Randi Pontoppidan & Povl Kristian – Life In Life

Randi Pontoppidan & Povl Kristian - Life In Life

Randi Pontoppidan & Povl Kristian – Life In Life

 


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With minimal musical means – one piano, one voice and the occasional stardust-shimmer of tinkling bells or subtle electronic loops – Povl Kristian and Randi Pontoppidan summon up a universe of sound on Life in Life. The album is Pontoppidan’s sixth for Chant Records and Kristian’s first.

Kristian’s piano is beautifully documented with great sensitivity amidst a sepulchral-sounding reverb on melodies that contrast stark intensity with delicate lyricism. Legendary voice-as-instrument performer Pontoppidan has such an eclectic approach that, paired with her broad, multi-octave vocal range, she’s closer to a one-woman choir than a conventional soloist. Heard in duo on this continuously engaging suite of eight songs, the effect is rich and powerful, both entrancingly strange and oddly comforting.

Each song adds something special to the story, with a developing sense of alchemical and metamorphic change. Whistles transform into bird calls before turning into synthesized bleeps of pure sound. Pontoppidan can seem to echo the sounds of the natural world or the polyglot speech of an invented language as she explores the outer limits of what a human voice can do. Throughout, the sonic identities of Povl Kristian and Randi Pontoppidan remain resolutely themselves, as if each artist is traveling on parallel lines, meeting at key points to converge and then diverge again. It’s perhaps this sense of separation that makes for such a successful partnership, as neither identity is subsumed by the other. As a result, Life In Life really does develop a life of its own, takes wing and flies.

Povl Kristian has composed prolifically for film, theater and radio. His multi-award winning film career includes work on each of director Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Pusher’ trilogy. Randi Pontoppidan is one of the world’s leading vocal performer/improviser/composers. Nominated for Denmark’s Steppeulven award in 2020, her recording career spans three decades. Recent partnerships include working with Paul Hillier’s Theatre of Voices and Sissel Vera Pettersen.

Tracks:

  1. Opening
  2. Crossing The Rubicon
  3. Sukha 
  4. Juno and Eros
  5. Embrace 
  6. Awareness 
  7. Ocean Of Bliss
  8. Rise

Povl Kristian: Grand piano, Steinway D
Randi Pontoppidan: Voice, Live Electronic Processing, Bells, Pitch Pipe
Recorded at Millfactory Copenhagen
Mixed by Povl Kristian
Mastered by Jan Eliasson
Produced by Povl Kristian & Randi Pontoppidan
Engineers: Jean Riel & Mikkel Mors
Photos: Klaus Holsting
Cover: Sigrún Gudbrandsdóttir

All music © 2022 by Povl Kristian & Randi Pontoppidan. All rights reserved.
Supported by Koda Culture Funds and Danish Art Foundation

Catalog Number
CR2205RA

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Phase Duo – Generative Glimpse

Phase Duo Generative Glimpse

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Phase Duo is composed of violinist/composer Eloisa Manera and producer/DJ/engineer Stefano Greco. Manera comes originally from the classical world and has performed with musicians including Mario Brunello and Herbie Hancock. Greco is an electronic musician with the Milan-based hyper-eclectic band Sonata Islands Kommandoh, and performs solo under the name Fana. Formed in 2015, Phase Duo has performed extensively in Europe, and released their first album ‘S/T’ on Aut Records in 2019. Generative Glimpse finds the pair of musicians deepening their sound and continuing to blur the lines between analog and digital, ambient and rhythmic, and classical and electronic music.

