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
$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 Harth – ts, bcl, tr, synth, taepyeongso, dojirak, jaw harp, composition 1.- 3.
Kazuhisa Uchihashi – elec. 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
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)
ALFRED 23 HARTH