Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

April 11, 2016

new album from ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “TUNNELS” (KSE #333)

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“TUNNELS” (KSE #333, CDR album)

solo acoustic 12-string guitar

full-sized CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd. in US—outside US minimum order of TWO albums….first two albums are $20.00 postpaid, then $8 each postpaid after that )

payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

please provide a note with your order listing the items you’ve ordered and your mailing address….thanks!


During the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, 32 Palestinian tunnels, 14 of which went into Israel, were found. I was struck by the subterranean horror of these tunnels, along with the desperation their creation represented. I also was unnerved by the military tactic of random surprise kidnappings. It all seemed something out of a nightmare. My piece “Tunnels” is an offering, a mantra of peace, and a quest for light in the darkness of this political landscape. My intention was to create a calmative and ruminative strumming that would help give faith in the process of life.–ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE (April 2016)

As someone who grew up wrapping my mind around the guitar albums of Fred Frith, Derek Bailey, Jean-Francois Pauvros, Hans Reichel, Sonny Sharrock, Loren Mazzacane Connors, Robbie Basho, etc., I have always treasured albums by those intrepid explorers who chart new territory on guitar/banjo/bajo sexto, etc. Therefore, it’s been exciting for KSE to have an ongoing relationship with West Coast composer and guitar visionary ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE. He’s recorded a number of albums for KSE, both solo and with folks such as Lisa Cameron and Lee Dockery, and he had the pivotal lead-off track on the KSE 10th Anniversary album, a virtuoso six-minute splatter guitar piece, which served as an entryway into an album full of heavy-hitters such as Alfred 23 Harth, Sarah Hennies, Matt Krefting, Vanessa Rossetto, and Graham Lambkin. He also was the headlining artist at the KSE 6th Anniversary event in Austin.

TUNNELS presents a new and unique application of the “mantra strumming” guitar technique Ernesto has presented on previous albums such as Civilian Life and Wistful Entrance, Wistful Exit. Just imagine a sound version of the slow flow of thick water on a Louisiana bayou, pulsating under the surface and creating ever-changing circles, pulling down different random reeds with each pulsation, the previously knocked-down ones gradually pulling themselves back up, with occasional leaves and twigs and debris adding texture-in-motion to the scene, a scene where the form is ever-becoming. This 43-minute piece has a similar kind of slowly pulsating, ever-changing FLOW, and the chiming sweet-and-sour tone and rich harmonies of a 12-string guitar add yet more depth and complexity to the sound canvas.

In his statement about the album, Ernesto wrote, “My intention was to create a calmative and ruminative strumming that would help give faith in the process of life.” He certainly achieved THAT to the n-th degree on TUNNELS. If I were you, I’d put this on after midnight, pour out an ounce of complex Islay scotch, open the windows, and put TUNNELS on repeat….let it mix with the outside environment and the smoky peaty taste of the scotch. The tyranny of time will evaporate and the album can serve as the catalyst for a truly transcendent experience….there may be a heck of a lot wrong with the world, but an album such as TUNNELS reminds me that there are artists out there who have tapped into a higher-key, both elevating and primal.

Don’t miss this unique and powerful album. See ordering instructions above.

You can read critical articles about Ernesto Diaz-Infante’s recent work at the following links:

This is the first of our new releases (not counting the compilation album) in the 2016 schedule. It will be followed by new albums from Brian Ruryk and Reverend Raymond Branch over the coming month, and then we will take a break for the second half of May and come back with three more new albums in June, including ones from Alfred 23 Harth and Massimo Magee. Please stay tuned….and thanks for your support of KSE over the last ten years!

**********KSE WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE PERIOD 15 MAY- 1 JUNE 2016….You may order during that time, but it will not be shipped until 2 or 3 June….thanks for your understanding….

While ordering TUNNELS, why not also score some of our other albums and poetry chapbooks:

 full-sized CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd. in US—outside US minimum order of TWO albums….first two albums are $20.00 postpaid, then $8 each postpaid after that )

KSE #331, KSE 10th Anniversary compilation album with Alfred 23 Harth, Sarah Hennies, Derek Rogers, Massimo Magee, Vanessa Rossetto, Rambutan, Graham Lambkin, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Brent Fariss, and Matt Krefting.

KSE #320, MIKE BARRETT & TOM CREAN, “Casual Luddites”

KSE #328, LISA CAMERON & NATHAN BOWLES, “Liquid Sunshine” percussion duo

KSE #327, BELLTONE SUICIDE (aka Mike Barrett), “Wave Table Erotica”

KSE #324, FOSSILS, “Modern Architecture”….cover art by Wyatt Doyle

KSE #326, MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio), “Abandoning Finitude”….cover art by Bob Bruno

KSE #322,  WEREWHEELS (Sir Plastic Crimewave & Dawn Aquarius), “Live, Raw and Psycho In Japan”

KSE #318, ALFRED 23 HARTH & JOHN BELL, “Camellia”

KSE #316, MASSIMO MAGEE & DAVID W. STOCKARD, “Interrogatories”


KSE #310, MORE EAZE (Marcus M. Rubio), “Accidental Prizes”

KSE #296, THE GARMENT DISTRICT (featuring Jennifer Baron), “Luminous Toxin”

KSE #293, MORE EAZE (Marcus M. Rubio), “Stylistic Deautomatization” (reissued)



($6 US ppd/$7 elsewhere ppd)

KSE #325 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Trickle-Down City Limits”

KSE #329 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Good To Do, Good To Have Done”

KSE #319 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Sculpture Garden In The Snow” Creel Pone Sound Study #11

KSE #317 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Inventing One’s Own Land”

KSE #306 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Manipulating Ambiguity”

KSE #302 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Satori In Lake Charles”

payment via paypal to    django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

Please include a note with your paypal order including the items ordered AND your mailing address (which Paypal often fails to provide me)….thanks!

Also, in April, May, and June 2016, orders of 3 or more items will receive (if specifically requested, be sure to mention it in your note with Paypal order) a free private-release KSE album (our choice from about 10 different ones, and we keep track of who gets what, so you will be guaranteed to get a different one with each order…NO repeats!) of rare vintage public domain archival recordings, all of which are on albums in editions of under 20, and some under 15, which are not for sale anywhere….only as free gifts to friends of KSE. 

Questions? Write to  django5722 (at) yahoo (dot) com   . Thanks for your support!


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