Brian Shankar Adler – For a Gallery on the Moon

Brian Shankar Adler - For a Gallery on the Moon

Brian Shankar Adler – For a Gallery on the Moon

Release date: September 23, 2020

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“Adler is a polyrhythmic force…” – Brad Cohan, JazzTimes

In his new solo album, For a Gallery on the Moon, peripatetic drummer, percussionist and composer Brian Shankar Adler journeys deeper into the layered topography of rhythm with a set of nine concentrated meditations representing the space between the heart and the moon. With fresh echoes of his critically acclaimed 2019 Chant Records release “Fourth Dimension” still resounding, Adler quickly pivots to create a primal percussive world: dwelling, probing, reflecting and refracting inside the very act of vibration, one that highlights subtle timbres, nuanced shifts the mesmerizing power of repetition. For the making of this album, Adler built what he refers to as a “cave” in the middle of his New York City apartment, so quiet that he could hear the faint vibrations of a whisper and so small that it fit only himself, a few small instruments, and microphones. From that place of deep stillness, Adler breathes air into a sonic world that is foreign to the ear, yet to the heart feels just like home.

Tracks:

  1. Young Blood
  2. Paper, Rock, Scissors
  3. Game
  4. Cym Drone
  5. Relative(s)
  6. Ghost Box
  7. Flight
  8. rahdarkahC
  9. G a m e

Brian Shankar Adler: bowed cymbals, buddha machine, ghatam, gong, kanjira, key chimes, manjira, mridang, opera cymbal, paper, ride cymbals, river rocks, slit drum, tabla, thunder sheet
All compositions by Brian Shankar Adler (Circavision, ASCAP)
Recorded at Circavision Studios, Brooklyn, NY between 11.2017 and 8.2018 by Brian Shankar Adler 
Mixed and mastered by Brian Shankar Adler
Graphic design by Brian Shankar Adler
Produced by Circavision Productions
© 2020 Circavision Productions & Brian Shankar Adler. All rights reserved.

Catalog Number CR2009BR

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Bartolo – Six Improvisations for Creatures and Machines

Bartolo - Six Improvisations for Creatures and Machines

Bartolo – Six Improvisations for Creatures and Machines

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What is it like to be human in an electronic world?
Bartolo is a Lisbon-based guitarist, composer, producer and sound artist who has worked with artists including Miguel Rio Branco, Damo Suzuki, M. Takara, Paal Nilssen-Love and Thomas Rohrer. His second album, “Six Improvisations for Creatures and Machines” is a series of instrumental improvisations along with a modular synthesizer programmed with random parameters. The unique set of unpredictable harmonies, rhythms and forms make the synthesizer a quasi-improviser, providing a musical foundation for spontaneous musical interaction and composition. As Bartolo describes it, “I chose musical partners who I have an affection for and with whom I share a rapport. In one track I play alone, a man-machine duet. In other tracks, I also have a human partner or two to interact with the machine. Analog programming carries an imprecise delicacy where it is difficult to retain absolute precision. There is something human about it, but at the same time it is the very opposite of anything human.’’ Recorded live in studio with no overdubs and complete spontaneity, the resulting album is a deep exploration of what it means to be human in an electronic world.

Tracks:

  1. Cibernética
  2. Sthira-Sukha
  3. Além Elétrico
  4. Nerves and Wires
  5. Zaatari
  6. Mars Mantras

Bartolo: modular synth programming and guitar on all tracks
Alberto Continentino: double bass on ‘Zaatari’
Gabriel Ferrandini: drums on ‘Cibernética’
Leo Monteiro: drums on ‘Nerves and Wires’
Pedro Sá: guitar on ‘Além Elétrico’
Renato Godoy: drums on ‘Zaatari’
Thiago Oliveira: alto sax on ‘Nerves and Wires’
Thomas Harres: drums on ‘Sthira-Sukha’
Jonas Sá appears as a voice sample on ‘Zaatari’
Composed and directed by Bartolo
Recorded at Namouche studios and Iá Studios, Lisbon, Portugal, February and March 2016.
Recorded at Rock-it studios and Casinha Studios, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, April and May 2016.
Tracks 1, 3, 6 produced by Bartolo
Tracks 2, 4, 5 produced by Bartolo and Estevão Casé.
Recorded by Quim Monte, Bartolo, Estevão Casé and Ricardo Riquier
Mixed and mastered by Gil Fortes
Cover art by Lê Almeida.