Tracks:

  1. Electric Birds
  2. When we were here
  3. Aural
  4. Burning Sea
  5. Wakes
  6. Accidental Intelligence
  7. Bosco
  8. Ascent
  9. FRBs
  10. Substance
  11. Asmr

All tracks composed by Eloisa Manera and Stefano Greco

Eloisa Manera – violin, 5 strings electric synth violin, voice
Stefano Greco – electronics and monochord

Special Guests on the track “Burning Sea”: Gaia Mattiuzzi (alto and solo)
Camilla Barbarito (soprano)
Francesco Forges (male voices)

Written and produced by Phase Duo

Recorded and mixed by Stefano Greco at Blau Studio, Milano (March-December 2020)

Mastered at Blau Studio

Catalog Number
CR2204PH

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Rick Parker and Li Daiguo – meditation music for the artificially intelligent

Rick Parker and Li Daiguo - meditation music for the artificially intelligent

Rick Parker and Li Daiguo – meditation music for the artificially intelligent

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Called “A randomly collided pair of quantum radicals sitting at a similar alt-world-classical tilt” by Tiny Mix Tapes, the duo of Rick Parker and Li Daiguo present their second release and first for Chant Records, meditation music for the artificially intelligent. Based in Brooklyn and China (respectively), the pair of forward-thinking musicians alchemically incorporate the sounds of trombone, cello, pipa, human voice and a variety of electronic instruments into a cauldron of sound that expands the overused “world music” genre designation to “universe music,” or perhaps even “multiverse music.” Dense, expressive, and at once lusciously organic yet firmly at home in the digital realm, meditation music for the artificially intelligent truly lives up to its title with a uniquely 21st century journey into the sonic unknown.

Tracks:

  1. dilapidated spacecraft levitates away you gaze dust storm unsure what you asked for what you want
  2. A.I. is our progeny ze is going to know what kind of parents we are should we just
  3. when in throes of despair gods of random truth revelation more likely come aide
  4. all is brain super minimal
  5. then ze feels like part of the accepted by infinite (non-binarily) motherly source light
  6. God what if a crazy hairdo led to 
  7. then technological development ensured that no powerful person no matter how evil would ever have to die 
  8. interspecies intimacy on zoo space station 
  9. opium den floating through space

Li Daiguo – Pipa, Cello, Guzheng, Effects, Voice
Rick Parker – Trombone, Effects, Synthesizers

Track 1 recorded June, 2021 by Rick Parker in Brooklyn, NY, USA and Li Daiguo Dali, Yunnan, China.

Tracks 2-7 recorded December 5, 2016 at Grand Street Studio, Brooklyn, NY, USA. Engineered by Ken Rich.

Track 8 recorded October 30, 2014 at Degraw Sound, Brooklyn, NY USA. Engineered by Ben Rice. Overdubs by Rick Parker, 2021

Track 9 recorded July 13, 2014 at Fishman Studios, Caicun, Dali, Yunnan, China
Engineered by Yuefu.

Tracks 1-8 mixed by Ryan Mackstaller at Red Panda Recording, Brooklyn, NY, USA.

Track 9 mixed by Joe Branciforte at Greyfade Studio, Brooklyn, NY, USA.

Mastering by Ryan Mackstaller at Red Panda Recording, Brooklyn, NY, USA.

Cover Image by Li Shurui
Cover Design by Rick Parker and Roxanne Wang

Catalog Number
CR2203RI

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Jason Wayne Sneed and Toshinori Kondo – Guardians Of The Most Cosmic Shrine

Jason Wayne Sneed and Toshinori Kondo - Guardians Of The Most Cosmic Shrine

Jason Wayne Sneed and Toshinori Kondo – Guardians Of The Most Cosmic Shrine


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Guardians Of The Most Cosmic Shrine is a collaboration between bassist/producer Jason Wayne Sneed and trumpeter/composer Toshinori Kondo. Friends for many years via correspondence between their respective home bases in the US and Japan, Sneed and Kondo worked remotely to record the album after meeting for a performance in Chicago in December 2019. Sneed produced the original tracks with Kondo’s specific sound and personality in mind, and Kondo recorded his parts at his studio in Japan. Several days after beginning work on the album, Sneed received news that Kondo had passed away on October 17, 2020. “It took me a minute to grasp how heavy of a responsibility this is. This album truly has his spirit in it. While working on it, I felt him with me in the room and felt his energy surrounding me,” says Sneed. Guardians Of The Most Cosmic Shrine has a deeply transcendental and meditative quality, while incorporating influences from jazz, dub, electronic music and more. It is a fitting final statement from an artist remembered by critic Nate Chinen on NPR as “a sonic chameleon… whose daring instinct and deep expressive resources slashed through a spectrum of experimental and ambient music… a creative force until the very end.”

