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KENNEY, JESSIKA - Atria

Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: SIGE Records SIGE036
Release Year: 2016
Note: known for the beautiful albums with EYVIND KANG, this seems to be JESSIKA KENNEYs first full solo-album, performing seven of her own compositions (written between 2007-2013) with traditional Eastern (Persian?) folk influences together with various Gamelan ensembles, always guided by her great voice... lim. 300 copies, comes with an oversized 12 page booklet containing compositional notes and drawings....
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Atria is a full length LP featuring compositions written between 2007-2013, including performances by esteemed musicians from Gamelan Pacifica, Gamelan Kusuma Laras, and Gamelan Rakyat, as well as Eyvind Kang, and recorded in multiple contexts with sound engineer Mell Dettmer. LP edition of 300 copies in tri-tone LP sleeve, with oversized LP booklet containing scores and translations. Album art by Faith Coloccia and Jessika Kenney.

The term Atria emerged in a dream in 2007, at a time when I was simultaneously writing new music for the Cornell Gamelan Ensemble at the invitation of Chris Miller, and recording Voices of Spring with Ostad Omoumi. Atria sounded like the Latin plural of atrium, evoking the chambers of the heart, and reminded me of the Javanese Satriya or Knights, but it was only later I realized the reference to the Arabic triliteral root atr or scent. This music has come into being in a similar way, by associations, breaths, correspondences, and dreams, with the untranslatable and the inexpressible as a compass. At the same time it is a document of a learning process, and although I have been so fortunate to have incredible teachers, all the errors and delusions are my own. This is a meditation on an internalized meta-historical dynamic between Javanese and Persian traditions, and is a tribute to the role of sound in the context of esoteric practices, including prophetology and healing water.

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