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…

ernesto

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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“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)

November 19, 2017

new album from MATT KREFTING, “Microchips” (KSE #390)

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MATT KREFTING, “Microchips” (KSE #390, CDR album)

$8 postpaid in the US (see below for ordering info and overseas pricing)

MATT MICROCHIPS

Honored to present a THIRD  KSE album from the ultimate post-postmodern renaissance man, Western Massachusetts’ MATT KREFTING….perhaps the only man who can be featured at an experimental music festival and be the most outre artist on the bill, who can sing a George Jones song in a way that can break your heart, AND who’s been published in the Huffington Post! One of the wonderful things about Matt’s work in any discipline (and as with David Bowie, MK could be described as a “generalist,” in the best sense of that term) is that you really can’t anticipate what he will deliver, except to say that it will be elegant, it will possess wit, it will be carefully crafted, and it will be intellectually engaging on a deep level. When I have sent him my comments about his previous KSE albums, our conversations sometimes have existed exclusively on the theoretical/conceptual level.

We originally arranged for this album to be a 2016 release, but Matt did not feel the work had really fallen into place yet, and he continued to tinker with and re-evaluate the “Microchips” project until delivering us the finished master last month. It is not a long album—-just 27 minutes, divided into 14 tracks—-but I can’t imagine anything being added to it. Most of the raw material comes from found sources, but it’s merely clay in the hands of this master sound sculptor. Curiously, this collage of an album can contain spoken sections about “mircochips” that sound like their original source might have been some religious conspiracy theory podcast (the kind of thing Jim Bakker does while selling survivalist foodstuffs to older people he’s filled full of paranoid fantasies), but the way they are re-contextualized and then placed among passages of almost-rococo pillowy music (perhaps growing out of tape manipulation, but does it really matter? I think not, only the result matters), this sound-installation of an album creates something that’s both witty and disquieting—-and is THAT a difficult trick to pull off! I can imagine some listeners who are chained to a particular genre of music, even if it’s in the so-called “avant-garde,” might wonder if they are being “put on” by this album (especially as it folds in on itself in the last track, with echoes of a virtual Greta Garbo and Curly Howard), but hey, I remember that being said about Dennis Hopper’s THE LAST MOVIE and Godard’s KING LEAR. And those are the works that have turned out to be the most forward-thinking and contemporary, the further we careen into the future…because they embrace contradiction and have woven a sense of being incomplete into their warp and woof.  I have a feeling that MICROCHIPS (and whenever I read that title, I hear “Microchips And Fish” by the Red Crayola playing in my head) may well be the work that NAILS this sorry but fascinating year of 2017. What contradictions and possibilities and pain and achievement and loss and confusion are happening in this year ! Truly, it is the best of times and the worst of times….and the most absurd of times….and the pinnacle of achievement in some ways in the midst of a diamond-crusted New Gilded Age that would drive a Theodore Dreiser or a Mark Twain or a Woody Guthrie crazy. Don’t ask me for specifics, but somehow this album seems to exemplify and contain in one package the contradictions. In the immortal words of Walt Whitman, “Do I contradict myself? Very well, then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.” Indeed!

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As always, Mr. Krefting has provided a witty and elegant statement on the album, which like the album itself, is self-deprecating and embracing of seeming contradiction:

“MICROCHIPS. Microchips, if implanted in pets, can be very sensible. But what are pets, really? Like what ARE they?

If applied to human medical records, they (microchips, not pets) can still be sensible, maybe, but also more open to exploration. Still, a good idea?

But take it out, tease it. A bit more. I have no idea what microchips even are, really. I just have an idea about them. I got obsessed with that idea, which is different than being obsessed with the chips themselves. Then I found them everywhere. Or, I found them in places that felt like everywhere. And I went from there. Then out. Then back again.

How might I render this in a way that folds into the methods I like to use to make music? I don’t know. I took well over a year thinking about that and working on the pieces that comprise this album, but I still have nothing that even resembles an answer.

In many ways, this is the most purely experimental thing I’ve ever done, but it is, I promise, also minutely considered in its final form. Plenty of moments lie on the cutting room floor.

