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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April 11, 2016

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

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ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE

“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 )

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ERNESTO TUNNELS

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:

http://www.vitalweekly.net/945.html
http://www.acousticmusic.com/fame/p09868.htm
https://touchingextremes.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/ernesto-diaz-infante-wistful-entrance-wistful-exit/

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 #314, BELLTONE SUICIDE, NON-CONFORMIST SESSIONS

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)

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NEWEST POETRY CHAPBOOKS:

($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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June 24, 2015

new from LISA CAMERON & ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Sol Et Terra” (KSE #299)

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LISA ERNESTO LIVE

higher-key sonic alchemy of the deepest and most profound sort

the duo of LISA CAMERON & ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE

“Sol Et Terra”   (KSE #299, cdr album)

$8  US  postpaid / $11.50 elsewhere postpaid

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LISA ERNESTO COVER

Lisa Cameron–percussion, electronics, lap steel

Ernesto Diaz-Infante–12 string acoustic guitar

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recorded by Marjorie Sturm at (Next Door to the

Jefferson Airplane Studios), San Francisco, 9/2013

Mastered by Dylan Cameron

1. Rise 2. The House at Pooneil Corners

3. Sun Psychic 4. Stars Within Stars

5. Queen of Pentacles 6.Labor and Fruits

7. Imagination Eye 8. The Daughter 

Ernesto Diaz-Infante, west-coast composer and guitar/bajo sexto visionary, and Lisa Cameron, Texas psychedelic shaman, percussionist and multi-instrumentalist,  first played together at the KSE 6th Anniversary Concert in Austin in 2012 (see poster below). Since then, Lisa has traveled out to the Bay Area a few times to work and record with Ernesto, and the rapport of these two is nothing short of musical alchemy. SOL ET TERRA was recorded at Ernesto’s home studio, and once again, these two deliver something amazing and unexpected. There is a lot of Ernesto’s hypnotic close-miked raga-like “strumming” style, and when that’s mixed with Lisa’s tribal-psych percussion and warped jagged lap-steel and various electronic treatments, it’s hard to tell the contributions of the two musicians apart. As with all higher-key sounds (think Ya Ho Wa 13 or Book of Shadows), this is music of the elements, fire-water-earth-air, and it creates a kind of rarefied sacred-space wherever you listen to it. Reference points include Ya Ho Wa 13 (minus the chanting) or Hans Reichel’s BONOBO, maybe also BEAT OF THE EARTH or the Velvets Exploding Plastic Inevitable boot. I cannot speak highly enough of the magic(k)al feel this music creates (and documents). This San Francisco-Austin axis continues to bear rich fruit. I believe this is the fourth KSE release for both Ernesto and for Lisa, and we are proud to work with this transcendent duo.

Some of these tracks also appear in the soundtrack to the acclaimed feature film THE CULT OF JT LEROY, directed by Marjorie Sturm, and coming to a film festival near you. I should also mention that Lisa just got back from a month-long tour (with ST 37) backing ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE across North America.  SOL ET TERRA presents two contemporary masters at the top of their game….as we said above, it’s higher-key sonic alchemy of the deepest and most profound sort.

Get your copy now….$8 US and $11.50 elsewhere, postpaid. We also have a limited number of copies of Lisa’s recent Venison Whirled CDR album TETRAGRAMMATONES on the Eh! label, which you can get for an extra $8 or $11.50 with an order for SOL ET TERRA (It’s not available separately). I’ve got only 7 copies of this, so act fast.

LISA AND ERNESTO              ERNESTO AND LISA          two great tastes that taste great together!

KSE APRIL 2012 POSTER

And while you are ordering that, why not also get some of our 2015 releases:

KSE CDR’s OF EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC NOW AVAILABLE: 

full-sized KSE CDR’s ($8.00 each, ppd. in US—outside US $11.50)

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

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

new releases for 2015:

MORE EAZE PRIZES cover

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #310 (CDR) MORE EAZE (Marcus M. Rubio), “Accidental Prizes”

FOSSILS WITH BRIAN COVER

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #294, FOSSILS WITH BRIAN RURYK (a joint release with Middle James Co.—-only 48 copies made, 24 from Middle James, 24 from KSE)

RAMBUTAN COVER

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #305, RAMBUTAN, “Remember Me Now”

GARMENT DISTRICT cover

NEW FOR SUMMER 2015: KSE #296, THE GARMENT DISTRICT (featuring Jennifer Baron), “Luminous Toxin”

GIFT FIG STELL

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #298, GIFT FIG:  the duo of ALFRED 23 HARTH & CARL STONE, “Stellenbosch” (live in South Africa, September 2014)

MORE EAZE COVER

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #293, MORE EAZE (aka Marcus M. Rubio), “stylistic deautomatization”

