John Hirschmann: Iceland vs. Borneo: Volume One (AVRCD009)

John Hirschmann: Iceland vs. Borneo: Volume One (AVRCD009)

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Available only as digital album:

Iceland vs. Borneo: Volume One by John Hirschmann

1. Shiva’s Radar 07:03
2. Detective Theme #1 05:23
3. Liquid Wisdom 04:26
4. I’m Not 05:52
5. Mercury Seppuku 04:53
6. Delphi 0010001 03:29
7. Negalife 1 03:46
8. Aura of a Sound 03:22
9. Superb Instruments of Derangement 05:25

Composed, performed, recorded and mixed by John Hirschmann at Dew Elixir Studios, Santa Monica, CA
Mastered by Jeff Kaiser, Angry Vegan Records, San Diego, CA
Released 01 July 2011
Angry Vegan Records 009

VINNY GOLIA: EVEN TO THIS DAY…: MOVEMENT ONE: INOCULATIONS (PFMCD145)

Jeff Kaiser

VINNY GOLIA
EVEN TO THIS DAY…
MOVEMENT ONE: INOCULATIONS

MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA AND SOLOISTS

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(Inoculation: to inoculate)

This applies to vaccinating against the coronavirus and to mentally preparing ourselves to be strong against the onset of paranoia, boredom, depression, isolation, apathy, and all of the other symptoms of this disease that we did not anticipate.

Even to this day… comprises three movements. Movement One: Inoculations, which you are listening to now, is for orchestra and 21 improvisers. The complete length of Inoculations is 10 hours and 32 minutes and consists of 12 individual Modules. The second movement, Part Two: Syncretism: for the draw… is for metal band and orchestra and will be released in early 2022. Finally, as yet unnamed, the third movement for symphony orchestra and large ensemble with improvisers will be completed at the end of 2022.

I started writing Even to this day… for my 75th birthday a year before it was to happen at the request of Rent Romus, who was organizing a concert of 75 musicians to perform the piece, unaware that Covid lurked around the corner. The performance never happened. So, I decided to go for what I wanted using real and virtual musicians performing composed music combined with improvisation—which always seems to be the best way to get what I want musically—a blend of serenity, intensity, and stability that shifts like the sands in a desert. And, as I wanted to have many of the West Coast musicians I play with represented in the music, I came up with a plan to have soloists play over a large and continually changing symphonic setting.

Even to this day… includes soloistic journeys, short interludes, transitional forms, and improvisations involving orchestral textures. Performed live, I would have used a combination of conducting techniques I have been refining since the first concert of the Vinny Golia Large Ensemble in 1982. Unfortunately, I could not do this live because of Covid restrictions and instead created an alternate composition system to supplant and expand on those techniques. Our West Coast community of creative musicians is vast and intensely innovative, and from this communal pool, I used improvisers accustomed to performing New Music and freer forms of improvisation. Specific compositions showcase their creative talents, resulting in a myriad of improvisational approaches. For the listener, the modules within each movement can be arranged in any order but are best listened to in their original order as the compositions within each module accent each other.

Movement One: Inoculations is the first part of over a year’s worth of work on Even to this day… The movement is a direct response to Covid, reflecting feelings and thoughts while locked down or “safer at home” for 15+ months now. With so much discord in the world at the moment, the chance for a few of us to collaborate on something positive seemed a great way to fight back, peacefully, against the malaise of fear, uncertainty, isolation, hostility, and depression. So, this orchestral project started in March 2020 is now ready to add the final component, the listener…

12 CD SET WITH FEATURED SOLOISTS:

Steve Adams—Sopranino and Alto Saxophones, Alto and Bass Flutes, and Electronics • Matt Barbier—Euphonium and Trombone • Kyle Bruckmann—Oboe, English Horn, and Electronics • Dan Clucas—Cornet • Clint Dotson—Drums • Tim Feeney—Percussion • Ken Filiano—Bass • Randy Gloss—Hand Drums and Electronic Percussion • Nathan Hubbard—Drums and Percussion • Jeff Kaiser—Trumpet and Electronics • Ellington Peet—Drums • Wayne Peet—Piano, Organ, and Synth • Vicki Ray—Prepared Piano • Sarah Belle Reid—Trumpet and Electronics • Steven Ricks—Trombone and Electronics • William Roper—Bombardondino, Tuba, and Extemporaneous Spoken Word • Derek Stein—Cello • Cassia Streb—Viola • Brian Walsh—Bb, Bass, Contralto, and ContraBass Clarinets • Miller Wrenn—Bass • Vinny Golia—Woodwinds, Gongs, and Singing Bowls