Tracks:

  1. Guardians Of The Most Cosmic Shrine
  2. Interstellar
  3. The Different Dimension
  4. Portal 
  5. Teleportation Device
  6. Hyperspace Void Disruptor

All songs performed by Jason Wayne Sneed, and Toshinori Kondo
Bass and Electronics: Jason Wayne Sneed
Trumpet, Electronics, Voice: Toshinori Kondo
Produced by: Jason Wayne Sneed
Mastered by: Matt Dewine at Pieholden Studio

Jason Wayne Sneed parts were recorded at, Rabbit Hole Studio, Chicago.
Toshinori Kondo parts were recorded at, Kondo Sound Body Lab, Japan.

Catalog Number
CR2202JA

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John Di Pasquale – Move The Uncovered Boxes Away

John Di Pasquale – Move The Uncovered Boxes Away

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Move The Uncovered Boxes Away is the debut album from John Di Pasquale. The name of a trio rather than a single person, John Di Pasquale was formed as a laboratory for the research and experiments of London-based guitarist Filippo Ferazzoli (ŪROK, Adam Beattie) and features Jools Kelly on bass and Luciano Cocco on drums. Move The Uncovered Boxes Away is a post-rock journey through a kaleidoscope of intricate structures, tight grooves, rich textures, odd rhythms and manipulated tapes.

Tracks:

  1. Smells Like Pine Trees 
  2. Over The Highline
  3. Meaningless#1
  4. In A While
  5. Circle
  6. Manor Road
  7. Umpteenth

Filippo Ferazzoli – Guitars and Tapes
Jools Kelly – Bass
Luciano Cocco –   Drums

All songs composed and produced by Filippo Ferazzoli
Recorded at Noatune Studios (London) and The White Lodge Studio (Rome) between February 2020 and March 2021
Recorded and Mixed by Matteo Dell’Unto
Mastered by Nick Watson at Fluid Mastering Studios (London)
Cover Art by IAIA

Catalog Number
CR2201JO

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Strength In Numbers, Vol. 5

Strength in Numbers, Vol. 5

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Founded in 2017 by Jon Madof and Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, Chant Records releases adventurous music across the spectrum from an international community of artists. Incredibly prolific with over 70 releases to date, Chant presents Strength in Numbers, Vol. 5, a compilation featuring one song from each release of 2021.

Tracks

  1. Bryan Murray and Jon Lundbom – Battalions
  2. Guido Spannocchi, Martin Siewert, Gina Schwarz, Matheus Jardin – Scherzo
  3. Shay Hazan Quintet – Beber’s Cha Cha
  4. The Klezmatics – Nign Forgács (Instrumental)
  5. Zion80 – Wandering Stone – Jon Madof RMX
  6. Adaya Godlevsky and Haggai Fershtman – Martian Spa
  7. Randi Pontoppidan/Sissel Vera Pettersen – Come
  8. Axel Dörner, Marthe Lea, Birgitte Lyregaard – Three Rivers, One Flood
  9. eXpanseplane – Sweet Spirit Near My Prayer
  10. Alfred Kpebesaane and Brittany Anjou – The Women Are Taking Over The Men
  11. Olson St. Clair – 54127
  12. Randi Pontoppidan and Thomas Buckner – Hide
  13. Robert Dick and Daniel Blake – Red Corner