STEVE FLATO

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #307, STEVE FLATO, “Exhaust System”

derek 2015

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #292, DEREK ROGERS, “Depth/Detail of Processing”

FOSSILS FLORIDA COVER

NEW FOR 2015: KSE #300 (CDR), FOSSILS & BILL SHUTE, “The Florida Nocturne Poems” (poetry and music album), cover art by MP Landis

June 17, 2014

new album from ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “wistful entrance, wistful exit” (KSE #279)

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ERNESTO  DIAZ-INFANTE

“wistful entrance, wistful exit”

KSE # 279      CDR album

$8  US postpaid   /   $11  elsewhere postpaid

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Ernesto Diaz-Infante: solo 12-string acoustic-electric guitar

1. THIS (15:27)     2. LONG (15:16)     3. MOMENT (15:19)

recorded at Next Door to the Jefferson Airplane Studios, San Francisco, 2013

ernesto album cover

Ernesto Diaz-Infante’s third release for KSE, a new studio album called WISTFUL ENTRANCE, WISTFUL EXIT, is yet another unique exploration from the internationally-acclaimed San Francisco-based guitarist and composer. Mr. Diaz-Infante is the ONLY artist KSE ever brought in from out-of-state for our series of concerts in 2011-2012, and with good reason: NO ONE anywhere does what he does. With the mind of an outside-the-box contemporary composer and a virtuoso technique on the guitar and bajo sexto, he has the ability to bring into reality STATES OF BEING through his music. His first KSE album, Emilio, was a Twombley-esque painting-in-sound that captured the insights of a quirky uncle, a jagged staccato finger-picked experience; this new album, though not unlike his “mantra strumming” on the surface, creates a very different feel from any of his previous albums. It’s a delicate, spacious, minimal album but also rich and close-miked so that the wood and the 12-string metal of the instrument come through the speakers and into your listening space. It’s like feeling the ocean waves coming, one after another, each one different, each one coming regularly but at slightly irregular intervals, while you are standing waist-deep in the water and can feel the undertow and taste the salt. You are part of the rhythm and move with it.

ernesto wave

Ernesto conceived of these pieces during a period of time when he was dealing with death in the family and was temporarily left alone. His realization that “Often life keeps us in a state where we don’t face mortality” led him to create music that documented  “an opening of time.” Each moment is expanded and explored until time fades away and we reach an eternal now….the feeling of being waist-deep in the waves and becoming one with them.

Another stunning and original creation from Ernesto Diaz-Infante. Three extended pieces that will have you waist deep in the  sea of wood and wire, one with the rhythm, in a space where time has been opened, and you enter….WISTFUL ENTRANCE, WISTFUL EXIT.

Get your copy NOW….$8 US postpaid / $11 outside US postpaid

payment via paypal   to     DJANGO5722(at)YAHOO(dot)COM     (please include note stating which items you are ordering)

AND please check below for other exciting CDR albums of experimental music and chapbooks of contemporary poetry from KSE…

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ernesto civilian

note: Ernesto’s mind-blowing album of  “mantra guitar strumming,” CIVILIAN LIFE, is still available at CD BABY….order it here:   http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ernestodiazinfante1

 

2010 interview with Ernesto Diaz-Infante by David Perron: http://www.foxydigitalis.com/foxyd/features.php?which=496

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And while you are ordering WISTFUL ENTRANCE, WISTFUL EXIT, why not pick up a few of  KSE’s  other offerings:

CHAPBOOKS/CDR’s  NOW AVAILABLE: 

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

ALL ARE AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DELIVERY

new releases for 2014:

KSE #274 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE/TIM GREEN/MAX FOWLER-ROY, “Relentless Communion”

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” 

and pre-release copies are available NOW for some of our upcoming summer releases:

KSE #277 (CDR), URKAS, “Stamen and Pistil” (URKAS is the duo of Parashi and Xanthocephalus)

KSE #275 (CDR), ALFRED 23  HARTH, “China Collection”

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SPECIAL EDITION POETRY CHAPBOOKS ($7 each US postpaid…or $8 each postpaid outside US)

KSE #272 (poetry chapbook), LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL…JIM D. DEUCHARS….MICHAEL LAYNE HEATH…. A.J. KAUFMANN….MATT KREFTING, POLYMORPHOUS URBAN: POEMS FOR LOU REED”

OTHER  poetry chapbooks ($6 each, ppd. in the US, $7 elsewhere…):

KSE #276 (art-and-poetry chapbook), DAVID PAYNE & BILL SHUTE, “Blues With A Bridge”

KSE #280 (poetry and photography chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Guide Dogs and Bartenders on the Gulf Coast”

KSE #273  (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Someplace on Anywhere Road” (Sound Library Series, Volume 75)

KSE #250 (poetry chapbook), DOUG DRAIME, “Dusk With Carol” (cover art by Wyatt Doyle)

KSE #249 (poetry chapbook) A. J. KAUFMANN, “Hosannah Honeypots” (Sound Library Series, Volume 72)

KSE #236 (poetry chapbook)  JIM  D.  DEUCHARS, “Thelonious Fakebook”  (Sound Library Series, Volume 71)

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please include a note w/ your order listing the items you are ordering and confirming your mailing address….