Module 1 — Observation

Module 2 — Belief

Module 3 — Goals-analyzation and clarification

Module 4 — Determination

Module 5 — Identification and Orientation

Module 6 — Skills and Knowledge (qualities and abilities)

Module 7 — Collaborations

Module 8 — The Plan

Module 9 — Visualizations

Module 10 — Persistence

Module 11 — Action and Decision

Module 12 — Needs and Uses

All Compositions and Arrangements by Vinny Golia ©2021 Ninewinds, BMI

Trapezoid by Randy Gloss • Recorded by Wayne Peet and Vinny Golia (with additional remote recording by solo artists) • Recorded from March 2020 to August 2021 • Edited, Mixed, and Mastered by Wayne Peet • Produced by Vinny Golia and Wayne Peet • Disc Artwork by Steuart Liebig • Cover Design and Artwork by Ted Killian • Special thanks to Wayne Peet, Kathy Carbone, Jeff Kaiser, California Institute of the Arts, and all the performers on this project.

A joint release of Ninewinds Records and NWCD450 / PFMCD145

VINNY GOLIA
EVEN TO THIS DAY…
MOVEMENT ONE: INOCULATIONS

MUSIC FOR ORCHESTRA AND SOLOISTS

Module 1

Observation

1. Moai 3 VC — BS • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Contrabass Clarinet

2. CB Flute Real One — Explained1 • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Contrabass Clarinet

3. 2 — 9 Dizzy 2 — A dedication

4. Moai 3 — 5 Middle section • Soloists: Kyle Bruckmann — Eng Hrn; Matt Barbier — Trom

5. From the Ancient Race • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Alto Sax; Dan Clucas — Cornet

6. Project — 1 — Transition • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Baritone Saxophone, Gongs; William Roper — Tuba; Nate Hubbard — Drums

7. The Real One

8. Brass — As played on the Nagra • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Sopranino Saxophone; Dan Clucas — Trumpet

9. Escape from the lab, Professor Deemer doesnít make it • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Gongs

10. Hand me Lieutenant Liu’s notebook of justice… • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Ram’s Horn, Eb Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone

11. Toolboxes and tradeoffs — For Pete Edwards • Soloist: Vinny Golia — C Flute

12. No horn Intro,…, just kidding • Soloist: Dan Clucas — Trp

13. So many forms, the low frequencies • Soloists: Wayne Peet — E Piano; Ellington Peet — Drums

14. For Art, the hole puncher • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Contrabass Clarinet, Gong; Brian Walsh — Bass Clarinet; Tim Feeney — Perc

Module 2

Belief

15. The Rams Horn Moai, a gift from Peru • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Ram’s Horn, Tenor Sax, G and F Mezzo — Soprano Sax, Bells

16. Not Pelham, (the Throwback!). • Soloists: Wayne Peet — Synth; Ellington Peet — Drums

17. It’s a jumble out there! • Soloist: Tim Feeney — Perc

18. letters to Francis • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Soprano Saxophone; Miller Wrenn — Bass

19. The complete Hermann • Soloists: Sarah Reid — Trp and FX; Tim Feeney — Perc

20. The first time I heard that • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Xiao; Tim Feeney — Perc

21. Encomium • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Singing Bowls; Brian Walsh — Bass Clarinet; Randy Gloss — Bendir Drum

22. 2 — 7 — 3 — sracps — 2

23. 1 — 18 strgs whole — No Mayo • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone, Contrabass Clarinet

24. 2 — 7 — 3 — sracps — The Original

Module 3

Goals — Analyzation and Clarification

25. For John… • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone

26. Low Toaani • Soloist: Wayne Peet — Organ and FX

27. Locus — 2 • Soloist: Brian Walsh — Clarinet

28. Xiphoid • Soloists: Steve Adams — Sopranino Saxophone, William Roper — Bombardondino (Travel Tuba)

29. Yet another, New Vamp Tune

30. Message from Time • Soloists: Sarah Reid — Trp and FX; Derek Stein — Cello

31. The battle of Tibet — Circa 1943 • Soloist: William Roper — Bombardondino (Travel Tuba)

32. From the Ancient Race; Symbolism • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bb Clarinet; Clint Dodson — Drums

