Kendra Steiner Editions

November 30, 2016

now available, Alfred 23 Harth’s BERLIN ENSEMBLES (KSE #363, cdr album)

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Alfred 23 Harth’s BERLIN ENSEMBLES

KSE #363, cdr album

with Alfred 23 Harth, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Clayton Thomas, Fabrizio Spera, Elliott Sharp

recorded live in Berlin, November 2015

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$8 postpaid in the USA

Outside the USA, get both BERLIN ENSEMBLES  AND Harth’s previous KSE album         KEPLER 452b EDITION      (or TWO copies of BERLIN, if you already have Kepler)             for just $20 postpaid

see below for ordering information


A23H’s Berlin Ensembles
1. Scheunenviertel Aufsturz              27:14
2. Tacheles Smombie                     
12:46
3. Mummerehlen Gespenstermauer   32:20

Alfred 23 Harthts, bcl, tr, synth, taepyeongso, dojirak, jaw harp, composition 1.- 3.
Kazuhisa Uchihashielec. guitar, daxophone, composition 1.- 3.
Clayton Thomas – double bass, objects, composition 1.- 3.
Fabrizio Spera – drums, composition 1.- 3.
Elliott Sharp – electroacoustic guitar, composition 3.
recorded by Jazzkeller 69 at
Aufsturz-Klub Berlin, 2015.11.12

original cover art by MP Landis

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Payment is via paypal, using the e-mail address   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com   . It might be helpful for you to also shoot me an e-mail telling me you’ve sent funds and what books you want…or if you prefer, tell me what books/cdr’s you want, and I’ll send you a paypal invoice.

Cost in the USA is $8 postpaid.

OUTSIDE THE USA , one album is $18.00 postpaid, first two albums are $20.00 postpaid, then $8 each postpaid after that—sorry, but it now costs almost $14 US to send one CDR overseas….you save A LOT by buying more than one—in fact, the price on an order of two or more HAS GONE DOWN!     Outside US: 1 album= $18, 2 albums= $20, 3 albums= $28, etc. Thanks for your understanding of this. The Post Office now charges $13.75 to mail ONE cdr without a jewel box to Europe or Asia!)

When I was working with A23H on getting this album ready for release, he was quite emphatic about presenting it as a GROUP album, not an Alfred Harth album with sidemen, and that’s obvious from the first twenty seconds. This is a sound canvas on which each of these esteemed gentlemen listen to each other and balance and shade and dance with the negative space—-it’s also an orgasmic scream of joy!—-they weave a kind of sonic Mobius strip with no inside or outside. I hate to drop names, but I want people to discover this album and making references can help someone to realize “hey, I NEED this album.” I’d say imagine a quintet version of the Alan Silva Celestial Communication Orchestra  on BYG, or a small group featuring Frank Wright and Sonny Sharrock and the Center of the World rhythm section of Kent Carter and Muhammad Ali if they’d just been locked in for a weekend at a Cy Twombly exhibition… As we say here in Texas, it’s a BARN-BURNER of an album.

Alfred Harth has a long history with the city of Berlin, which he recounts in the beautiful, poetic  liner notes which accompany the album (those notes are available in either German or English….let me know which you want when ordering….), dating back to his first performance there in 1968. He also has deep roots with musicians Kazuhisa Uchihashi (who was featured with A23H on the KSE album THE EXPATS from 2013), Fabrizio Spera, & Elliott Sharp, each of whom is a unique presence here, and Clayton Thomas, with whom A23H was working for the first time, brings a fresh perspective and virtuoso technique—I’m really looking forward to hearing more of CT’s work. If some other label put this out, I’d label it album of the year. If you’re looking for free-improv, action-painting-in-sound that moves like multiple snakes in the water…you can never anticipate what complex maneuvers they are up to, but the slinky, rhythmic movement is endlessly unfolding and swirling…this is it. Three extended performances, totaling over 72 minutes. If you’d been in the audience in Berlin that night,you’d never forget it. Now get that fix right where YOU are.

BERLIN ENSEMBLES……get your copy now….

all sale copies  of BERLIN ENSEMBLES replicated on high-quality, long-lasting  JVC/Taiyo-Yuden cdr’s imported from Japan

OTHER CDR ALBUMS STILL AVAILABLE from KSE:

KSE #357 (CDR), SMOKEY EMERY/VENISON WHIRLED, “Turning Into”

KSE #355 (CDR), MORE EAZE, “wOrk”

KSE #359 (CDR), TOM CREAN & MATT ROBIDOUX, “blank space”

KSE #353 (CDR), FOSSILS, “Camelot Towers”

KSE #336 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH, “Kepler 452b Edition”

KSE #351 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE, “Music In 3 Spaces”

KSE #350 (CDR) ANTHONY GUERRA / BILL SHUTE, “Subtraction” KSE reissue of album originally released in 2011 on Black Petal Records, Australia 

KSE #335 (CDR album), REVEREND RAYMOND BRANCH, “Rainbow Gospel Hour…On The Air!”—a wonderful hour-long AM-radio broadcast, mastered from cassette, capturing the warmth and joy of Rev. Branch in both music (lots of it) and spoken message

KSE #334 (CDR album), BRIAN RURYK, “Actual Size…degress again” (sic)

KSE #333 (CDR album), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Tunnels” solo 12-string acoustic mantra guitar

KSE #331, “KSE 10th ANNIVERSARY ALBUM” featuring newly recorded, exclusive tracks from members of the KSE family: ALFRED 23 HARTH,  SARAH HENNIES, RAMBUTAN, VANESSA ROSSETTO, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, DEREK ROGERS, BRENT FARISS, MATT KREFTING, GRAHAM LAMBKIN, and MASSIMO MAGEE

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

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

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

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

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

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ALFRED 23 HARTH

November 22, 2016

new Bill Shute poetry collection, DOWN AND OUT IN GULFPORT AND BILOXI, available from Amazon in North America and Europe!