As always, thanks for your support of KSE and all independent, non-aligned DIY lo-fi arts collectives everywhere…

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KSE concert, trio

ERNESTO (center) w/ Lee Dockery (L) and Lisa Cameron (R) at the Kendra Steiner Editions 6th Anniversary Concert, Austin, 2012

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 ERNESTO’S PREVIOUS KSE ALBUMS (both out of  print)

ernestoERNESTO LIVE ALBUM

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ernesto beer

Ernesto’s new album goes perfectly with your favorite local microbrew!

August 11, 2013

Ernesto Diaz-Infante, “Live At the KSE 6th Anniversary Concert” (KSE #255), w/ Lisa Cameron & Lee Dockery, now available!

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ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE / LISA CAMERON / LEE DOCKERY

“Live At The KSE 6th Anniversary Concert”

KSE #255, CDR album

$8 US postpaid  /  $11 elsewhere postpaid

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ERNESTO LIVE ALBUM

In the 2011-2012 period, Kendra Steiner Editions organized and presented three concerts in Austin (four if you count the June 2012 Jandek concert we organized and co-produced), featuring (mostly) KSE recording artists and honored guests such as Greg Stuart and Rick Reed. For the third and final concert in April 2012, we were able to bring in the amazing ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE from San Francisco, in order to promote his KSE album EMILIO (KSE #206), one of our best-received and most widely reviewed releases, a tour-de-force collection of solo Bajo Sexto pieces.

Ernesto did one transcendent set, divided into two sections, at the concert: a suite of solo pieces in the vein of EMILIO,  and a trio performance with percussionist Lisa Cameron and bassist Lee Dockery, two of Austin’s finest forward-thinking musicians and both KSE recording artists. That complete show is now available on this new album ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE LIVE AT THE KSE 6TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT (KSE #255).

It’s a clean, rich live recording, which captures the depth and texture of Ernesto’s amazing solo bajo sexto explorations. Hard to believe this is just ONE musician on an acoustic instrument!  I grew up on the forward-thinking  guitar albums of Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, Hans Reichel, Sonny Sharrock, Jean-Francois Pauvros, and with Bajo Sexto being such an important part of Mexican and Mexican-American music (both here in Texas and in Ernesto’s home state of California), I am very excited about sharing this important, pioneering work with as large an audience as I can. NO ONE ELSE is doing work like this.

Ernesto Diaz-Infante received his MFA in Music Composition from California Institute of the Arts and has created musical compositions that span a broad perspective: transcendental pianonoiseavant-garde guitar,field recordingslo-fi four-track manipulations, and experimental songED-I has performed throughout Europe and the United States, and his music has been broadcasted internationally. He has recorded more than 15 CDs of music and collaborated with numerous musicans. In 2000, his composition, I/O (for chamber ensemble), was performed by the California EAR Unit. He has been awarded residencies at the Centre International de Recherche Musicale (CIRM) in Nice, France, The Millay Colony for the ArtsVilla MontalvoThe Ucross Foundation, among others. He runs Pax Recordings record label which is dedicated to the documentation, preservation, and contagion of music from the margins of our culture and psyches. He lives in San Francisco with the filmmaker/video artist Marjorie Sturm and their son and daughter.

It was a pleasure to meet and work with Ernesto on this concert. He is truly a gentleman, and his presence in the Austin/San Antonio area created quite a buzz.

KSE commissioned an original cover painting from Austin artist CARL SMITH for this album—-Carl listened to the album a number of times and created a work that captures the dynamics of trio identities and of group unity beautifully, in his signature dynamic style (Carl also did a cover for our most recent poetry chapbook from Michael Layne Heath). You can see more of Carl’s work at http://carlsmith29.wix.com/arts

This is a stunning album: one half cutting-edge solo bajo sexto explorations a la EMILIO, and one-half higher-key exploratory trio work with Lisa Cameron and Lee Dockery….order your copy now

KSE concert, trioLEE,   ERNESTO,   LISA

ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE / LISA CAMERON / LEE DOCKERY, LIVE AT THE KSE 6th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT (KSE #255)

CDR album only $8 ppd. in the US, $11 ppd. elsewhere

Also available from KSE ($8 each…and for foreign orders, only $8 if added to an order of the Ernesto live album, $11 if ordered separately)

KSE #240 (CDR) SPRILLS OF ORE (Eva Kelly), “Time Mirrors”