33. Warp and Woof (on the road to Georgia) • Soloists: Jeff Kaiser — Trp; William Roper — Vocal

34. The Attic of the Unknown Foe, for Mr. Martin • Soloist: VG — Eb Clarinet, Ab Clar, Contrabass Clar, Basset Horn, Gongs and Bowls

35. Low Toaani — Part Two • Soloist: Sarah Reid — Trp and FX

Module 4

Determination

36. Easy to Sneak Up On

37. Doctor Savaard explains his theory eloquently, but no ones listens

38. Dizzy — a second dedication because he deserves it!

39. nmae later, (not a typo…) • Soloist: Jeff Kaiser — Trp and FX

40. Kyle! • Soloist — Kyle Bruckmann — English Horn

41. Intro Drake — 1 — 2 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bass Clarinet; Randy Gloss — Tabla

42. Who is Gladys Glover? — Bass; Nate Hubbard — Drums

43. Not Hardly… • Soloist: Jeff Kaiser — Trp

44. 1 — 14 Solo Section 2 • Soloists: — Vinny Golia — Bass Saxophone; Nate Hubbard — Drums

45. In France you sit on long items shaped like canoes — for Barre • Soloist: Dan Clucas — Cornet

46. For Vicki • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Contraalto Clarinet; Vicki Ray — Piano

47. Trapazoid • Soloist: Randy Gloss — Frame Drum

48. Mr. Fletcher now heads towards Mexico to find his first move,…or else, it ís up to him • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass

49. 1 — 9 31120 not exactly Vlatkovich, (title wise…) • Soloist: Steven Ricks — Trom

50. 1 — 5 bridhge to solos • Soloists: Vinny Golia — G — Piccolo; Tim Feeney — Perc

Module 5

Identification and Orientation

51. Shadow

52. Vicki 2 • Soloist: Vicki Ray — single track of prepared piano with E — Bow

53. By which they lead • Soloists: Miller Wrenn — Bass; Tim Feeney — Perc

54. About three more days, give or take a day or two

55. Ken • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass

56. The return of Tyler Bob! (I know that guy!)

57. “Hey Cosmo, How you Doin’…doin’ ok…” — for Fumo

58. Your devotion to etiquette is admirable but your methods leave much to be desired

59. The Wilhelm Scream (not alligator shoes I hope!) • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Baritone Saxophone; Randy Gloss — Daf

60. He’s the only one that’s happy!

61. In Between The Winds • Soloist: Brian Walsh — Clarinet

62. Indeterminate growth • Soloist: Tim Feeney — Perc

63. Dixie Cups and Strings • Soloists: Derek Stein — Cello; Miller Wrenn — Bass

64. The Solution • Soloist: Steve Adams — Electronics

Module 6

Skills and Knowledge (qualities and abilities)

65. Try This One On

66. nmae again, later • Soloists: Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

67. Time Change

68. The Octopus boy, (good work Rachel)

69. Trpt Partial

70. It must fall out of my formation circle

71. The Octopus boy; retake • Soloist: Wayne Peet — Organ

72. All is lost, All is lost! • Soloists: Wayne Peet — Synth; Steve Adams — Alto Sax; Nate Hubbard — Drums

73. And it’s also the name of a man who operates hotels

74. Mead and various secrets from the island • Soloists: Steve Adams — Bass Flute; Randy Gloss — Frame Drum and Metal Perc

75. The Internet is always open • Soloist: Derek Stein — Cello

76. And, Have A Nice Day, (Or Else!) • Soloist: Dan Clucas — Trp

77. It’s Douner Stieglitz camera lenses!

78. An Arc of Electricity • Soloist: Jeff Kaiser — Trp and FX

79. From the Ancient Race; Electrodes • Soloists: Wayne Peet — Piano; Clint Dodson — Drums

80. Lonely wind • Soloists: Cassia Streb — Viola; Derek Stein — Cello

INSERT SIDE TWO

Module 7

Collaborations

81. For Robin

82. History does not linger long in our century; reprise

83. Vicki project 5 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Basset Horn; Vicki Ray — Prepared Piano

84. Never Freed • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Bass Clarinet, Soprillo Sax

85. Transition #1 • Soloist: Steven Ricks — Trom

86. Sketch • Soloists: Miller Wrenn — Bass; Clint Dodson — Drums

87. The Stretchy, Walky, Thingy • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bari Sax; Ken Filiano — Bass; Ellington Peet — Drums

