Kendra Steiner Editions

April 27, 2017

new album from ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “MANITAS” (KSE #372)

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ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “MANITAS” (KSE #372, cdr album)

uninterrupted solo classical guitar performance, 44:25

ernesto manitas

It’s always an honor to bring out a new album from West Coast guitarist and composer ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE. I grew up listening to the mind-bending guitar experimentation of Sonny Sharrock, Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, Hans Reichel, savoring and studying their albums. KSE hopes to keep that tradition alive for today’s listeners by featuring new creations from Ernesto on the West Coast and Tom Crean on the East Coast.

We brought Ernesto in from San Francisco in 2012 for the KSE 6th Anniversary Concert in Austin, and while his performances (he did both solo and trio sets) were stunning, what was perhaps most impressive to me at that show was his amazing virtuoso abilities as a performer. He would do a piece that would last for fifteen or more minutes, that was incredibly EXACT in every way and at a fever pitch. The stamina and self-discipline involved made my jaw drop. Many of his more athletic pieces have had that effect on listeners–I know that having seen Cecil Taylor do three nights of solo piano in 1977, and having seen Sarah Hennies do long uninterrupted intricate percussion performances of her demanding and long compositions in the 2008-2011 Austin period, that Ernesto is for me in that same category.

And speaking of Cecil Taylor, he was an inspiration for this new MANITAS album. Let’s let Mr. Diaz-Infante explain about the album:

“Manitas” means ‘little hands’ in Spanish—on one hand a personal reaction to the political climate of Trump, and in another sense this idea of our hands working away at what we love. It’s a 44 minute structured improvisation of solo classical guitar. It was inspired by listening to Cecil Taylor’s ‘Air Above Mountains’. It’s a spectral way of playing I have been developing, of avoiding melodies or harmonies, and using extended techniques, strumming, free-form fingering and picking, that verges on noise. I’m interested in automatism, letting the unconscious mind take control.–Ernesto Diaz-Infante

Every album by ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE tackles a new compositional and performance challenge, and MANITAS is the latest in the artist’s fascinating journey.  On past albums he has brought out the inherent possibilities of the Bajo Sexto and the 12 String Guitar, on MANITAS, he uses the rich tonal palette of the nylon-stringed classical guitar–a beautiful, resonant, full-bodied sound.   Get your copy now!

ERNESTO MANITAS PIC

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 items you want…or if you prefer, tell me what books/cdr’s you want, and I’ll send you a paypal invoice.

All CDR’s are $8.00, postpaid in the USA.

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! Suggestion: if you are ordering from overseas, why not get Ernesto’s previous KSE album TUNNELS (KSE #333) as your second album (for just $2 extra from the cost of 1 album because of the odd international postage rates!). Only $20 postpaid outside the US for BOTH Ernesto Diaz-Infante albums. Or any two available KSE albums.

1 album= $18, 2 albums= $20, 3 albums= $28, etc. Thanks for your understanding of this. The Post Office now charges $14.50 to mail ONE cdr without a jewel box to Europe or Asia!

ALSO AVAILABLE FOR THE SAME PRICES:

KSE #369, A. F. JONES, “FOUR DOT THREE TO ONE”

KSE #362, FOSSILS & BILL SHUTE, “Florida Nocturne Revisited”….new interpretations of Shute’s Florida Nocturne Poems

KSE #370, “KSE 11th ANNIVERSARY ALBUM” featuring newly recorded, exclusive tracks from members of the KSE family and friends: JEN HILL, VANESSA ROSSETTO, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, LISA CAMERON, BRIAN RURYK, FOSSILS, MORE EAZE, JOHN BELL, MASSIMO MAGEE, MATTHEW REVERT, STEVE FLATO

KSE #355 (CDR), MORE EAZE, “wOrk”

KSE #357 (CDR) SMOKEY EMERY / VENISON WHIRLED, “turning into”

KSE #363 (CDR) ALFRED 23 HARTH’s BERLIN ENSEMBLES

KSE #359 (CDR), TOM CREAN & MATT ROBIDOUX, “Blank Space”–cover art by Jennifer Baron

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

As always, many thanks for your support.

Please note that KSE WILL BE CLOSED MAY 15-MAY 30, 2017–no orders shipped during that period…and no internet access, as I’ll be deep in rural Mississippi, one block from the Mississippi River.

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