Catalog Number CR2112CH

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Bryan Murray & Jon Lundbom – Beats by Balto! Vol. 2

Bryan Murray & Jon Lundbom – Beats by Balto! Vol. 2

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Jon Lundbom (Big Five Chord) and Bryan Murray, a.k.a. Balto Exclamationpoint (Bryan and the Haggards) are back for their second Chant Records release. Joined by an all-star roster of accomplices, Lundbom and Murray blend hip-hop-style beat construction with avant-jazz and much more in a collage of sounds from various corners of the musical universe. Beats by Balto! Vol. 2 features performances from Jon Irabagon, Moppa Elliott, Nick Millevoi, and many more. A funky, wild, adventurous collection of music with virtuosic improvisation and revelrous glee, Beats by Balto! Vol. 2 is sure to please adventurous music lovers throughout Planet Earth and beyond. All artists’ proceeds to benefit the Jazz Foundation of America’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Tracks:

  1. Battalions
  2. Beat Like This
  3. Big P. (Interlude)
  4. Tears and Fists
  5. Ex Machina
  6. Cap’n Crunch (Interlude)
  7. Truck Gun
  8. Enter!
  9. Weak Sauce (Interlude)
  10. Hot Shit

MUSICIANS
Bryan Murray – soprano, alto, c-melody, and tenor saxophones
Jon Irabagon – sopranino, soprano, mezzo-soprano, balto!, and tenor
saxophones; alto clarinet
Jon Lundbom – guitar
Matt Kanelos – keyboard
Moppa Elliott – bass
Nick Millevoi – guitar
Richard Mikel – bass
Sam Kulik – trombone
Beats by Balto Exclamationpoint

COMPOSERS
Battalions – Jon Lundbom
Beat Like This – Jon Lundbom
Big P. – Bryan Murray
Ex Machina – Jon Lundbom
Tears and Fists – Jon Lundbom
Cap’n Crunch – Bryan Murray
Truck Gun – Jon Lundbom
Enter! – Jon Lundbom
Weak Sauce – Bryan Murray
Hot Shit – Jon Lundbom

All songs composed to beats constructed by Balto! Exclamationpoint
Recorded across the country, assembled in quarantine at Balto! World Headquarters
Mastered by Louie Lino at Resonate Music
Produced by Bryan Murray and Jon Lundbom

Catalog Number
CR2111JO

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Spannocchi Siewert Schwarz Jardim – ease & ooze

Spannocchi Siewert Schwarz Jardim - ease & ooze

Spannocchi Siewert Schwarz Jardim – ease & ooze

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ease & ooze is the debut album from four of Europe’s most exciting contemporary improvisers: Guido Spannocchi (alto sax), Martin Siewert (guitar, effects), Gina Schwarz (electric bass, prepared electric bass) and Matheus Jardim (drums). Spanning genres, generations, genders, histories and continents, Spannocchi Siewert Schwarz Jardim had never been in the same room let alone played music together before the recording of this album. Tracked in an afternoon at Audiomanufaktur Studios (Vienna) and without cuts, edits or overdubs, ease & ooze beautifully captures the spontaneous creation of distinct compositions and soundscapes. It is a four-way musical conversation illustrating the elusive truth that playing together is always secondary to listening together.

Tracks:

  1. Prelude
  2. Allegro
  3. Vertigo
  4. Triple Axle
  5. Scherzo
  6. Coda

All songs collectively spontaneously composed by
Guido Spannocchi – alto saxophone
Martin Siewert – guitar, slide guitar, effects
Gina Schwarz – electric bass
Matheus Jardim – drums

Recorded at Audiomanufaktur Vienna by Florian Jauker, mixed and mastered by Martin Siewert. Artwork screenprint on 35mm film by Julia Vogl 2021. Guido Spannocchi is endorsed by Austrian Audio, Corry Bros Mouthpieces UK and Marca Reeds France.