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BILL  SHUTE

DOWN AND OUT IN GULFPORT AND BILOXI

containing the three 2015 Gulf Coast poems: DOWN AND OUT IN GULFPORT AND BILOXI ; THIRTY SECONDS OVER PENSACOLA ; PANAMA CITY BLUES

a beautiful 26-page, 8″ x 11″ professionally printed edition with original cover art by ALFRED 23 HARTH….and issued thanks to the invaluable formatting and publishing expertise of Wyatt Doyle from New Texture

available from all North American and European branches of AMAZON (and it will be printed in your home territory, so it won’t be an “import” with expensive postage but a domestic purchased!)    Only $9.95 US….

ORDER HERE IN THE USA:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1536814776/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_t2_3v9eyb38XRYRB

ORDER HERE IN THE UK:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gulfport-Biloxi-Kendra-Steiner-Editions/dp/1536814776/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

ORDER HERE FOR CONTINENTAL EUROPE:

https://www.amazon.de/Gulfport-Biloxi-Kendra-Steiner-Editions/dp/1536814776/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

The signature KSE chapbook style grew out of necessity–like a film-maker whose style has been adapted to the use of short-ends, we used what we had and made a virtue of it (I also think of the “herms” of Robert Indiana, creating a form based on available materials). We’ll continue to issue a steady stream of works in that format, but now we are joining the 21st century (to some extent, with one foot always firmly placed in the 70’s DIY-punk aesthetic with a twist of D. A. Levy’s mimeo-underground and, of course, Warhol) with a new series of 8″ x 11″ professionally published poetry collections, containing a number of pieces each, both brand-new poems and republications of long-out-of-print pieces which have been requested. These have been carefully re-formatted for the larger page with appropriate new fonts, and I must say that THIS is how open-field poetry should appear on the page. As with the four-volume complete poems of Larry Eigner or the old Cape Goliard/Grossman  editions of Paul Blackburn and Charles Olson which were so influential to me in my development (I carried around a copy of Blackburn’s IN, ON, OR ABOUT THE PREMISES as a teenager), the 8 x 11 page is large enough to allow the pieces to breathe and to emphasize the visual aspect of the open-field page.

The three six-page poems collected here each present a “junk sculpture from the new gilded age” (to quote the title of an earlier spoken-word album of mine) from the shards of consciousness of characters living in these culturally rich cities on the Gulf Coast: Gulfport-Biloxi/Pensacola/Panama City. Smell the salt air, taste the shrimp, get cheated out of your overtime….available NOW. We’ll be rolling out more of these large-format in the coming months/years…thanks for your support all these years as I’ve issued the smaller format chapbooks, the spoken-word poetry albums, and the poetry-and-music albums.

If you don’t have any of my poetry chapbooks or books, THIS is the one to get….

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November 9, 2016

Cameron Mitchell as Cesar Borgia in IL DUCA NERO, aka The Black Duke (Italy 1963)

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CAMERON MITCHELL as Cesar Borgia in

IL DUCO NERO (aka The Black Duke, aka Cesare Borgia)

Italy 1963, directed by Pino Mercanti

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Another masterful performance by the great Cameron Mitchell,  as Cesar Borgia

This review is of an old US television print entitled CAESAR BORGIA. This is a beautifully shot, well-written, and well-acted Italian historical biography of the legendary Caesar Borgia, a man who lived a short but eventful life, is said to have been one of the inspirations for Machiavelli’s The Prince, and fought to unify Italy. Widely admired and widely disliked, Borgia is not an easy person to put a simple label on, and this excellent film presents him as a three-dimensional character, fascinating and complex. He utilizes power effectively and is a fierce warrior, but his enemies often show themselves to be motivated by selfish and cynical reasons. Cameron Mitchell, who is fortunately allowed to voice his own dialogue (which he does not in the English language versions of films such as Erik The Conqueror or Blood and Black Lace), turns in one of his best performances (and his is a career full of fine performances) as the Black Duke. The script requires a number of speeches, and the stage-trained Mr. Mitchell delivers each one as if performing a Shakespearean soliloquy. Borgia may be ruthless, but his humanity is well-captured by Mitchell, and his realization that he has few true friends leads the viewer to empathize with him. The film is well-paced, the various subplots (a secret society called The Black Carnation is out to assassinate Borgia; his sister Lucretia Borgia has a complex relationship with her brother and is a complex character herself;Borgia’s romantic entanglements)well-integrated into the main story. Also, action fans will enjoy the many exciting fencing sequences. Director Pino Mercanti’s film directly prior to this one was KNIGHT OF 100 FACES with Lex Barker, and after this he helmed GENTLEMEN OF THE NIGHT with Guy Madison, but THE BLACK DUKE/CAESAR BORGIA may well be his masterpiece. The film holds up very well today and should be revived today and given a DVD reissue. My copy was taped off a UHF TV station in the late 1980s. By the way, the ending of the film came as quite a surprise to me. Obviously, I know the “end” of the real historical character, but where the filmmakers chose to end the film and the “spin” they put on the character and that particular ending were quite powerful– in fact, the ending helps to put the film in a special class beyond mere genre film. It’s rare to get a three-dimensional view of a historical character in any film–to get one in an Italian costume drama is not often expected. Try to find this film if you can. (note: review originally published in 2003)

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