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KENNEY, JESSIKA & EYVIND KANG - The Face of the Earth

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Ideologic Organ SOMA 011
Release Year: 2012
Note: second album for this duo, merging together Persian vocal & music traditions with the violin/ setar (old persian lute) / electronic-work by EYVIND KANG => graceful oriental tunes, orchestrated in a very discreet way, just beautiful ! comes with double sided A4 insert
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"Eyvind Kang (viola, setar, electronics). Jessika Kenney (voice, percussion, electronics). The second beautiful album by the duo of Jessika Kenney - a vocalist known for her haunting timbral sense, as well as her profound interpretation of Persian vocal traditions, and Eyvind Kang - a violist for whom the act of music and learning is a spiritual discipline. 'The compositions on this album are about drawing the binary from the unary, like reflections from a mirror, and its inverse, the concealed unity. Listener/reader, translation/composition, memory/imagination- reflecting each other, they open up a current which flows in a sudden oscillation. Here we have followed a geological image; in the expression of the face of the earth (from Pr. rokh-e khМk), a new spectrum of binaries is revealed. In the Classical Persian traditions, this can be found in the dynamic multiplicity exemplified by the term 'radif', used in both poetry and music, as both poeme and matheme. We would invite the listener as reader, by making our reading cards in the insert, to become a participant in the creation of meaning, including translation processes which seek corresponding musical atmospheres, for example: The Central Javanese Wangsalan is a kind of riddle(two lines, 12 syllables each, divided 4 and 8), sung by the female vocalist in the gamelan, often using images of natural phenomena alongside descriptions of human characteristics, invoking atmospheres of primordial knowledge, humor, heightened sensation, philosophy, with much hidden wordplay and reference.' JK/EK. All tracks composed by Jessika Kenney & Eyvind Kang. Tavaf composed by JK based on a ghazal by Attar (12th c.). Tavaf and Ordered pairs II recorded by Randall Dunn at ADA studios, Istanbul July 2012. Ordered pairs I, Mirror stage and The face of the earth recorded by Mell Dettmer at Studio Soli, Seattle, June 2012 & St. Bartholomeo's, Bologna. Kidung and Mirror stage recorded by Mell Dettmer at Dympna's, Seattle 2012. Vinyl cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin October 2012. Ideologic Organ curation and art direction by Stephen O'Malley. Manufactured and distributed by Editions Mego." [label info]

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