I could not create a unified atmosphere, no matter how I tried, but I also worked against something too fractured. It’s like a diary of a particular moment that shows a complete disregard for the passage of actual time.

I feel like taking the muscles out of my body, and I feel like I ought to keep them for myself, and make them into something.

There’s no sense in even being paranoid anymore, is there? It’s just the way it is, this assumption of guilt….A drill in the head is worth three in the underbelly.

So my chip sits wherever it sits and it sings to me, a soft, far-off, rusty golden sort of glow, letting me know that I am where I am and nowhere else and I’ll say for sure that I can go either way. Some nights I think the walls are gorgeous and mysterious, and the next night they’ll make me want to scream and extinguish myself. But that’s life, or something like it, so that’s enough for now.”

Matt Krefting, Holyoke, October 2017

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Well, there’s nothing I can–or should–add to that. You should print out Mr. Krefting’s words and keep them as liner notes for this album, which you now cannot help but purchase and share with your friends.

Matt Krefting has issued two previous albums for KSE (both out of print): RECITALS (KSE #266) in 2014, and SWEET DAYS OF DISCIPLINE (#220), from 2012. We also published a chapbook of his poetry, THE PRINCESS OF KNIGHT AVENUE (KSE #259) in 2013. Matt also appeared on the KSE 10th Anniversary Compilation album.

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MATT KREFTING, “Microchips” (KSE #390, CDR album)

NOTE: ALL CDR’s  ARE NOW PRICED @ $8.00, postpaid in the US (see below for ordering info, via paypal).

(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.

OTHER ALBUMS ALSO AVAILABLE:

 

KSE #385 (CDR), TOM CREAN, “3 Heads Tame”

KSE #379 (CDR), SHANGHAI QUINTET (featuring Alfred 23 Harth), “ShangShan/Stone Age Music” (Harth and young Chinese musicians, recorded live in Shanghai, China, October 2016)

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

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”

AND as a public service for Matt Krefting fans, we are bringing out of the garage the LAST available copies of the 2016 KSE 10th Anniversary album (KSE #331), featuring Matt, plus also otherwise unavailable tracks by ALFRED 23 HARTH,  SARAH HENNIES, RAMBUTAN, VANESSA ROSSETTO, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, DEREK ROGERS, BRENT FARISS, GRAHAM LAMBKIN, and MASSIMO MAGEE. Available ONLY with the purchase of a copy of MICROCHIPS (same price as any other KSE album)

MATT MICROCHIPS

We’ll be back in a few weeks with the final releases in our Winter batch: Lisa Cameron/Robert Horton……More Eaze…..and Ernesto Diaz-Infante. And then in the early months of 2018, an exciting new poetry collection from John Sweet!

As always, thanks for your support as we finish out our 12th year  of operation.

 

October 31, 2017

new album “3 Heads Tame” from guitarist TOM CREAN (KSE #385)

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TOM CREAN, “3 Heads Tame” (KSE #385), CDR album

7 String Guitar, Classical Guitar, Classical Banjo, Bass, Production, and Engineering – Tom Crean

Compositions by Tom Crean with contributions by Matt Robidoux and Ernesto Brute

tom crean 2017 3 heads

KSE is happy to present our fourth album from Western Massachusetts guitar/banjo innovator  TOM CREAN. His first album, WIRED LOVE, featured solo guitar and banjo; his second was a duo album with electronic musician Mike Barrett (aka Belltonesuicide); his third was a duo album with fellow stringed-instrument player Matt Robidoux (which is still available!); and now comes his fourth, 3 HEADS TAME, a solo album quite different from any of the others.