88. The Great American Biotic Interchange • Soloists: Vinny Golia — A Clarinet; Wayne Peet — Prepared Piano

89. Aver • Soloist: Clint Dodson — Drums

90. The original five! • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bass Saxophone; Wayne Peet — Synth

91. Unit! • Soloists: Matt Barbier — Trom; Miller Wrenn — Bass

92. Robin 2 and For Richard Nunns Medley • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Gongs, Bowls, Shells

93. Villions • Soloists: Miller Wrenn — Bass (section parts); Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

94. Cassia • Soloist: Cassia Streb — Viola

Module 8

The Plan

95. Moai 3 addition

96. To the skin together

97. Flight 575 • Soloist : Steve Adams — Electronics, Alto Sax; Miller Wrenn — Bass; Clint Dodson — Drums

98. Transition #2 • Soloist: Steven Ricks — Trom

99. A to B, Pull the chutes, where’s my champagne? • Soloist: Jeff Kaiser — Trp

100. Pharoah at the chord change • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone

101. Harmonics…!!!!!?????

102. What’s your name? • Soloist: William Roper — Bombardondino (Travel Tuba) and Vocal

103. Studebakers, Toasters, and Crop-dusters • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Bass Sax; Nate Hubbard — Drums

104. The 18th form • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Bass Flute; Wayne Peet — Piano Keys; Vicki Ray — Piano Insides

105. Do you have an opinion..? • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Bari Sax

106. Toanni — Insert • Soloists: William Roper — Tuba; Nate Hubbard — Drums

107. The Filiano Way, an Introduction to Mr. Ken… • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

108. The Island of One Thousand Names

Module 9

Visualizations

109. …These 3 together • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Native American Flute

110. Public Swimming Pool • Soloist: Dan Clucas — Cornet

111. Moai 3 — 13

112. Dr. Karmackís tasty treats… • Soloista: Vinny Golia — Alto Saxophone; Vicki Ray — Prepared Piano

113. Transition #3 • Soloist: Steven Ricks — Trom and FX

114. Will Warren Chesnick go to the prom alone…I think not!

115. The Thayer Effect, we like what it does • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Gongs; Miller Wrenn — Bass

116. Whiteside speaking • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Gongs, Tubax (contrabass saxophone)

117. All the Ghosts we can have

118. Bowed Interlude — for Mark Dresser • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Gongs, Contra Alto Clarinet; Matt Barbier — Trom

119. Moai 3 — 5 • Soloist: Matt Barbier — Euphonium

120. 1 — 13 — w harp

121. The lipkenstein process • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

Module 10

Persistence

122. Events that have happened are happening again, as we speak • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone, Indonesian Flute, Gongs; Wayne Peet — Piano

123. Big Finnish for Rent and Heiki

124. Double duos • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Soprillo Sax, Bass Clarinet

125. Strange Man, but still, a good plan. • Soloist: Wayne Peet — Piano

126. Bedtime • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bamboo Flute, Sopranino Sax; Clint Dodson — Drums

127. And I remember…everything • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Gongs

128. Moai 3 — 1

129. A gift for Mike • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass

130. How’d it get burned!!, How’d it get burned!!, How’d it get burned!!, How’d it get burned!!

131. Project 1 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bari Sax, Gongs; William Roper — Tuba; Nate Hubbard — Drums

132. Persistance for William • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Shakuhachi; Cassia Streb — Viola; Tim Feeney — Perc

133. The Intro • Soloist: Ken Filiano — Bass and FX

134. Vicki 6 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Contrabass Clarinet; Vicki Ray — Prepared Piano

135. A Philosophy of the Bass — for Bert

Module 11

Action and Decision

136. Moai 3 — 4 Medley • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Conch, Sopranino Saxophone

137. But it was all just a dream… • Soloists: Vinny Golia — A Clarinet; Cassia Streb — Viola

138. From the Ancient Race II

139. Moai 3 — 2 Textures

140. “Your friend is intelligent, he will know better, than to follow me”

