RED CANOPY (KSE #200, 3-inch CDR)
Alfred 23 Harth—-reeds, taepyeongso, guitar
Chang U Choi—-bass
We’re proud to present a new SECOND release from the legendary German free-music pioneer ALFRED 23 HARTH, “RED CANOPY,” a trio recording featuring Korean musicians sOo-jung Kae on piano and Chang U Choi on bass. While Harth’s earlier cdr for KSE, “micro-saxo-phone.edition III” (KSE #175) was a blistering exploration of extended techniques on various reed instruments, often electronically altered, RED CANOPY is a beautiful and stimulating trio set that’s almost like a post-modern extension of the chamber-jazz-trio aesthetic best exemplified by the Jimmy Guiffre/Paul Bley trio. Harth’s acerbic tone and lyrical yet free passages dart in and out, while Ms. Kae’s rich yet sparse playing actually does have echoes of Bley here and there, but rooted in 20th Century avant ideas. Mr. Choi’s bass playing, bringing out the wood of the instrument, is polyrhythmic and harmonically daring, making him the perfect foil for the other two players. And just when you think you have this figured out from my write-up…you look at the credits and notice that THE PARTS WERE ALL RECORDED SEPARATELY AND INDEPENDENT OF ANY KNOWLEDGE OF THE OTHER PARTS and layered on top of each other. Alfred Harth’s huge catalogue of recordings has an incredible diversity (I’ve been listening to his music since getting a copy of CANADIAN CUP OF COFFEE as a high school student in 1974), but there is really nothing else like this.
A limited edition of 123 copies (55 of which we’ve already moved), RED CANOPY can be had for $5 postpaid ANYWHERE, payable via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com. Early response to this release has been fantastic, many listeners saying that they program the disc (17:37 in length) on “repeat’ and spend an hour or two with it. KSE thanks Mr. Harth, Ms. Kae, and Mr. Choi for the opportunity to release such a pure and original work from such internationally-regarded artists on our micro-label from San Antonio, Texas.
Copies of Harth’s earlier KSE disc are almost gone. Don’t miss out on this one. Order now via paypal. Please include a note w/ yr paypal payment telling me which release(s) you are purchasing. And while you are at it, why not sample some of our other forward-thinking poetry and music releases:
CHAPBOOKS/CDR’s NOW AVAILABLE:
poetry chapbooks ($5 each, ppd.):
KSE #193, Michael Casey, “The Wall Board Knife.”
KSE #187, Bill Shute, “Surrounded by the Moment.” Sound Library Series, Volume 60.
KSE #185, Michael Layne Heath, “Jazzbo Wind.”
KSE #181, John Sweet, “Continuum.”
KSE #180, Bill Shute, “Autumn.” Sound Library Series, Volume 59.
KSE #174, Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal, “Digging a Grave.”
KSE #173, Bill Shute, “Butterfly Mind.” Sound Library Series, Volume 58.
3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)
KSE #198 (3-inch cdr), MATAMOROS (Derek Rogers & Lee Dockery), “Five-Toned Rows.”
KSE #191 (3-inch CDR), Massimo Magee & Tim Green, “Direct To Tape.”
KSE #200 (3-inch CDR), Alfred 23 Harth/Soojung Kae/Chang U Choi, “Red Canopy.”
KSE #194 (3-inch CDR), Venison Whirled, “Xibalba.”
KSE #185 (3-inch CDR), Belltonesuicide, “non-conformist.”
KSE #186 (3-inch CDR), Parashi, “Zone of Alienation.”
full-sized CDR’s ($7.00 each, ppd.)
KSE #199 (CDR), Brent Fariss, “Four Environments…Collapsing.”
KSE #189 (CDR), Nick Hennies, “Objects.”
KSE #175 (CDR), Alfred 23 Harth, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition III.”
KSE #201 (CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Disturbing The Dust.”
KSE #171 (CDR), Bill Shute, “San Antonio Sky Songs.” 40+ minute spoken-word poetry CDR of material from 2006-2009
payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com (note: to speed up your order, please send a note along with paypal payment listing numbers/titles of items ordered…thanks!)
As always, thanks for your support of KSE and of micro-presses and micro-labels everywhere.