KSE #260 (CDR) TOM CREAN, “Wired Love” (solo guitar and banjo explorations)

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

KSE #243 (CDR), VENISON WHIRLED (aka Lisa Cameron), “The Many Moods of Venison Whirled”

KSE #254 (cdr), DJIN AQUARIAN/SIR PLASTIC CRIMEWAVE & THE EVERAFTER, Live in San Francisco 10/2011

KSE #239, (CDR) FOSSILS, “Bells and Gulls”

and also we still have the last few copies of Ernesto’s earlier album for KSE, “Emilio,” solo bajo sexto explorations

KSE #206  (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Emilio “

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

PLEASE include a note w/ your paypal order including the items you are ordering, your name/address, and your e-mail. Paypal does not always provide me w/ that information, even if you provided it to Paypal.   Many thanks…

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And be sure to also get copies of Ernesto’s other recent albums:

A HALLOWED SHELL OF ASH AND RUST, a duo album with Helena Espvall (ordering link below)

ERNESTO HELENA

http://erototoxdecodings.com/artists/ernesto-diaz-infante-helena-espvall/

and also Ernesto’s solo album of “strummed” bajo sexto, CIVILIAN LIFE, and incredible series of flowing waves of music unlike anything you’ve ever heard…the ordering link to that is also below…

ernesto civilian

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/ernestodiazinfante1

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and as mentioned above, the last few copies of EMILIO can still be gotten from KSE…

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December 20, 2011

ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Emilio” (KSE #206, cdr), 32 experimental solo bajo sexto explorations, now available!

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UPDATE: Ernesto will be performing at the Kendra Steiner Editions 6th Anniversary Concert on April 29, 2012 in Austin, TX, at the Salvage Vanguard Theater. He’ll be performing solo on the bajo sexto (in the manner of the EMILIO cd) and also in trio with bassist Lee Dockery and percussionist Lisa Cameron. Don’t miss it. Presented by the Church of the Friendly Ghost and Kendra Steiner Editions!

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ERNESTO  DIAZ-INFANTE

“Emilio”

KSE #206, full-length CDR

32 tracks of solo bajo sexto explorations

$7.oo postpaid anywhere, via paypal to  django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

San Francisco-based composer/improviser/multi-instrumentalist ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE has produced a  stunning piece of work with his new KSE album “EMILIO.”  The Bajo Sexto is an important musical instrument in Mexican and Mexican-American culture, a rich 12-stringed instrument one sees/hears all the time here in San Antonio and also in California, associated with norteño music in Mexico and conjunto music in the US.

With EMILIO, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, who knows the instrument inside out, has recorded a series of 32 unaccompanied experimental solo performances on the Bajo Sexto, each totally different from the others, essentially taking his Chicano roots into the stratosphere of a 21st century post-modern Aztlán—-beautifully close-recorded, so it sounds as if you are INSIDE the instrument. Ernesto is especially interested in the percussive possibilities of his instrument, and one hears echoes of gamelan, tibetan bells, Cage’s prepared piano pieces, hailstorms on metal roofing, Native American drumming, and much much more, all created with no studio trickery on the solo Bajo Sexto. If you have ever been excited by the guitar work, particularly the solo guitar work, of Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, Hans Reichel, Jean-Francois Pauvros, Loren Connors, John Fahey, etc., then you’ll surely become equally excited by this incredible collection. Initially this was going to be a mini-cd with about 20 minutes of music and 15 pieces, but when Ernesto sent me an early version of that, I immediately told him that the project was too important for the limited mini-cd format that a lot of people cannot play on their equipment…and that he needed to record even more material. He did, and now you can hear the full 32-track EMILIO, for me one of the most important albums of the year in the experimental solo-performance field.

Mr. Diaz-Infante is also a composer, arts program curator, and head of the forward-thinking Pax label, which offers a number of experimental and free-improv discs worth owning…you can read more about them here:

http://www.paxrecordings.com/ernesto/SelectedDiscography.html

EMILIO is a pioneering set that takes the Bajo Sexto into previously uncharted territory and rates alongside (IMHO) the classic albums of forward-thinking solo guitar improvisation. With Ernesto’s skill as a composer, each piece creates a different and fascinating world. It’s an exciting place to be, and it’s only $7 ppd. anywhere. Payment via paypal to django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

While you are ordering EMILIO, why not pick up some of our mini-cdr’s, only $5 each and soon to be out of print permanently:

KSE #205, (3-inch cdr), ST 37, “K B D P,” issued October 2011.

KSE #204, (3-inch cdr), XANTHOCEPHALUS, “3 W B,” issued August 2011.

KSE #203, (3-inch cdr), R. LEE DOCKERY, “Live at the Salvage Vanguard Theater,” issued September 2011.