141. Bad Dentist • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Basset Horn

142. Someplace called…not Furiya • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Conch, Shakuhachi; Clint Dodson — Drums

143. Isochronus

144. Travk 5 • Soloist: Vicki Ray — Prepared Piano

145. Moai 3 — 10 • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Tenor Saxophone, Globular Flute

146. Elegy for Don LaFontaine • Soloist: Brian Walsh — Bass Clarinet

147. LE Spring 2020 — 7 — B section

Module 12

Needs and Uses

148. Goliath • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Sopranino Saxophone

149. The Rolisican government questions Fukoda’s support, in the cave of Neon (Perhaps it’s the radiation?) • Soloist: Tim Feeney — Perc

150. LE Spring 2020 — 7

151. An Unforeseen Side Effect

152. Gombus! • Soloist: Sarah Reid — Trp and FX

153. Intro Drake 1 and 2 • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Bass Clarinet; Randy Gloss — Tabla

154. Waterflute Piece (Susan makes glorious instruments!) • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Alto Flute, Waterflute and Globular Flutes

155. LE Spring 2020 — 6 — redone • Soloist: Vinny Golia — Alto Clarinet, Gongs

156. All that Shimmers… • Soloist: Randy Gloss — Tamb

157. Dedicated to Bobby, John, and Horace • Soloists: Vinny Golia — Basset Hrn; Derek Stein — Cello

158. Return of the Goliath • Soloist: Wayne Peet — Pipe Organ

Photo by Chuck Koton

Guerino Mazzola / Alex Lubet: Deep State (PFMCD119)

Jeff Kaiser

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Deep State

Guerino Mazzola grand piano (all tracks except Kaddish)
Alex Lubet acoustic guitar (ag), soprano ukulele (su), National steel guitar (ns), mountain dulcimer (md)

1. Life (ag) 5:30
2. Liberty (su) 3:25
3. Pursuit of Happiness (ag) 5:52
4. Perfect Union (su) 4:57
5. Verinoqu’es 3:44
6. Blessings of Liberty (ns) 7:45
7. Establishment Claws (ag) 5:29
9. Freedom of Speech (su) 4:25
10. Kaddish (md) 4:11
11. Bare Arms (su) 4:38
12. Neither Slavery nor Servitude (ns) 3:49
13. The Power to Enforce (su) 3:55

Steve Barnett recording, mixing, and mastering producer; digital editor (Barnett Music Productions, Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Preston Smith recording, mixing, and mastering engineer (Perfect Record, St. Paul, Minnesota)
Recorded at Ted Mann Concert Hall, School of Music, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, May 22 and 23, 2017
Edited, Mixed, and Mastered at Perfect Record, St. Paul, Minnesota
Graphic Design by Ted Killian

All music © 2018. Verinoqu’es by Guerino Mazzola (SUISA). Kaddish by Alex Lubet (ASCAP) All other compositions by Mazzola and Lubet (SUISA and ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.

Thanks to the University of Minnesota Imagine Fund for recording and post-production expenses
Learn more about Deep State at www.alexlubet.com or www.encyclospace.org.

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Ethan Sherman: Building Blocks (PFMCD101)

Jeff Kaiser

Ethan Sherman
Building Blocks

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  1. Jungle Gym (Slow) 2:27
  2. Keltner 7:01
  3. Dangling 5:28
  4. Norway 6:51
  5. Pretty Polly 3:32
  6. Motivation 4:53
  7. Jungle Gym (Fast) 1:45
  8. Positive Space 3:12
  9. Snowshoe 4:34

Ethan Sherman – guitar
Chris Rolontz – bass
Christian Euman – drums

Recorded October 3, 2016 at Paperchaser Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Engineered and mixed by Tyler Chester
Assistant engineering by Rob Peterson
Mastered by Ryan Stewart
Production assistance by Jacob Mann
Design by Aaron Vinton
All compositions except “Pretty Polly” (trad.) © 2017 Ethan Sherman (BMI)

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PFMCD101

Logan Hone’s Similar Fashion (PFMCD096)

