Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

January 22, 2012

new ALFRED 23 HARTH / CARL STONE album, “GIFT FIG” (KSE #207), available now!

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KSE #207,       full-length CDR,     $8.00 (US) postpaid/$10 outside US postpaid

released 15 January 2012

payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com…please leave a note w/ your order indicating which item you are ordering…

Carl  Stone   and   Alfred  23  Harth

The German multi-instrumentalist free-improv, free-jazz master ALFRED 23 HARTH meets American electronic music pioneer CARL STONE live in Japan and Germany on this new album from Kendra Steiner Editions, “GIFT FIG” (KSE #207). Any album from either gentleman is always 1) an event and 2) totally different from the last album and from anything anyone else is doing. That’s what happening here in a series of almost telepathic live duos. It’s fitting that the title, GIFT FIG, is a palindrome because both Harth and Stone merge into one another and it’s hard to tell where one’s work begins and the other ends. Harth and Stone both echo the other,  tease the other, finish the other’s lines, proceed along parallel paths like two teenagers drag racing on the outskirts of town and eventually heading toward each other in a game of chicken, but escaping danger in the final moment,  causing our hearts to race. Harth was one of the first of musicians emerging from the late 60’s free-jazz/free-improv scene to embrace electronics, and Stone has been at the forefront of using electronics in a live setting for decades,  improvising with the ease and flow of a Sam Rivers and the freshness and inside-out investigations of a Derek Bailey…in addition to being an important American electronic composer. Harth continues his work with extended techniques on the reed instruments, explored thoroughly in his first KSE release, Micro-Saxo-Phone. Edition III (KSE #175), and with Stone’s seemingly infinite inventory of sounds and his mirroring of Harth’s lines in chopped-and-channeled form, you may feel you are listening to a musical version of the shootout in the house of mirrors at the climax of Orson Welles’ film The Lady From Shanghai. For me, this is as significant and timeless an album as The Music Improvisation Company or Conference of the Birds.

Thanks for Mr. Harth and Mr. Stone for allowing KSE to release this exciting and totally original album. Only 133 copies, hand-assembled and hand-numbered, on a professionally replicated disc for superb sound. $8.00 postpaid anywhere—-we want this music to be heard everywhere so we keep expenses low and prices cheap.

Visit Mr. Harth online at

Visit Mr. Stone online at

And don’t forget to try some of KSE’s other releases of contemporary experimental music on CDR, all limited hand-numbered, hand-assembled limited editions (usually under 100 copies), and find out why Kendra Steiner Editions was listed as one of the ‘Best Labels of 2011’ at Foxy Digitalis:

full-sized CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd.)

KSE # 214 (CDR), SABRINA SIEGEL, “Bottlecaps”

KSE #208 (CDR), ANTHONY GUERRA & BILL SHUTE, “subtraction” (limited USA re-press of CD originally issued on Black Petal Records, Australia)


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.”


3″ mini-cdr’s ($5.00 each, ppd.)

note: we have released the final cdr in the 3″ format (ST 37) and will allow these to sell out and go out of print as we enter 2012; they will not be re-pressed ever, so get the ones you want NOW…

KSE #205 , ST 37, “K B D P” 

KSE #203,  R. LEE DOCKERY, “Live at the Salvage Vanguard Theater”

KSE #196 , SMOKEY EMERY, “Incident at Town Lake”

KSE #202, BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings”


KSE #198 ( 3-inch CDR), MATAMOROS  (R. Lee Dockery and Derek Rogers), “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.”



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