single Studios, San Diego, CA 2004 Mixed and mastered by Lee Scott, Glendale, CA 2004
7. Recorded by Ronit Kirchman/Jeremy Drake, Asto Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2003 Mastered by Lee Scott, Glendale, CA 2004
8. Recorded and mixed by Wayne Peet, Newzone Studios, Los Angeles, CA 1997 Mastered by Lee Scott, Glendale, CA 2004
9. Recorded by Randy Fuelle, Hit Single Studios, San Diego, CA 2004 Mixed and mastered by Mark Wheaton, Catasonic Studios, Los Angeles, CA
10. Recorded by Brad Dutz, Tujunga, CA circa 2000 Mastered by Lee Scott, Glendale, CA 2004
11. Recorded by Randy Fuelle, Hit Single Studios, San Diego, CA 2003 Mixed and mastered by Lee Scott, Glendale, CA 2004
12. Recorded by Brad Dutz, North Hollywood, CA 1994 Mastered by Lee Scott, Glendale, CA 2004

Photography: Annette Buhl • Art Design and Layout: Jeff Kaiser
(p) Emily C. Hay 2005, (c) Emily Hay Music, publishing administered by Emily Hay Music (BMI). All rights reserved. For more information: pfMENTUM • PO Box 1653 • Ventura • CA • 93002 • www.pfmentum.com

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PFMCD022

Brad Dutz / Susan Rawcliffe / Scott Wilkinson: 2 Many Axes (PFMCD020)

Jeff Kaiser

[playlist ids="397"]
2 Many Axes
Brad Dutz: percussion
Susan Rawcliffe: flutes
Scott Wilkinson:

1. March of the Whales 4:13
2. Circuspace 5:46
3. Pillbug’s Nightmare 1:24
4. Drama Dairy 4:05
5. Entropy 9:38
6. Roll Over Johann 2:00
7. Mastodon Stew 2:33
8. Unheard Melodies 5:07
9. Buried There 5:16
10. Dali Comma 4:43
11. Puddle 1:20
12. Popping Beetles 4:53
13. Anti Carlos 3:50
Total Time: 55:27

Open yourself to the
music of Many Axes:
neo-primitive rhythms,
tones, and textures
forming spontaneous
sonic structures
unlike anything
you’ve heard before.

C & P 2003, MANY AXES
All Rights Reserved

The primary focus of Many Axes is exploring the potential of unusual instruments. Our sonic structures emerge from spontaneous, improvised musical communication among the members of the group, almost like a conversation. But unlike a verbal conversation, all the participants can “speak” simultaneously, weaving a surprisingly coherent musical web. The diversity of our instrumentation allows us to explore a wide range of soundscapes and moods with only three performers.

Most of the wind instruments we play were designed and fashioned from clay by Susan Rawcliffe, who has made a lifelong study of ceramics and musical traditions from around the world. This love of world music is shared by Scott Wilkinson, who also plays an extensive variety of winds, and Brad Dutz, who has collected myriad percussion instruments from many different cultures. We combine these influences to create a unique blend of sounds that evokes . . . well, only you can say what it evokes in you. Whatever that happens to be, we hope you enjoy it.

Mixing: Scott Wilkinson, Brad Dutz
Mastering: Jeff Rona
CD Package Design: Kira Vollman
Photography: Gene Ogami, Susan Rawcliffe, Scott Wilkinson
Produced by Many Axes

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PFMCD020

Steuart Liebig / The Mentones: Locustland (PFMCD017)

Jeff Kaiser

[playlist ids="389"]
Steuart Liebig/The Mentones
LOCUSTLAND

The Mentones
Tony Atherton: alto saxophone
Joseph Berardi: drumset, percussion
Bill Barrett: chromatic harmonica
Steuart Liebig: contrabassguitar

broom – – 3:27
graveyard – – 4:41
mojave boxcar – – 4:46
drifter – – 7:47
honky tonk burn – – 6:48
westpoint, mississipi – – 8:19
small fry – – 0:45
burnt umber – – 2:50
nighthawk – – 5:43
howl & tumble – – 4:01
gasoline jelly – – 6:33
lightning bug – – 3:47
nowhere calling – – 5:57

©2004, steuart liebig/sisong music (ascap)
recorded at newzone studios, by wayne peet;
mixed at newzone studios, by wayne peet and steuart liebig
mar vista, california, 2000

photos/montages by steuart liebig
layout by steuart liebig and jeff kaiser
gear thanks to fodera basses, thomastik-infeld strings and raven labs

“First let’s talk about Steuart Liebig, the multi-faceted miscreant who squeezed the hybrid beast known as the Mentones out of his juicy mind. Steuart is well known in L.A. as one of the most significant improvising electric bass torturers and electronic manipulators in recent memory and, I’m grateful to say, a major contributor to most of the music I’ve done in the last decade and a half. The metaphor of a diamond with its many facets comes to mind, but that doesn’t quite get it. Imagine the diamond periodically reverting to its primal molten state and shooting out semi-controlled bursts of radioactive plasma melting everything in its reach. I could say that for Steuart the Mentones is an anomaly, but in a way every project he constructs is an anomaly. I will say this—there is nothing like the Mentones on this earth that I’ve ever heard of and even though you may recognize some of its disparate original elements, you will be whacked by how cohesively they come together in Liebig’s compositions. An adult dose of Little Walter crashing his Coupe de Ville into Ornette Coleman’s harmolodien. Howling Wolf gnawing on John Coltrane’s left ear like Mike Tyson. As for the other men in the Mentones: Bill Barrett takes the chromatic harp well beyond its limits like a rubber band stretched into a Mobius strip. Tony Atherton is soulful, relentless and driving. Joe Berardi grooves these odd time signatures like his mother nursed him on non-Euclidean geometry. It’s all that and it’s definitely enough.”