Jeff Kaiser

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Logan Hone’s Similar Fashion

Logan Hone: Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Lauren Baba: Viola
Gregory Uhlmann: Guitar
Mike Lockwood: Drums

1. Mother Figure
2. MJT
3. Missed the Boat
4. Fresh and Clean
5. Snapshoot
6. Movable Walls
7. Play
8. Don’t Touch That
9. Morning Bear

Recorded on March 14, 2015 at Studio City in Los Angeles, CA
Recorded and mixed by Greg Hartunian
Mastered by Carl Saff in August, 2015
Artwork and design by Jessica Li

Tracks 1-6 and 8 © 2015, Logan Hone (ASCAP)
Track 7 © 2006, Christian Asplund (ASCAP). Used by permission.
Track 9 © 2015, Lauren Baba (ASCAP)

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PFMCD096

Odeya Nini: Vougheauxyice (Voice) (PFMCD083)

Jeff Kaiser

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Vougheauxyice (Voice)

Odeya Nini: Voice

1. Mi See Ti 3:37
2. Dalai 6:16
3. Everyday Cantor 3:07
4. Idiomia 4:35
5. Tunnel 6:22
6. Tapestry of Synonyms 6:34
7. There Are So Many Things That I Have To Tell You 9:52
8. Cyclicality 6:36

1-4 were recorded in a private home in Joshua Tree, CA, September 25, 2012.
5 was recorded in an aqueduct in San Francisquito Canyon, CA, April 1, 2013.
7 was recorded at California Institute for the Arts, June 2012.

All tracks except 7 were recorded and mixed by Justin Asher
7 was recorded and mixed by Brian Saia
6 was edited by Odeya Nini
Mastered by Joe Panzner

Except for track 6, all of the pieces are in a single take, no editing. 1-5 are compositions with an open form. There is a compositional road map, but they are not performed the same way twice. 7 and 8 are improvised. Several microphones where set up in the space for 1-5, allowing for the voice to be recorded with movement and gesturing.

Photography – Adeline Newmann and Odeya Nini
Design and layout – Thea Lorentzen
Art – Saul Alpert Abrams

NOTES:

Vougheauxyice (Voice)

The voice is an instrument that both listens and reveals. It takes from all that is around us and all that is inside us as it communicates a free and composed response outward. In this work I explore the language of the voice like a dancer. I think of shape, form, gesture and the vast range of motion in the voice’s movement through space. The voice is often thought of as intangible, but in this work I try to mold its natural physical tendencies, sensing its vibrations, and feeling the touch of its waves on my skin and in my bones.

Mi See Ti

A simple melody alluding false solfege syllables that repeat themselves, diverging more and more. A play with forms of interpretation from contained and proper, to unruly swells.

In performance this piece incorporates theatrical elements, changes of facial expression and a collapsing of the body to the floor between each iteration. It questions ideas of beauty in the voice, presentation, intention, the relationship and cohesion (or negation) of the body’s expression simultaneous to the expression of the voice, and the role of the singer as an exhibitionist.

Dalai

Dalai was written while spending time in Mongolia in the summer of 2012. I learned that the meaning of the word Dalai, that we know so well from Dalai Lama, means ocean in Mongolian. Traveling in the Gobi desert, the power of the wind was omnipresent, and absolutely striking to me. It was possible to see the storms and changes of weather traversing the endlessly flat desert from miles away—often surprisingly quick—bringing gusts more powerful than I had ever experienced. Every turn of the head gave variation to the sound of the howling wind: so violent at times and peaceful in its aftermath. The obsession with wind was an easy to acquire, the more I listened, the more I realized the sound of crashing waves and the ocean’s movements were the sounds of wind. In a landlocked country such as Mongolia, I sensed the ocean all around me. Wind, ocean, breath.

Everyday Cantor

Everyday Cantor features voice and field recording. The sounds of sacred song in the everyday act of showering. Is there a difference between singing in a cathedral or singing under the shower head? The devotional voice reveals itself and then becomes drenched in everyday simplicity.

Idiomia

Inspired by random sequences of bird calls and the meaning that comes out of non verbal sonic communication. The answer is in the ear of the beholder. The voice has dynamic expression, calls, yells, gentle flutters, overtones, ingressive and egressive breathing. What is it saying? The mind wants to distill the voice, but allow it to migrate.