As someone who grew up listening to albums by guitar experimentalists such as Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, Sonny Sharrock, Jean-Francois Pauvros, Hans Reichel and many others, I have wanted KSE to get behind today’s creative guitarists (and banjo players and bajo sexto players, etc.) and give them an outlet to explore new territory and create new works without worry of commercial concerns or marketing. We’ve issued dozens of albums featuring guitars behaving non-traditionally, but in particular we’ve given an annual platform to Ernesto Diaz-Infante out on the west coast (in the SF Bay area) and Tom Crean on the east coast (in Western Massachusetts). Tom has put a lot of time and thought each year into the concept and execution of these albums, and they’ve been very well received by our listeners, underground radio, music bloggers, etc. When I asked him about the genesis of this new album, he stated,

“Half of the compositions on this recording are inspired by various unidentified “Transcriptions” compositions. “Transcriptions” are the appropriation of non-art musics and scoring for experimental music ensemble. The “Transcriptions Manifesto” was recently released, this document describes the process of writing “Transcriptions” with the open invitation and intent that others will score “Transcriptions” as part of the Transcriptions Project as a whole. Besides these fragments of “Transcriptions,” the rest of the performances of my works are improvised. Ernesto Brute’s piece is a graphic score and Matt Robidoux’s piece is from one of the rock bands he played in called Pony Bones, which put out a tape 3 years ago and lent itself well to a classical guitar arrangement. Almost all takes were done the first time. There is no multi-tracking (except the last track.) All the electric instruments were recorded straight into the computer from a multi-effects processor (I’ve found this more effective especially with 7 string guitar.) The other pieces were recorded in a spacious room at home.”

3 HEADS TAME is not an easy album to categorize–it tends to be understated, and though I’ve listened to it a dozen or more times as I’ve been getting the release ready, it has an inscrutable quality to it, a quality that compels you to listen again and investigate further. I’ve been re-reading the late-period poems of W. S. Merwin recently, and they seem to have a similar quality. Neither can be unraveled easily, and neither depends on some facile “concept” or faux-avantgarde game-playing.

Another snapshot taken on the fascinating musical journey of Tom Crean. And while  you are at it, why not also pick up his earlier duo album with Matt Robidoux, and album I’ve been playing regularly for the last year and which still challenges me.

KSE #385 (CDR), TOM CREAN, “3 Heads Tame”

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.

NOTE: you can STILL get Tom Crean’s previous KSE album, a duo with Matt Robidoux, 

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

also available, FOUR albums from Alfred 23 Harth:

KSE #379 (CDR), SHANGHAI QUINTET (featuring Alfred 23 Harth), “ShangShan/Stone Age Music” (Harth and young Chinese musicians, recorded live in Shanghai, China, October 2016)

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

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

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

and also….

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

KSE #377 (CDR) JOHN BELL , ‘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” , solo percussion from the San Antonio-based composer and multi-instrumentalist

KSE #375 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE & JAMES L. MALONE, “The Limits Of The Possible” … 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

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 #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

Thanks for your support over the years….stay tuned for the rest of our Fall/Winter 2017 releases, from MATT KREFTING, LISA CAMERON/ROBERT HORTON, MORE EAZE, and ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE….

October 22, 2017

SHANGHAI QUINTET (with Alfred 23 Harth), “ShangShan/Stone Age Music” (KSE #379), new album now available!

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Shanghai Quintet (with Alfred 23 Harth)

ShangShan/Stone Age Music

Live at Power Station of Art/Shanghai, October 2016

 Part I  –  31:40        . Part II – 11:01

composed by Shanghai Quintet

Alfred 23 Harth: reeds, samples

Jun-Y Ciao: reeds         MaiMai: guitar

Xu Cheng: electronics, metal percussion                 Tao Yi: drums

ALFRED SHANGHAI COVER

We are very proud and excited to bring you ALFRED 23 HARTH’s 11th (!!!) KSE release (12th if you count his appearance on our 10th Anniversary Compilation album), SHANGHAI QUINTET—-an exciting communal performance with young Chinese musicians recorded last fall in Shanghai at one of the city’s most highly-regarded art spaces, Power Station of Art. Since recording the classic JUST MUSIC album in late 1969 (which came out early the next year on ECM), Mr. Harth has always been about collaboration and collective performance, and he’s consciously been re-dedicating himself to the “one element in the mix” collective/collaborative model in his recent performances and albums (his last KSE album was BERLIN ENSEMBLES, and he requested initially to not have his name featured in the artist credit on the front cover, just in the personnel listing on the back).