Catalog Number CR2006BA

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Santiago Leibson Trio – Little Pieces

Santiago Leibson Trio - Little Pieces

Santiago Leibson Trio – Little Pieces

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Born in Argentina and now based in Brooklyn, pianist and composer Santiago Leibson is a mainstay on the vibrant New York jazz scene. He’s worked with a who’s who including Tony Malaby, Guillermo Klein, Michael Attias, Francisco Mela, Sean Conly and Gerald Cleaver. Also deeply involved in the contemporary classical community, Leibson made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2019 with a solo concert of original and classical compositions as part of the prestigious Sophia Rosoff Concert Series. “Little Pieces” is his fifth album as a bandleader and features Matt Pavolka on bass and Mark Ferber on drums. The album is structured like a novella with each of the six chapters describing a different character. But the characters never meet, each possessing a unique identity and flavor. Leibson and his trio manage to weave these individual stories together into a coherent yet multi-faceted whole that rewards repeated listening and exploration.

All songs composed by Santiago Leibson
Recorded at Bacque Studios, NYC on May 28th, 2019 by Luis Bacque. Assistant : Thom Beemer.
Mixed and mastered by Luis Bacque at Bacque Studios.
Personnel:
Santiago Leibson: piano and compositions
Matt Pavolka: bass
Mark Ferber: drums

Tracks:

  1. Gall
  2. Quilombo
  3. Conundrum
  4. Enneadic
  5. Hoodwink
  6. Imbued

Catalog Number CR2005SA

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Ben Holmes – Naked Lore

Ben Holmes - Naked Lore

Ben Holmes – Naked Lore

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“Sublimely craft[s] a ritualistic, old-world music but with a modern touch. Elements of Klezmer, chamber-jazz, classical, and improvised music pepper Holmes’s rollicking and ruminative compositions.” – Brooklyn Rail

Best described as “a soundtrack to the folk stories your grandparents vowed to forget,” Naked Lore is the brainchild of Ben Holmes, a trumpeter/composer who has worked with artists including Slavic Soul Party!, Vampire Weekend, Gogol Bordello and Cynthia Hopkins. His music conjures ancient sounds through the filter of 20+ years of study in jazz, klezmer, and classical music. Featuring master musicians Brad Shepik on guitar (Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, Charlie Haden, Carla Bley) and Shane Shanahan on percussion (Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Philip Glass), the trio seemingly travels through thousands of years of history while remaining firmly rooted in the present moment, veering from tightly composed occultist chamber jazz to wild improvisation with the speed of a darting snake’s tongue.

Ben Holmes (trumpet/rotary trumpet), Brad Shepik (nylon string guitar/Portuguese guitar/archtop electric guitar), Shane Shanahan (percussion)
All music composed and arranged by Ben Holmes (Svejk Music/ASCAP)
Recorded at Flux Studios on January 10th – 12th, 2019.
Recording Engineer: Damon Whittemore
Assistant recording engineer: Josh Welshman
Mixed and mastered by Damon Whittemore at ValveTone Studios.

Tracks

  1. Invocation I / Snake Money
  2. $43, a Smile, and Bullshit
  3. Swamplands Chusidl
  4. Interlude on Avenue J
  5. Invocation II / The Dust of Unremembering
  6. The Sunbeast Emerges
  7. Two “Oh No!”s and an “Oh!”, no “No!”
  8. First We Were Sad; Then We Danced
  9. All Together

Catalog Number CR2004BE

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Curha – II

Curha II

Curha – II

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Curha II is the followup album to Curha I (Chant Records) and the latest work of the musician known as Curha. Curha is the alter ego of Curtis Hasselbring, a New York-based multi-instrumentalist and composer who has worked with musicians including Golem, Slavic Soul Party, Banda De Los Muertos, Frank London, Anthony Coleman, the Ghost Train Orchestra, Bobby Previte, Matt Wilson, Chris Lightcap and Medeski Martin and Wood. Curha utilizes trombones, guitars, samples, synths and voices to paint a utopian yet charmingly-flawed personal vision of time and space. Opening with an Ennio Morricone-inspired desert anthem (‘Casa Grande’) and moving through chip-tunes imitating Weather Report (‘Hex Pebble Fusion’), a tribute to Mark E. Smith (‘Totally Hired’), shoe-gaze muzak (‘Blown Bubble Blues’) and trip-hop-meets-Marvel (‘History of Vistas’), Curha II covers a wide musical terrain. The album features a variety of guests including guitar wiz Brandon Seabrook (Anthony Braxton, Nels Cline), drummer Dan Rieser (Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash), dual bass clarinetists Peter Hess (Slavic Soul Party, Balkan Beat Box) and Alec Spiegelman (Cuddle Magic) and Aaron Diskin (Golem) on tambourine.

All music composed, created and performed by Curha. Additional guests include Dan Rieser (drums on #1 and #2), Aaron Diskin (tambourine #2), Brandon Seabrook (guitar solo on #2), Peter Hess (bass clarinet on #8) and Alec Spiegelman (bass clarinet on #6 and #12). Additional recording by Craig Dreyer at Mighty Toad.