Tunnel

Tunnel is an improvisation on a traditional Yemenite Jewish folk song called Tzur Manoti. My Yemenite roots have always been strong in me, I see them on my face, and hear them in my voice. I often question how I fit along the continuum of my spiritually devoted ancestors, having arrived at this experimental art form. In this song I find a passageway between who I am today and the narrative of kindred souls. The result is a contemporary translation which keeps me present in my explorations (and realizations) of free form, allying me with my deep past.

Tapestry of Synonyms

We are what we hear. A collage of field recordings collected over the last four years including goats, monks, trains, plates, horses, helicopters, microwaves, wind storms, rain on tents, creaking cabinet doors, dragging chairs, tin foil crumbling, fire crackling, locks clacking, teeth brushing, family and friends from California, New York, Mexico, Mongolia Italy and Israel.

The collection of textures from our environment are juxtaposed with the voice, which we often do not consider as related. However, whether in texture or song, we do find part of our surroundings, mimicking, blending, connecting.

There is only reverb added to some of these field recordings. Besides being sliced and pasted, there are no other manipulation or altering effects.

The voice of Archie Carey, my grandmother Rachel Nini and my parents David and Tamar Nini are included.

There Are So Many Things that I Have To Tell You

Language can be tricky, slippery and twofold. This piece is a stream of consciousness improvisation with words, surfacing moods and thoughts otherwise submerged.

I sit in front of my loop pedal and amp, not knowing what stories will emerge, and allow them to flow. No story quite like the last, It is always a new and exciting journey.

Cyclicality

One voice layers on another, and another and another, shifting, morphing, coasting.

Beneath all these layers, I am still only one.

Thank you to all these wonderful people and places who created this album with their patient and skillful talents, generosity, inspiration and love. Endless gratitude.

Justin Asher, Joe Panzner, Brian Saia, Julie Tolentino + Feral Studios, CalArts, Adeline Newmann, Saul Alpert Abrams, Thea Lorentzen, Pieter Performance Space, Gerry Hemingway (for teaching me that music is sound in time), and ALL the incredible people who supported this album on Kickstarter.

Thank you to my dear family, Achinoam, Roy, Sharra, to my grandmother Rachel whose voice of many lives always plays in my ear, and especially to my parents David and Tamar Nini for their endless unquestioning love and support. My voice is your voice.

. . . and to Archie, for absolutely everything. This album is for you.

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PFMCD083

Dick Wood: Not Far From Here (PFMCD065)

Jeff Kaiser

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Dick Wood: Not Far From Here

Dick Wood: alto sax, flute, whistle, boom box

Dan Clucas: cornet, flute, octokoto, other sounds

Hal Onserud: bass

Mark Trayle: live electronics with Supercollider graphics

Marty Mansour: drums, percussion on tracks 1 and 3

Dan Ostermann: trombone with space mute

Chuck Manning: tenor saxophone, percussion

1 Ignatious 7:05
2 Mango Season 1 1 : 1 1
3 Cook the Books 8 : 1 1
4 Not Far From Here 8:35
5 No Known Knowns 7:29
6 And Now 5:07

Not Far from Here
dick wood
All compositions by Dick Wood
© 2011 Zyc Slick Productions

recorded by Scott Fraser at Architecture, Los Angeles
June 15 & (tracks 1 & 3) Oct. 19, 2008
mastered by Wayne Peet, April 2011, Newzone Studio, Los Angeles
all compositions by Dick Wood
cover photo by Steve DeGroodt
model Sapna Khurama
liner notes Paul Wood
graphics Patt Narrowe
special gratitude to Scott Fraser,
Bobby Bradford, Nels Cline,
Bonnie Barnett, Woody Aplanalp,
Lewis Jordan, Ben and Linda Wood,
Sue Dorsey, Lissa Callaghan,
John Wood, Joanne Parker
thanks to
Emily Hay, Kay Sera, Noriko Honma
© 2011 zyc slick productions

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Steuart Liebig / Tee-Tot Quartet: Always Outnumbered (PFMCD053)

Jeff Kaiser

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Steuart Liebig/Tee-Tot Quartet