Catalog Number
CR2110SP

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Shay Hazan Quintet – Nuff Headlines

Shay Hazan Quintet - Nuff Headlines

Shay Hazan Quintet – Nuff Headlines

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Bassist and composer Shay Hazan is a mainstay on the vibrant Tel Aviv jazz scene. His new album Nuff Headlines finds him in the leadership role, a rare (although not unheard of) position for a bass player. The quintet is filled out by the two-horn duo of Tal Avraham on trumpet and Eyal Netzer on saxophone, along with Milton Michaeli on piano and Haim Peskoff on drums. Hazan’s musical roots spread far and wide into the magical realm of Moroccan Gnawa music (Hazan often plays gimbri, the traditional three stringed skin-covered bass lute), the new wave of hip hop, and the 1960’s Chicago free jazz and human rights movement. These roots all feed the single organism of the band, with Hazan leading from the bottom, anchoring and propelling the music with a force only a bassist can provide.

Tracks:

  1. Beber’s Cha Cha
  2. Evening Puja (Netzer)
  3. Vertigo
  4. Kebero
  5. Desert Snake
  6. Olam
  7. Old Tart (ft. Rosa Lea Salmon)

Credits:
Tal Avraham – trumpet
Eyal Netzer – saxophone, zurna
Milton Michaeli – piano
Shay Hazan – bass, gimbri, percussion
Haim Peskoff – drums, percussion
Rosa Salmon – vocals (Old Tart) Nir Tom Sabag – lyrics (Old Tart)

Recorded December 18th 2019
Haogen Studios with Shlomi Gvili and Nitzan Levi
Mixed & Edited by Nitzan Levi and Shay Hazan

Catalog Number
CR2109SH

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The Klezmatics – Letters to Afar

Klezmatics - Letters To Afar

The Klezmatics – Letters to Afar

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The Klezmatics are globally-renowned world music superstars — and the only klezmer band to win a Grammy award. The Klezmatics emerged out of the vibrant cultural scene of New York City’s East Village in 1986 with klezmer steeped in Eastern European Jewish tradition and spirituality, while incorporating contemporary themes such as human rights and anti-fundamentalism and eclectic musical influences including Arab, African, Latin and Balkan rhythms, jazz and punk.

Letters to Afar, The Klezmatics’ 13th and most adventurous release to date, contains music composed for Hungarian found-footage artist Péter Forgács’ acclaimed installation of Polish-Jewish historical films sourced from the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The music is evocative, ambient and by turns psychedelic, meditative and illuminating. This is The Klezmatics as you’ve never heard them – deeply rooted in the traditions of klezmer and experimental avant-garde musics; Klezmatics filtered through Brian Eno, David Torn, Duke Ellington, Morton Feldman and electronica.

Tracks:

  1. HoraLité
  2. Blut
  3. Tish Nign
  4. Olem-Haze
  5. Dray Fidlen
  6. Flarp
  7. DeParnu
  8. Nign Forgács
  9. Tish Nign (Mizrekhdik)
  10. Oylem-Habe
  11. Shlofn Afn Yam
  12. Naftule-Tsikl
  13. Kandel
  14. Beymer
  15. Nign Forgács (Instrumental)

Credits:
The Klezmatics
Richie Barshay: percussion
Matt Darriau: clarinets, kaval
Lisa Gutkin: violin
Frank London: brass
Paul Morrissett: bass, tsimbl
Lorin Sklamberg, accordion, piano, voice

With John Mettam, drums (track 12), miscellaneous percussion
Recorded April 11-12, 2013 at Park West Studios, Brooklyn, NY by Jim Clouse
Mastered by Andrew Felluss @ MusicNetwork SRC, New York City (March 5th, 2021)
MAX XP processing by Guy Barash
DeParnu (track 7) mixed by Greg Anderson

Letters to Afar, a film by Péter Forgács

Catalog Number
CR2108TH

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