These two pieces (running about 43 minutes) document a fruitful collaboration–no one dominates, and there’s even a second reed player in addition to A23H. I’ve listened to it in the car, on a cheap boombox, on headphones outside before dawn, etc., and it’s a performance I can’t help wanting to revisit. There’s a variety of shades and textures and a delicious ebb-and-flow to the performances. I was unfamiliar with the Shanghai-based musicians prior to this album, but I’m looking forward to further work from them. When artists place themselves in new and unfamiliar territory, they bring out unexpected sides of themselves–Alfred Harth has an almost five-decade history of doing that, and with his natural shape-shifting inclinations, there’s an infinite amount of variety possible.

Also, the West (and here in the USA, in particular) does not have enough cultural exchange with Asia, and in particular China. Were I in charge of the world, we’d have far more cultural and educational exchanges, far more collaborative projects–a small Texas micro-label devoted to experimental music putting out an album by a group who is 4/5 young musicians from Shanghai, China, is a good start. Even if I never get over there or they never get over here, we’ve “embraced,” so to speak, through the medium of art.

Get your copy of SHANGHAI QUINTET with Alfred 23 Harth now. Only $8 postpaid in the US. See below for ordering details (and foreign pricing)….

Shanghai Quintet (2)

the members of the SHANGHAI QUINTET

KSE #379 (CDR), SHANGHAI QUINTET (featuring Alfred 23 Harth), “ShangShan/Stone Age Music” (Harth and young Chinese musicians, recorded live in Shanghai, China, October 2016)

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.

You can STILL get a few of Alfred Harth’s other recent albums for KSE: 

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

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

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

and also….

KSE #385 (CDR), TOM CREAN, “3 Heads Tame”

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

KSE #377 (CDR) JOHN BELL , ‘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” , solo percussion from the San Antonio-based composer and multi-instrumentalist

KSE #375 (CDR), MASSIMO MAGEE & JAMES L. MALONE, “The Limits Of The Possible” … 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

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 #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

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A23H in front of the poster for the show at which the album was recorded

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As always, thank you for your support of KSE….now in our 12th year of operation, from San Antonio, Texas….

SHANGHAI QUINTET is the first of SIX new albums coming out between now and January, the others being from TOM CREAN, LISA CAMERON, MATT KREFTING, MORE EAZE, and ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE….stay tuned!

September 23, 2017

now available…spoken-word CDR album “Bridge On The Bayou: Bill Shute Reads the Arnaudville Poems” (KSE #381)

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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

BRIDGE CDR POETRY ALBUM 2017

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

These five six-page poems were composed during my May 2016 writing vacation on Bayou Teche in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. They were published initially in 41-copy homemade KSE editions in 2016, all of which are long out-of-print. The five pieces are

BRIDGE ON THE BAYOU

REVELATION IN SLOW MOTION

RECONDITIONING

SATORI IN OPELOUSAS

SCRAPPLE

These will all appear later this year in a 44-page professionally printed 8″ x 10″ paperback, in the same publication format as my earlier collection DOWN AND OUT IN GULFPORT AND BILOXI. What’s on offer here is the album of my reading these pieces. These spoken-word poetry albums I’ve done over the years have always emphasized atmosphere—-you hear the sounds of the reading environment, capturing the textures and particularities of the event of the reading performance. The earlier albums were recorded by Derek Rogers, during the period he lived in Austin, and the recent albums were recorded by Marcus Rubio (aka More Eaze), both gentlemen with whom I’ve done poetry-and-music collaborations and who truly “get” the form of the poems and how to re-create that via a recording. This particular album contains a “guest performance” of aleatory percussion effects from the paws and collar of Marcus’s dog Pierre.

As for the poems, why don’t I quote some of last year’s comments on the first of the five, BRIDGE ON THE BAYOU (this was written for someone who was unfamiliar with my poetry–probably most of you reading this do not fall into that category):

“The spring was nothing new to him, nor its sounds, its perfumes, its colors; nor was its tender and caressing breath; but, for some unaccountable reason, these were reaching him today through unfamiliar channels.”