KSE #202, (3-inch cdr), BOOK OF SHADOWS, “Poppets and Strings,” issued August 2011.

KSE #200 (3-inch cdr), ALFRED 23 HARTH/SOOJUNG KAE/CHANG U CHOI, “Red Canopy,” issued May 2011.

KSE #198 (3-inch cdr), MATAMOROS (Derek Rogers & Lee Dockery), “Five-Toned Rows,” issued June-July 2011.

KSE #196 (3-inch CDR), SMOKEY EMERY, “Incident at Town Lake,” issued September 2011.

KSE #191 (3-inch CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE & TIM GREEN, “Direct To Tape”, issued May-June 2011.

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Or our full-sized, full-length cdr’s, including the new ALFRED 23 HARTH / CARL STONE album “Gift Fig,” only $7 each?

KSE #207 (CDR), Alfred 23 Harth / Carl Stone, “Gift Fig.”

KSE #199 (CDR), Brent Fariss, “Four Environments….Collapsing.”

KSE #189 (CDR), Nick Hennies, “Objects.”

KSE #175 (CDR),  Alfred 23 Harth, “Micro-Saxo-Phone, Edition  III.”

KSE #201 (CDR), Andreas Brandal, “Disturbing The Dust.”

KSE #206 (CDR), Bill Shute, “Junk Sculpture from the New Gilded Age.” (2nd spoken-word poetry album)

August 22, 2017

new album from SAMUEL DUNSCOMBE and TIM OLIVE, “Zanshi” (KSE #371)

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SAMUEL DUNSCOMBE & TIM OLIVE, “ZANSHI” (KSE #371, CDR album)

$8 postpaid in the USA  (see below for foreign pricing and ordering instructions)

All sounds performed by Samuel Dunscombe and Tim Olive in Kobe, Japan (2015).
Recorded and mixed by Samuel Dunscombe
Mastered by Alan Jones (Laminal Audio)
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Artists’ statement on this album:
Zanshi: residue, vestigial traces, dregs.  Zanshi is what is left after the core of an object, sound, image, has been removed.  A faint impression, a decaying outline, perhaps in which the original is no longer clearly recognisable.  This album applies this process to a number of sound-generators: the clarinet, the guitar, radio, analogue tape, field recordings, and others.  Sounds and instruments are de-cored, hollowed out; the fragile remnants are amplified, examined from multiple angles, pushed and pulled.  You hear the faint outline of one afternoon in Kobe, Japan, 2015. (SD, TO)

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Thanks to Steve Flato for alerting me to the work of Samuel Dunscombe and Tim Olive. Little needs to be added to their statement above….except that the album is richly textured, and three-dimensional and crystalline in my mind’s eye, fully embodying the “de-cored….hollowed-out” technique of the sound sculpture heard on ZANSHI .
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The extreme alteration-through-subtraction used here (kind of a “homeopathy in sound,” if I may coin a phrase) is a technique I have always found fruitful. Growing up in the 1970’s, I was very influenced by 1960’s works such as Warhol’s silkscreens (and the ones which most distorted and redefined the original image were always the most satisfying to me) and the process of extreme subtraction and thus dislocation found in the 1962 poetry book “The Tennis Court Oath” by John Ashbery. I am also a silent film aficionado and over the years have watched a number of deteriorated prints of otherwise-lost films, some of which resembled the image found on the cover of this album.
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I’m also reminded of a fascinating exhibition at the Menil in Houston a few years ago, “Apparitions: Frottages and Rubbings from 1860 to Now,” which showed a wide variety of visual artists reveling in the “residue and vestigial traces” described by Dunscombe and Olive. Here is a link to a description of that exhibition:
 https://www.menil.org/exhibitions/234-apparitions-frottages-and-rubbings-from-1860-to-now
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And for another example of the kind of synchronicity in the arts that makes life worthwhile….While listening to ZANSHI in preparation for its release, I was re-reading the Gertrude Stein collection LAST OPERAS AND PLAYS. In the most extreme texts found in that collection, when Stein has subtracted the traditional elements of plot, character, dramatic structure, etc. from these “operas and plays”, what remains—-the words on the page—-are a kind of ZANSHI.
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The residue, the flotsam and jetsam—- decontextualized—- are now central, forcing us to recalibrate, to let go and venture outside of our comfort zones, and to find the beauty in that which has been discarded and weathered by the elements. Hints of now-illegible images on the sides of long-abandoned buildings from Rocky Mountain ghost-towns having become new and cryptic and fascinating “works”—-that is the essence of ZANSHI. And that’s what is behind the austere beauty of this new album, these two extended sound sculptures from Dunscombe and Olive.
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I rarely use headphones—-I’m an old-school listener who wants to hear my music through speakers—-but headphones add another level to one’s experience of ZANSHI. You are plunged into the world of what’s left when what was considered essential has been removed. ZANSHI.
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Get your copy of this unique and satisfying album now. It’s the last of our new music releases for Summer 2017 (there will be a spoken-word poetry album in a week or two, which is technically the last album in our Summer schedule), and then we’ll take a break for a month or so when we’ll come back with the fall/winter round of albums, beginning with another heavy-hitter from ALFRED 23 HARTH, “SHANGHAI QUARTET….ShangShan/Stone Age Music”.
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Visit Samuel Dunscombe and Tim Olive at
http://www.samueldunscombe.com/
https://timolive.org/
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$8 postpaid in the USA  (see below for foreign pricing and ordering instructions)