Tracks

  1. Casa Grande
  2. Togar
  3. Sick Of Ants!
  4. Blimp Enthusiast
  5. Blaster
  6. Soap
  7. Murgatroid
  8. MMS
  9. Totally Hired
  10. History of Vistas
  11. Hex Pebble Fusion
  12. Blown Bubble Blues

Catalog Number CR2003CU

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Randi Pontoppidan & Christian Rønn – HEAD¨SPACE

Randi Pontoppidan & Christian Rønn – HEAD¨SPACE

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On HEAD¨SPACE, Randi Pontoppidan & Christian Rønn pair the organic warmth and plasticity of the human voice with the beautifully off-kilter palette of amplified Würlitzer and electronic soundscapes to generate an exquisite sound world of non-verbal language, exploring the outer limits and deepest secrets of sonic expression.

Randi Pontoppidan is an internationally acclaimed Danish vocalist, improviser and composer working with free improvisation, jazz, performance art, electroacoustic composition and sound poetry. She creates vast sonic landscapes full of organic warmth and poetic sensibility, and is known for her extended vocal techniques, often mixed with live electronic processing. She works with jazz luminaries including Greg Cohen, Joëlle Léandre, Sissel Vera Pettersen and with Danish poet Morten Søndergaard. Pontoppidan is also an in-demand vocalist in the contemporary classical world, working with Paul Hillier’s Theatre of Voices and performing works by Steve Reich, David Lang, Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage and others.

Christian Rønn is a highly versatile Danish artist working with improvisation, electroacoustics, fixed composition, sound art and film music. He performs and composes in a variety of combinations and constellations with artists including Ikue Mori, P.O. Jørgens, Lotte Anker, Peter Peter and Bob Bellerue. Rønn’s energetic and out-of-body-playing-style with the free jazz trio Blind Man’s Band has been likened to both Cecil Taylor and Sun Ra. As an organist he premiered the Fluxus artist Henning Christiansen’s piece “Fluxorum Organum” in Denmark as well as his own works for organ and multi-channel electronics. Under the alter ego Ganga, Rønn produces popular downtempo electronica that has been featured on Café Del Mar and Buddha Bar compilations as well as over 200 others, along with scores for film classics including Battleship Potemkin and Metropolis.

Randi Pontoppidan (voice, live electronics, bells)
Christian Rønn (Würlitzer Piano, effects)
All music written & produced and by Randi Pontoppidan & Christian Rønn
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Christian Rønn during last half of 2018 in Trekroner Studiet, Valby, Copenhagen

Tracks

  1. Blackberry
  2. Waterproof
  3. Plasma
  4. Albedo
  5. Udspring
  6. Ultraviolet
  7. Irgendwo
  8. Gamma
  9. Ocher

Catalog Number CR2002RA

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Freakdom – Session One

Freakdom - Session One

Freakdom – Session One

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Freakdom is the gathering of three singular musical minds: fretless guitarist David Konopnicki (leader of the Paris-based punk/improv trio AutorYno), bassist Shanir Blumenkranz (Yemen Blues, Yo-Yo Ma, John Zorn) and drummer Kenny Grohowski (Imperial Triumphant, Secret Chiefs 3, Rez Abbasi). Written in one day and recorded in New York City by 3-time Grammy winning engineer Marc Urselli, ‘Session One’ beautifully captures a boundless adventure into freedom and madness drawing on metal, punk, thrash, dub, surf and various traditions of improvised music.

Recorded 11-1-2016 at EASTSIDE SOUND STUDIO – New York
David Konopnicki – Fretless Guitar
Shanir Blumenkranz – Double Bass
Kenny Grohowski – Drums
Composed by Freakdom
Producer : Shanir Blumenkranz
Record Engineer : Marc Urselli @ Eastside Sound Studio, NYC
Mix : David Konopnicki @ 4A SoundFactory – Forges-Les-Eaux, France
Mastering : Jean-Charles Panizza @ Climax Mastering
Published by Noa Music
COVER PICTURE : David Benainous

Tracks

  1. Another Blues
  2. Round & Round
  3. Oompah
  4. Down
  5. Blast From The Past
  6. Nein
  7. Puppy Eyes
  8. Second Victim
  9. Dawn

Catalog Number CR2001FR

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Strength in Numbers vol. 3

Strength in Numbers vol 3

Strength in Numbers vol 3

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Celebrating two years and over 40 releases from a worldwide community of artists, NYC-based Chant Records presents ‘Strength In Numbers vol. 3,’ featuring one track from each of this year’s releases. From noise rock to abstract hip-hop, electronica to solo voice, free jazz to Balkan, this collection will widen your perspective and bring you deep into the sonic world of uncompromising, adventurous music.