–Kate Chopin, An Easter Day Conversation

After a lot of planning/organizing/note-taking (which I always do for each work—-one cannot get any useful construction done without a blueprint and without first laying a foundation) during spare minutes in the Spring of 2016, I hit the ground running when I finally got my almost-two-week “writing vacation” on Bayou Teche, on the south end of Arnaudville, Louisiana, in St. Martin Parish, in the second half of May 2016. Enjoying strong black tea each morning on a floating dock on the bayou, watching the sun come up, I worked hard  into the afternoon and then again in the late night…and managed to produce  FIVE six-page poems, of which BRIDGE ON THE BAYOU is the first. Each is a collage of images filtered through a different narrative persona, reflecting an invented but likely narrative set in that area, presented in the open-field style….core samples of the state of things and of consciousness circa 2016, postcards from the front, junk sculpture from the New Gilded Age. If you are new to my poetry (and greetings to those who saw my reading at TYCA-SW or who stumbled across DOWN AND OUT IN GULFPORT AND BILOXI on Amazon or elsewhere), my technical roots are in Paul Blackburn, Ted Berrigan, Larry Eigner, mid-to-late 60’s Robert Creeley, Diane Wakoski, and late-period W. C. Williams—-although I have taken that ball handed off to me by the poets of earlier generations and run with it in my own directions toward my own goals. My first book-length work, from 2005, was 12 GATES TO THE CITY: THE LABOURS OF HERCULES IN THE LONE STAR STATE (published by Word Mechanics), a twelve-part journey along the Interstate-10 corridor from Lake Charles to Las Cruces, though mostly here in Texas, which treated the source legend of the classical Hercules and his 12 labours the way I felt that Jean-Luc Godard had treated KING LEAR in his little-known adaptation from 1987, a work which was a huge inspiration. It’s been a long, strange trip for me since then, issuing over a hundred five-to-eight page poetry chapbooks, another book-length work (Point Loma Purple), and operating the music-and-poetry collective Kendra Steiner Editions, which has released over 350 albums and chapbooks and which has carved out a significant international presence in that time…. 

The words, phrases, and stanzas float on the page; the insects, dirt, leaves, and broken twigs float downstream on Bayou Teche. If you are new to the world of post-Projective Verse poetry composition, I recommend reading the following essay, “Projective Verse: The Spiritual Legacy of the Beat Generation,” by Paul E. Nelson: http://paulenelson.com/organic-poetry/spiritual-legacy-of-the-beat-generation/

BRIDGE ON THE BAYOU….energized particles of language and consciousness with the taste of central Louisiana….six pages, six fields, six assemblages, six “portholes of consciousness”…..thick pine smoke in our eyes, already moist with tears….husky patriots armed with dogwhistle jargon meet behind the rose hedges….her brother had become inattentive at his job at the meat processing plant, consumed with his quest to find a cache of treasure buried in a brass bucket by retreating French pirates two centuries past….detached, but not indifferent….manifestations of Siva on the horizon….hard trials & great tribulations….

This album has been in circulation privately for many months, but I wanted to get all the Summer 2017 KSE music releases out first before I released this. Now that those are all out (and the first of the Fall/Winter releases, from Alfred 23 Harth, will be coming in a few weeks), it’s time to get this out to a larger audience (I hope!). It should be an excellent entry-way to the book publication of these pieces. With writers as diverse as Chaucer and Gertrude Stein, hearing a recording of an author’s work being read often can give one an excellent sense of how it reads on the page, allowing for the reader to sound out the words in his/her/their head while savoring the language. I’ve been told by a number of readers that hearing my pieces read helps give them a voice to hear on the page. You be the judge.

$8 postpaid in the USA  

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

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”


You can also get some KSE poetry chapbooks in the same order with your CDR’s (note: foreign orders must buy a minimum of two CDR’s in order to get poetry chapbooks at these prices…write me if you have any questions….sorry, but that’s the way the US Postal Service operates….it costs me $14.50 to send ONE cdr overseas)

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

 

FYI: The earlier copies of this poetry album which were in circulation contain an incorrect stock number, one which was later assigned to another album. I doubt anyone “trainspots” our releases that closely, but I wanted to make that clear in case there is any confusion… KSE #381 is the correct number for this release, NOT KSE #368….

 

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