NOTE: ALL CDR’s  ARE NOW PRICED @ $8.00, postpaid in the US.

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!

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!

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.

FOREIGN KSE FRIENDS: we have a lot of great albums to use for your second album, costing only 2 dollars more (!!!) than one album, due to the exorbitant foreign postage rates, which are pretty much the same for one or for four or five cd’s. Take advantage of that and get some OTHER CDR ALBUMS OF EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC (and more) PRESENTLY AVAILABLE FROM KSE:

KSE #377, JOHN BELL, ‘Cambridge Surprise Minor and other peals’

KSE #375, MASSIMO MAGEE & JAMES L. MALONE, “The Limits of the Possible”

KSE #373, DANE ROUSAY, “Anatomize” 

KSE #381, BILL SHUTE, “Bridge On The Bayou: Bill Shute Reads the Arnaudville Poems”…

KSE #372, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Manitas” solo classical guitar

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

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

Thanks for your support as we are in our 12th year of operation, dedicated to forward-thinking music and poetry.

August 21, 2017

MANY NEW MUSIC AND POETRY RELEASES FOR SUMMER/FALL 2017 (updated 9/16)

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NEW AND RECENT KSE RELEASES, AVAILABLE FOR ORDER

UPDATED  16 September  2017

NOTE: ALL CDR’s  ARE NOW PRICED @ $8.00, postpaid in the US.

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!

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!

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.

FIVE NEW ALBUMS IN JULY-AUGUST 2017….

KSE #371 (CDR), SAMUEL DUNSCOMBE & TIM OLIVE, “Zanshi”

KSE #377 (CDR) JOHN BELL (new for July 2017), ‘Cambridge Surprise Minor and other peals’….new compositions for percussion from Bell, well-known for his collaborations with Alfred 23 Harth….

KSE #373 (CDR), DANE ROUSAY, “Anatomize” (new for July 2017), solo percussion from the San Antonio-based composer and multi-instrumentalist

KSE #375 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE & JAMES L. MALONE, “The Limits Of The Possible” (new for July 2017)… one of .KSE’s most acclaimed artists,  saxophonist-composer-theorist Massimo Magee is back with a blistering duo album with guitarist James L. Malone

KSE #381 (CDR), BILL SHUTE, “Bridge On The Bayou: Bill Shute Reads the Arnaudville Poems”….readings of the five poems composed in Louisiana in 2016, soon to be published in one book-length volume

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KSE #372, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Manitas” solo classical guitar

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

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

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NEWEST POETRY CHAPBOOKS:

($6 US ppd/$7 elsewhere ppd)

KSE #386 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Trimmings”

KSE #382 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “The Difficulties, The Impossibilities”

KSE #380 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Time Crystals”

KSE #378 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Meltdown”

KSE #376 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE “New Jerusalem”

KSE #372 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Guest Register”

KSE #368 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Find A Place To Die”

KSE #367 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Left-Handed Cherubs”

KSE #364 (poetry chapbook), LUIS CUAUHTEMOC BERRIOZABAL, “Make The Light Mine”

Thanks for your support of KSE (now in our 12th year of operation, with over 360 releases in that time!) and all other independent, non-aligned arts organizations.

July 30, 2017

new solo percussion album from JOHN BELL, “Cambridge Surprise Minor and other peals” (KSE #377)

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JOHN  BELL

“Cambridge Surprise Minor and other peals” (KSE #377), cdr album

compositions for percussion, recorded in South Korea, New Zealand, and Laos

John Bell: vibraharp, glockenspiel, shell casings, gongs, scrap metal, bells,    piano frame, khong vong

$8 postpaid in the USA  (see below for foreign pricing and ordering instructions)

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Vibist, percussionist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer JOHN BELL is probably best-known outside of his home bases of South Korea and New Zealand for his collaborative work, both in concert and in the studio, with ALFRED 23 HARTH, including the much-acclaimed CAMELLIA album for KSE (#318, still available) and the forthcoming CAMPANULA, on the Moloko Plus label from Germany.