– G.E. Stinson

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PFMCD017

Tiner / Phillips / Schoenbeck Trio: Breathe In, Feed Out (PFMCD014)

Jeff Kaiser

[playlist ids="383"]
“So the voices that seem to originate from objects in a room hurry here,
the way things hurry toward a background made only of motion.”
— Dennis Phillips, Sand

Kris Tiner: trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet, reeds
Noah Phillips: electric guitar, electronics
Sara Schoenbeck: bassoon
1. Skujellifeddy (McGranehan) [6:31]
2. A Wind Shift [4:54]
3. Clocks and Maps [6:52]
4. Like Red Flowers [9:38]
5. Winddrone, Water Drying [2:35]
6. Road from Kumasi [9:25]
7. In This Dull City [2:42]
8. They Mistook Time for Line [3:04]
9. Metal Skin [2:36]
10. Force A Smooth Thing [6:48]
Total Playing Time: [55:10]
Tracks 1, 4, and 6 are compositions by Kris Tiner; all other compositions and arrangements by Tiner/Phillips/Schoenbeck
© 2004 Kris Tiner Music, ASCAP

Recorded by Mark Wheaton at Catasonic Studios in Echo Park, CA 11.18.02
Mixed and mastered by Jeff Kaiser
Design and layout by Jeff Kaiser and Kris Tiner
Photos taken in Kumasi, Ghana by Kris Tiner

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PFMCD014

Ted Killian: Flux Aeterna (PFMCD007)

Jeff Kaiser

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[playlist ids="668,670,671"]
Ted Killian: Electric and acoustic guitars, samples, loops, sound design

Loop-based guitar improvisations/excursions recorded “live” in the studio in a single take. Ted's music is frequently compared to that of David Torn, Steve Tibbetts, Terje Rypdal, Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, Sonny Sharrock, Nels Cline, or Bill Frisell, sometimes even David Gilmour, Jeff Beck or Uli Jon Roth. But Ted cites influences that come from all over the map: Leo Kottke, Eliott Sharp, Paul Dresher, Scott Johnson, Vernon Reid, John Abercrombie, Michael Brook, Daniel Lanois, Gary Lucas, Jim Thomas, John Fahey, Jimi Hendrix, John Mclaughlin, Frank Zappa, Pat Metheny, Buckethead, Chet Atkins and Les Paul. Yet, despite this, there is still something uniquely “Killianesque” in his approach. Ted is a guitarist who isn't afraid to paint with the instrument's full color “palette.” He's not afraid to make wild, adventurous, passionate “in-you-face” music or sonorous, languid, peaceful harmonic/melodic explorations.

Ted Killian: A Biography

Born and raised in sunny Southern California, Ted Killian has been a guitarist for over 4 decades now and he still hasn't managed to learn to play the thing correctly. But, as it turns out, this may have turned out to be a pretty good thing. Without necessarily having set out to do so, Killian has found his own unique “voice” on an instrument that is nearly ubiquitous in modern popular music. His sound is a peculiar amalgam of odd, sometimes familiar, influences: folk, pop, blues, rock, metal, jazz, electronica, electro-acoustic “art music,” and just plain noise (“!”) that begs one to think the word “fusion” but is much more primal, gut-level and organic than any connotation that word may conjure.

Killian's music is full of contradictions. It is primitive and sophisticated, visceral and sensitive, abstract and accessible, complex and blood simple all at once. It is given birth by heavy doses of technology (MIDI guitar, a plethora of electronic effects, digital echo devices, samplers, and all manner of assorted “gadgets”) but the result is amazingly human sounding. There is blood and sweat mixed in with all of the diodes and cables — and more than a small measure of passion. This intensity is not something that can be seen in the usual form of typical guitarist “histrionics” but can be heard in every note of the music itself.

Killian began playing and experimenting early on, but (in terms of public performance) bloomed late. Beginning in the late 1980s, he began performing his original music in conjunction with the Ventura New Music Concert Series (Southern California)– aided by close friend and colleague, avant-jazz trumpeter, Jeff Kaiser. So began a long series of ever-changing concerts and presentations all around Southern California. Some of these were in connection to SEAMUS, an acronym for the national “new music” organization: the Society for Electro Acoustic Music in the United States (Killian was introduced to the organization by Kaiser in 1990 and became President of the Los Angeles chapter in 1992). Ted's has been interviewed as a featured composer on “Music of the Americas” on KPFK radio in Los Angeles. Since the debut of “Flux Aeterna” his music has been played on literally dozens of radio stations around the globe and has garnered critical praise in as many publications internationally. In recent years, he has composed music for ballet, “fixed” gallery installations, multi-discipinary art performances, large ensembles and small groups. And, after all of this, Killian has still somehow managed to avoid having ever been in anything resembling a “band.”

Ted Killian is a 1982 graduate of UCSB with a Bachelors degree in visual arts. Since then he has exhibited paintings, sculpture and computer art in a number of galleries, museums and other venues across the country. He was a 1992 appointee to the “Task Force for Visual Arts” in Ventura, CA. He supports his musical/artistic activities with his “day job” as a freelance graphic designer for various musical instrument and high-tech manufacturers. He currently resides in Southern Oregon with his wife, 3 sons, 3 guinea pigs, and 2 goldfish.

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PFMCD007

Jeff Kaiser and Ernesto Diaz-Infante: Pith Balls and Inclined Planes (PFMCD005)

Jeff Kaiser

[playlist ids="369,371"]

Jeff Kaiser: trumpet, flugelhorn, voice, electronics

Ernesto Diaz Infante: acoustic guitar, voice

A mix of electro-acoustic, prepared acoustic guitar, horns and voices

Ernesto and Jeff

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PFMCD005