Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

March 19, 2011

Nick Hennies, “Objects” cdr (KSE #189), now available

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“Objects”  (KSE #189)

 (for congas, woodblocks, claves, bass drum, triangles, and vibraphone)

Composed and performed by Nick Hennies

Recorded at the Art Institute of Austin, engineered/mixed by Andrew Stoltz. Hand-assembled, hand-numbered edition of 99 copies.

full-sized cdr, $7.00 ppd. anywhere

paypal funds to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kendra Steiner Editions is proud to present a new work from internationally-acclaimed Austin percussionist-composer NICK HENNIES, “Objects.” Dealing with some of the same compositional areas Nick visited in his previous album “Psalms” and his performance of compositions by Alvin Lucier and Radu Malfatti, OBJECTS is a haunting, hypnotic piece for solo percussion, exploring the possible extensions and permutations of so-called “unpitched” percussion instruments. Nick has been performing early versions of the piece at various Austin venues over the last year, performances I was fortunate enough to hear in person, so when I approached Nick about doing an album for KSE, I was very excited when he offered to do a new recording of Objects, a piece I’d been hearing grow and develop and which I could still feel in my bones (you’ll know what that means when you hear the piece…it somehow connects with the listener on a primal/cellular level). Engineer Andrew Stoltz did a rich, resonant recording of the piece at the Art Institute of Austin, and we present it to you on professionally-replicated cdr’s for a memorable listening experience.

I’ve been following Nick Hennies’ work since about 2006, and when I first saw him perform, I was completely transfixed by his virtuoso technique and his stamina and precision. That’s been put to use in his masterful performances of the contemporary music canon, including recording works of Lucier and Malfatti, and performing (with the wonderful Austin New Music Co-op) works by Arnold Dreyblatt and Cornelius Cardew, among others. Nick also has done fine work in the free-improv vein with many international heavyweights (and performances at a number of NO IDEA Festivals). Also, he is a member of two of the finest outre bands in Austin (which I won’t even begin to try to label or categorize), THE WEIRD WEEDS and WACO GIRLS.

As part of the Austin New Music Co-op, Nick will be involved with a staging of the COMPLETE epic composition THE GREAT LEARNING, by the late British composer and AMM-co-founder Cornelius Cardew. This will be performed over two days, the 5th and 6th of May, at Central Presbyterian Church in Austin. Read more about it at the ANMC website: 

  the Austin New Music Co-op (w/ Hennies) performs “Paragraph 5” from Cornelius Cardew’s THE GREAT LEARNING, Spring 2010, Mexican-American Cultural Center, Austin, TX

solo NH set at 2011 No Idea Festival–San Antonio

Don’t miss this album, an important new work of solo percussion from one of the most interesting and constantly-surprising figures on the new-music scene…and featuring an original cover painting by Bob Bruno (ex-Circus Maximus co-leader, Noah Howard sideman).  We’ve already moved 45 of the 99 numbered copies, so act now. $7.00 ppd. via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com .

And while you are placing that order, why not try some of our other music and poetry releases?


poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):

KSE #185, Michael Layne Heath, “Jazzbo Wind.”

KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”

KSE #174,  Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, “Digging a Grave.”

KSE #173,  Bill Shute, “Butterfly Mind.”


3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #194 (3-inch CDR), Venison Whirled , “xibalba.”

KSE #186, (3-inch CDR), Parashi, “Zone of Alienation.”

KSE #183 (3-inch CDR), Kuschty Rye Ergot, “Senescence.”

KSE #182 (3-inch CDR), Sean Gadoury, “Arc Light.”

KSE #179 (3-inch CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Minus.”


full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)

KSE #175 (CDR),  Alfred 23 Harth, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  III.”



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