Joseph Berardi: drumset, percussion
Dan Clucas: cornet
Scot Ray: dobro
Steuart Liebig: contrabassguitar

Tracks

07-04-00 4:58
serenade 5:06
wrong how long 4:00
stutterstep 4:26
fearless 7:49
clean, shaved and sober 3:52
bobtail 1:54
cooked and chopped 3:15
chucktown 4:17
mercy kitchen 7:26
sunshine candy 4:24
barrelfoot grind 4:26
lonewolf 4:28

© 2008 steuart liebig/
sisong music (ascap)
www.stigsite.com

artwork and layout by Steuart Liebig
cover photos by Scot Ray
band photos by Tee-Tot Quartet
recorded by Wayne Peet, assisted by Aaron Druckman, at Newzone Studio, Los Angeles, 19–20 May 2007
mixed by Wayne Peet and Steuart Liebig, July–August 2007
Steuart Liebig uses Fodera basses and Fodera roundwound strings, the Raven Labs PMB-1 and pickups by Rick Turner
Joe Berardi uses Paiste cymbals and attack drums heads
big thanks to Tee-Tot, Wayne Peet, Jeff Kaiser, and Leslie Rosdol, Anya Liebig and Aron Liebig

Always Outnumbered

. . . is an unholy transfiguration of the jazz and blues canon—a perverted translation of the sacred 78s of Chicago jazz and blues circa 1920–1950 into a more sinister modern dialect. On the opening track, 07-04-00, you can hear some noxious sonic concoction brewing, an aural hormetic designed to make you stronger if you can survive the cocktail.

Tee-Tot are expatriate pioneers that flew a few light-years past Europe and landed in a neighboring multiverse with fewer happy endings. These four veterans of the Los Angeles new music scene bring something completely different to each tune, different from the last tune and different from anything you normally hear on their respective instruments.

Joe Berardi is a medium for myriad gods of groove. He’s a maniacal Baby Dodds wielding his contraption for the dark side on Sunshine Candy, an angry Fred Below demonstrating primal scream therapy through the art of the shuffle on Chucktown and on Serenade he’s a fallen military snare player tapping ‘help me die’ in Morse code in vain.

Steuart Liebig constructs wide melodic avenues through the hostile landscapes of convoluted tunes like Wrong How Long. As heard on Cooked and Chopped he uses compelling melodies to drive the band from beneath instead of walking the well-worn footpaths of predictable chord progressions. He reinvents the bass role as an interactive melodic instrument in contrast to the bebop obsession of “chasing a melodic rat around a harmonic maze.” He’s also comfortable playing little or nothing at all for large patches, as on Fearless, an oblique tribute to Mingus—a “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” for a lost and dispirited Lester Young.

Dan Clucas channels a deranged Cootie Williams, commands a gaggle of nuclear geese and employs various subsonic pitches possibly responsible for climate change. He employs all manner of ornamentation and virtual pedals from a very ill-mannered velar growl to a vibrato that would have made Clara Rockmore nervous. On Clean, Shaved and Sober, he celebrates the decline of a late-stage Bix Beiderbecke suffering from years of poor-grade Prohibition-era alcohol.

Scot Ray possesses a wide arsenal of portamento that would make any carnatic pandit blush. A seemingly infinite variety of sounds come out of his dobro’s resonator, from distressed ermine lamentations to the wailing of the damned. Considering today’s totalitarian atmosphere, Scot’s frenetic picking, rubbery phrasing and anxiety-provoking note choices on Stutterstep alone should earn him a place on a government list. Somewhere in hell an unfortunate freshman soul attempts to decipher his solo on Barrelfoot Grind.

Contemporary jazz and blues music lies wasting in a gurney of predictable mimicry, its circulation gone sluggish, its pulse nearly arrested as it grows more necrotic by the year. Tee-Tot debrides the bed sores of the sedentary modern roots scene.

Steuart has more than a few bands. They are all distinct from one another, draw from disparate sources and are all degenerate—in the best sense of the word. The dozen or so albums from these groups have explored everything from Muddy Waters to Anton Webern. There’s never a shortage of great melodies or superb improvisation, and this disc is no exception.

–Bill Barrett, Los Ageles, January 2008

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PFMCD053

Ted Killian: Flux Aeterna (PFMCD007)

Jeff Kaiser

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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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