Tracks

  1. Mick Rossi’s Anti-Matter – Middle Of The Middle
  2. TORU – If You’re Not Offended I’ll Have Another Go (feat. Moss Freed)
  3. Alberto N. A. Turra – Trevor
  4. Randi Pontoppidan – Arctic
  5. Laushaus – Sonne Noire
  6. Jon Lundbom and Bryan Murray – Three Plus
  7. eXpanseplane – DEVIATE
  8. Robert Dick & Adam Caine – The Damn Think
  9. Los Autonautas – 13 de Octubre
  10. Roberto De Brasov and Koby Israelite – Space Snail
  11. Burton Greene and Guillaume Gargaud – Space Dialogue
  12. Sam Eastmond – Zombi Love
  13. ŪROK – Bruiser

Catalog Number CR1912CH

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Brian Shankar Adler – Fourth Dimension

Brian Shankar Adler – Fourth Dimension

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Fourth Dimension is percussionist/composer Brian Shankar Adler’s seventh record as a leader, and offers listeners an album jam-packed with arrestingly beautifully compositions rooted in Adler’s own spiritual upbringing in an ashram. Joined by some of New York’s top improvisers – Matt Moran, Jonathan Goldberger, Rob Jost, and Santiago Leibson – the group weaves through peaceful and radioactive terrain with ease and style.

In Fourth Dimension, Adler invokes an inner world and musical language where surreal landscapes and symmetrical structures are created using textless mantras, disintegrating drones, mind-bending polyrhythms, and encrypted messages.

Adler says of his early childhood memories: “I remember we would spend one month each year in silence. It was quite profound, because we started hearing the world in another way.” He continues: “After looking into the mind’s eye and becoming comfortable with what is brewing from within, the outside world appeared to be a reflection of that source.”

The sum of his experiences meld fearlessly into the subject matter that is Fourth Dimension. Here, Adler maps out new pathways, techniques and concepts, using the ensemble as a musical laboratory, exemplifying the search for balance. Sound/silence, stability/instability, form/freedom, human/machine are just some of the ways that Adler and the group toys with the push and pull of polar forces. In doing so, the music exposes, exploits, and raises questions about the infinite dance of this gravitational search. The album asks the listeners: “what resides in the subconscious and is it a mirror of the outside world?”

Matt Moran – vibraphone
Jonathan Goldberger – electric guitar
Santiago Leibson – piano, keyboards
Rob Jost – basses
Brian Shankar Adler – drums, percussion
All compositions by Brian Shankar Adler

Recorded 2015-2018 by Jim Clouse at Park West Studios and Michael Brorby at Acoustic Recording 
Mixed and mastered by Brian Shankar Adler
Produced by Circavision Productions and Brian Shankar Adler

Tracks

  1. Introduction Drone
  2. Mantra
  3. Rudram
  4. Pulses
  5. Windy Path
  6. Gowanus
  7. Watertown
  8. Nuearth
  9. Pendulum
  10. Rise and Fall
  11. Alternative Facts

Catalog Number CR1912BR

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ŪROK

ŪROK

ŪROK

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ŪROK is the brainchild of Croatian-born drummer and composer Marco Quarantotto. Now based in London, Quarantotto is an active member of city’s jazz, experimental and world music scenes, working with English musicians including Robert Mitchell, Julia Biel, Mornington Lockett and others as well as international artists including Erin Dickins (Manhattan Transfer) and Knoel Scott (Sun Ra Arkestra). Extending his reach far beyond the drumset into the world of composition and bandleading, Quarantotto pilots ŪROK through a blistering set of four original songs plus a beautiful interpretation of TV On The Radio’s ‘Blind.’ Drawing on avant-jazz, post noise rock and experimental music, Quarantotto and bandmates (Filippo Ferazzoli on guitar and effects and Luigi Casanova on bass) stretch these influences nearly to the breaking point. Recorded in a single live session, ŪROK bursts at the seams with the raw energy and power of a full throttle live show.

Marco Quarantotto – drums
Filippo Ferazzoli – guitar
Luigi Casanova – bass
Produced by Marco Quarantotto
Recorded live at IOSR Studios by Fergus Pateman on 29 April 2019.
Mixed by Fergus Pateman
‘Exfiltrate’ edited and mixed by Marco Quarantotto and Alen Spada
Mastered by Nate Wood at Kerseboom Mastering
Photography and artwork by Marco Quarantotto

All songs written and arranged by Marco Quarantotto except ‘Blind’ written by T. Adebimpe, D. Sitek and J. Sitek and arranged by Marco Quarantotto.

Tracks

  1. Deep Shadow Conditions
  2. Bruiser
  3. Blind
  4. Subtle Acts Of Resistance
  5. Exfiltrate

Catalog Number CR1911UR

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