Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

July 22, 2014

new from ALFRED 23 HARTH, “China Collection” (KSE #275, cdr album)

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“China Collection”

KSE #275 (CDR album)       Mr. Harth’s 6th release for KSE!!!

$8 US postpaid / $11 elsewhere postpaid

including liner note insert from A23H describing the project and each track in detail

payment via paypal to   DJANGO5722(at)YAHOO(dot)COM

please leave a note w/ your paypal order indicating which items you want and also yr mailing address


With a 45+ year career at the forefront of the international music avant-garde, ALFRED 23 HARTH refuses to settle down or to find a predictable avant-shtick and then milk that for a comfortable living (as a number of his contemporaries are doing, paid back with a stylish airbrushed photo on the cover of THE WIRE). Harth continues to be an uncontrollable force in the 21st Century avant-garde, collaborating with people who were not even born in the 80’s when he was in Cassiber or recorded for ECM for the second time.

The ambitious and audacious CHINA COLLECTION is proof that A23H has no peers in the international underground. This 70+ minute assemblage is truly epic in scope and dense in texture, while still having room to breathe—-in the tradition of Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow or Melville’s Mardi or Moby Dick, it’s got EVERYTHING in it, and something else comes into focus with each listening. It’s also full of references and allusions and mirrorings that keep the mind swimming.

Having lived and worked in Asia for nearly 15  years now, Harth and his work have grown Asian roots–initially in his Korean home base, then extending into Japan, first within Otomo Yoshihide’s ensembles (2004-2008) and then with Carl Stone (and, incidentally,  the Harth-Stone duo GIFT FIG will be performing doing a September 2014 tour in South Africa!). Since 2011, Mr. Harth has extended his Asian radius toward emerging young scenes in China, and the new CHINA COLLECTION album is a summary of those rich musical experiences.

From recontextualized slice-and-dice opera to riveting improvisational sequences to  electronics to string passages to disembodied voices to turntabling to lyrical reed passages to every imaginable permutation of a seemingly limitless collection of sound sources, the CHINA COLLECTION is a massive release, and every copy comes with a liner-note insert where Mr. Harth discusses the overall project and each track in detail. It’s not just a comprehensive “sampler” of Harth’s China-related activity the last few years; it’s also a sound-sculpture created FROM those pieces of activity,including sound sources from: Cheng Xu, Jun-Y Ciao, MaiMai, Yi Tao, A23H (Shanghai Quintet), Alok, Dickson Dee, Sherman Ho, Sin:Ned (Hong Kong), Duo Goebbels/Harth LP Frankfurt/Peking + Otomo Yoshihide’s / Ground Zero’s Revolutionary Pekinese Opera Ver.1.28 (Peking Opera Remix III), and Albrecht Kunze.  Although this is Harth’s 6th release for KSE, it is totally different from each of the others, and as someone who has been listening to experimental music since my teenage years, I can say that I’ve NEVER heard anything remotely like this. You could isolate any two minute chunk of this album and spend a day getting into its construction and its juxtapositions and the world it creates. Score another goal for number 23!

It’s a limited hand-assembled, hand-numbered DIY edition of 153 CDR’s, and nearly 1/3 of them are gone already, so get yours now while you still can.

A23H ChinaCollection

We still have a limited number of Alfred 23 Harth’s previous KSE release,  also available for $8 US and $11 elsewhere:

KSE #257 (CDR),  ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  IV.”

A23H China Collection cover pic


Also available from KSE:

full-sized CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd. in US—outside US $11 )


KSE #281 (CDR), FOSSILS, “Wooly Bully” (a co-release with Middle James Co., only 20 copies available from KSE)

KSE #279 (CDR), ERNESTO-DIAZ INFANTE, “wistful entrance, wistful exit”

KSE #277 (CDR), URKAS, “Stamen and Pistil”

URKAS is the duo of Parashi (Mike Griffin) and Xanthocephalus (Russ Alderson)


KSE #268    (CDR ), CATHAL RODGERS (ex-Wereju), “Instrumental Conditioning”

KSE #271 (CDR), FOSSILS/BILL SHUTE, “Diesel Fallout Dixie Stampede”

KSE #264 (CDR), EGG, EGGS, “Off Yellow Soft Pillow” 

KSE #288 (CDR, spoken-word poetry), BILL SHUTE, “Worried Men and Wooden Soldiers: Bill Shute reads selected 2013-2014 poems,”  produced by Marcus Rubio

and a limited reissue of an old classic KSE 3″ mini-cdr, now on a full-sized cdr reissue

KSE #283 (CDR), SMOKEY EMERY (aka Daniel Hipolito), “Incident At Town Lake” 


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