After working with Mr. Bell on CAMELLIA, KSE invited him to create a solo album, to further introduce him and his fascinating work to North American listeners. CAMBRIDGE SURPRISE MINOR AND OTHER PEALS is that album, and like Dane Rousay’s recent ANATOMIZE, it is an album of compositions for solo percussion. Along with the human voice, percussion would have to be the “instrument” with the deepest roots in antiquity and in the widest variety of world cultures. Percussion music can be created from the materials at hand, and that’s what John Bell does here on his new KSE album. While vibes, glockenspiel, and gongs are used, so are scrap metal and abandoned shell casings, as well as a piano frame and the ancient “khong vong” gong circles. These 13 sound paintings-in-percussion, suspended on the canvas of silence, resonate in many many ways….and I would suggest that in listening to this album (and I’ve played it dozens of times since getting the master) you try setting individual tracks on “repeat” to get deeper into them and also setting your player on “random” so you can hear the pieces juxtaposed in different combinations. It is a rich and complex yet deep and elemental series of pieces, an album I can’t imagine getting old. I asked John Bell for some comments on the album, and here is his reply (by the way, this lay-person mistakenly thought that the word “peal” referred simply to the ringing of a bell, the generic sound generated from a bell….how wrong I was….it is far more than that, and I would suggest you click on this definition of PEAL from Wikipedia before proceeding further here       ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peal ):

 

‘About 15 years ago I felt compelled to visit the peal of bells at St Matthews in the city Auckland (the second largest peal in New Zealand). I was lucky enough to be invited to their rehearsal on a Tuesday night, and even though I didn’t mention my family name, they invited me to enlist in the group of trainee bellringers. Despite the impressive sound I declined the invitation. I must have to blame my mother’s side of the family because, at that time I was somewhat repulsed by any slavish discipline such as precise rope pulling. 15 years ago I would never have contemplated spending even the one and a half days it took to record the title track of this album (a full length version of a common English peal). Bill Shute did me a huge favour when he asked me to record a solo album for KSE. Bill gave me nearly five months to send him the material.

 In the last twenty years I ve performed and recorded plenty of frenetic chime smashing, clappers flying around, and more recently lots of bowing and scraping in some free jazz ensemble or similar. So for this first solo album, I decided to explore the bell-ringing side of things,  limited myself to struck metal, only a tiny bit of bowing some metal on one track (  If once I was a bell ). There was also plenty of time to layer tracks and consider panning and mixing ideas.

 Bells are multi-faceted symbols and salient in many cultures. I have been living in South Korea for more than four years , and sadly there are no church bells anywhere near my house. Like most people in Korea, I live in a valley, nowhere near any of the large impressive temple bells, so have only heard one live once! The compensation for this is the prevalence of beautiful gongs in Korean traditional music. I was also lucky enough to be allowed to spend some time recording on  a set of khong vong at the national school of music and dance in Laos last year.

Thanks to Rod Cooper of Melbourne for showing me the simple idea of polystyrene as a reasonator box.

I hope everyone enjoys this album’

John Bell 30 July 2017

KSE is proud to present our second album of composition for percussion for Summer 2017 (the first one was by San Antonio percussionist and composer Dane Rousay), JOHN BELL’s CAMBRIDGE SURPRISE MINOR AND OTHER PEALS (KSE #377)

Be sure to grab this exciting and satisfying CDR album ASAP….

 

$8 postpaid in the USA  (see below for foreign pricing and ordering instructions)

NOTE: ALL CDR’s  ARE NOW PRICED @ $8.00, postpaid in the US.

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!

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!

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.

FOREIGN KSE FRIENDS: we have a lot of great albums to use for your second album, costing only 2 dollars more (!!!) than one album, due to the exorbitant foreign postage rates, which are pretty much the same for one or for four or five cd’s. Take advantage of that and get John Bell’s previous album with ALFRED 23 HARTH “Camellia”, our new album of compositions for percussion from San Antonio’s DANE ROUSAY, the latest album by Ernesto Diaz-Infante “Manitas,” Alfred 23 Harth’s BERLIN ENSEMBLES, etc. See below:

OTHER CDR ALBUMS OF EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC (and more) PRESENTLY AVAILABLE FROM KSE:

KSE #371, SAMUEL DUNSCOMBE & TIM OLIVE, “Zanshi”

KSE #375, MASSIMO MAGEE & JAMES L. MALONE, “The Limits of the Possible”

KSE #373, DANE ROUSAY, “Anatomize” 

KSE #372, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Manitas” solo classical guitar

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

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

Thanks for your support as we are in our 12th year of operation, dedicated to forward-thinking music and poetry. Our next summer release will be the album from Samuel Dunscombe and Tim Olive, in early-to-mid August….although you can order an advance copy NOW for immediate delivery. See you then….

July 11, 2017

now available…MASSIMO MAGEE & JAMES L. MALONE, “the limits of the possible” (KSE #375)

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MASSIMO MAGEE & JAMES L. MALONE, “The Limits of the Possible”

(KSE #375, CDR album)

$8 postpaid in the USA  (see below for foreign pricing and ordering instructions)

MASSIMO DUO 2017 COVER

Happy to welcome back saxophonist/composer/theorist-of-improvisation strategies MASSIMO MAGEE for his 6th album for KSE (he also appeared on both the 10th and the 11th KSE Anniversary compilations!), “THE LIMITS OF THE POSSIBLE,” where he is working in a duo with his fellow member of the Eddie Prevost workshop, guitarist JAMES L. MALONE. Magee’s KSE albums always generate a number of text messages and e-mails from listeners, starting with Brad Kohler’s text message a few days after he rec’d his copy of Magee’s 2011 Direct To Tape: “sign this man to a long-term contract, immediately!”

Magee approaches improvisation with the intellectual rigor of a scientist or a philosophy major, setting up situations and parameters and variables and then jumping into the deep end of the pool and losing all inhibitions, all the while totally aware of the specifics of the experiment. (Those wanting to explore improvisation further with Magee can check out his 26-cd set, available free as a download and with a fascinating 87-page book accompanying it, called COLLECTED SOLOS, a series of experiments with different approaches to improvisation as a discipline and as an artistic foundation on which one can build in unlimited directions…..it’s available at http://arraymusic.wordpress.com/ar15-collected-solos ).

Let’s let Magee himself discuss his newest album:

The Limits of the Possible

James L Malone – Electric Guitar

Massimo Magee – Alto and Sopranino Saxophones (electro-acoustic and otherwise)

Trial 1 – 29:48       Trial 3 – 20:53

“The music arises from a point of view that improvisation works best, from a political perspective, as an exemplar. As a necessarily niche activity with folk tendencies, it’s never going to be the site of any concrete revolutionary action but it can be (is, when done right) a symbol or small-scale demonstration of a non-hierarchical, egalitarian situation which accommodates the tensions between individual flourishing and group interdependence. But within that concept of individual flourishing lies its non-political importance: the ability of the individual player to continually interrogate their material to find new possibilities within it, continually testing, by means of repeated struggle, the hypothesis of its inexhaustibility and, in allowing the practitioner a glimpse of that inexhaustibility, opening up the potential for a transcendental experience.” Massimo Magee, London 2017

These two extended pieces of living-and-breathing sound sculpture are wonderful displays of duo-improvisation at its most symbiotic. Some sounds are clearly from Malone’s guitar, while others are clearly from Magee’s treated/extended saxophone, but 80% of the time we have this swirling dance of elements where the sound-source is not immediately evident to the average listener. Malone and Magee exist in a shared space and they create an incredibly wide variety of sounds. Each “trial” is like a core sample (or, if you will, a biopsy slice/sample) from a living, breathing sound-entity—-frankly, the only thing wrong with the album is that it’s not a 5-cd set with a dozen “trials,” but these tantalizing samples will, we hope, get you seeking out other works from Massimo Magee and James L. Malone. I’ve played the album about 20 times myself, as if I am walking around and studying a ten-foot tall, ten-foot wide contemporary sculpture, taking it in from different angles, watching the natural light play on the surfaces differently as time passes, changing my relationship with the sculpture….and having my relationship with the sculpture changed for me by an infinite variety of variables….within the limits of the possible.

Be sure to grab this exciting and satisfying CDR album ASAP….

MASSIMO MAGEE & JAMES L. MALONE, “The Limits of the Possible”

(KSE #375, CDR album)

$8 postpaid in the USA  (see below for foreign pricing and ordering instructions)

NOTE: ALL CDR’s  ARE NOW PRICED @ $8.00, postpaid in the US.

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!

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!

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.

FOREIGN KSE FRIENDS: we have a lot of great albums to use for your second album, costing only 2 dollars more (!!!) than one album, due to the exorbitant foreign postage rates, which are pretty much the same for one or for four or five cd’s. Take advantage of that and get Massimo’s previous album MUSIC IN 3 SPACES, are new album of compositions for percussion from San Antonio’s DANE ROUSAY, the latest album by Ernesto Diaz-Infante “Manitas,” Alfred 23 Harth’s BERLIN ENSEMBLES, etc. See below:

KSE #373 (CDR), DANE ROUSAY, “Anatomize” (new for July 2017)

KSE #372, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “Manitas” solo classical guitar

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

Speaking of John Bell, our next release—-out around July 25—-is a new solo album from Mr. Bell, as with the new Dane Rousay album, it’s devoted to compositions for percussion. Stay Tuned….and as always, thanks for your support. Please share the word about KSE….we do not have a lot of money to work with, but we do the most with what we have…..just like most of our families nowadays!

MASSIMO DUO 2017 COVER

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