Kendra Steiner Editions

February 10, 2018

ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “The Lovers Escape/Los Amantes Escapan” (KSE #387), solo nylon-string guitar

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ERNESTO  DIAZ-INFANTE ,  “The Lovers Escape/Los Amantes Escapan” (KSE #387)

74 minutes of solo nylon-string guitar

$8 postpaid in the USA (see below for foreign rates/terms)

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.About a year ago, when I requested some ideas for a new 2018 album from Ernesto Diaz-Infante, he told me that he’d been working extensively with a nylon-string classical guitar in recent months and that he was working on two very different projects involving that instrument—-he’d send me both when they were finished, and I could see if I wanted one of them for release. When I heard the two albums, I desired to get BOTH of them for KSE release, and Ernesto graciously agreed. I told him that one would be the first release of 2017 and the other would be the final release of 2017. That first one was “Manitas” (KSE #372, still available)…the second one is now available, the final entry in our Winter 2017/2018 round of releases: “The Lovers Escape/Los Amantes Escapan” (KSE #387).

On my property, I have three sets of wind chimes (two made from different densities of scrap metal by my late father, one made from tempered glass)–one on my front porch, one at the corner of the right rear of the house near our bedroom, and one about fifteen feet behind the house on the branch of a tree. When we have varying winds in the Fall and the windows are open, I hear an achingly beautiful and endlessly  differing series of chiming tones—-a limited number of chimes, of course, but a seemingly infinite combination of possibilities. I can listen to that for hours. Remember the environmental sounds in the first few minutes of Sergio Leone’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST? Have you ever read one of the multiple-page minimalist texts of Gertrude Stein with the incremental repetition where slight differences seem so significant and dramatic—-have you ever taken the time to read one of those aloud?

Think along those lines when encountering Ernesto Diaz-Infante’s new album. It’s 72 minutes of solo nylon-string classical guitar, three long pieces, each coming from a different picking/strumming pattern which is varied ever so slightly. Not in a predictable “minimalist” way, but in an unpredictable but subtle way, like a caress. The radical element in this album is that it’s played entirely on open strings! Yes…that’s why I gave the analogy of the wind chimes. On paper, it’s a very limited number of pitches–in reality, and in the hands of a virtuoso player such as Ernesto Diaz-Infante, there’s an infinite variety in touch, tone, attack, decay etc. Don’t forget the rich overtones of the nylon-string guitar, which is why Ernesto chose this particular approach with this particular instrument. It would have been FAR different if done on a steel-string guitar. He has always been a master of bringing out the sound possibilities inherent in the instrument, whether it be bajo sexto or whatever kind of guitar.

The album was reviewed recently at Vital Weekly in the Netherlands, along with our other two most recent KSE releases by Xterip and More Eaze…..here’s that review:

  And from More Eaze via Xterip to Ernesto Diaz-Infante is quite a trip but it also shows the wide scope of Kendra Steiner’s interests when it comes to weird music. Not that I believe this music to be weird at all, far from it. Diaz-Infante set up microphones at ‘Next Door To The Jefferson Airplane Studios’ in San Francisco and played his nylon string guitar for seventy-four minutes; or at least that’s the amount of music that is released here, in three lengthy pieces. Diaz-Infante is an improviser for whom the guitar must sound like a guitar, and not like an object that just happens to be shaped in the form of a guitar and that is a box that resonates. In three pieces here he displays a love for minimal
strumming and does that in a most beautiful way. If you need a quiet place following the Xterip release, then this could not be more welcome. The playing is throughout each piece more or less the same, going on and on, like the simple strum of ‘Off Into The Wilderness Where We Walk With No Gravity’ or the paused playing of ‘Watching Your Eyes Awake’. The listener loses sense of time and place, at least I did having this on repeat for a very long time, lost in reading a book on a lazy Sunday afternoon. There is nothing plink-plonk about this, just some most lovely minimalist nylon guitar playing.

This album is not for everyone–as with the Jandek 9-cd solo piano box set or that MEV piece played on rubber bands, some people will be outraged by an album consisting of 70+ minutes of guitar music played unfretted on open strings—-but those who put aside such barriers (as the folks at Vital Weekly did) will find that using a limited palette forces the artist to concentrate on more subtle distinctions (think of the analogous experiences described in the second paragraph above).

“The Lovers Escape/Los Amantes Escapan” (KSE #387) is the perfect complement to Ernesto’s earlier album MANITAS (KSE #372)–be sure to get both. We’re proud to have been providing Ernesto Diaz-Infante with a platform for his fascinating and hauntingly beautiful explorations of the possibilities of the guitar and related instruments (bajo sexto, etc.) for a number of years now, and it was exciting to bring him to Central Texas (from the SF Bay Area) in 2012 for the KSE 6th Anniversary Concert in Austin. Every one of his albums is a methodical investigation into down the lesser-traveled alleys of the possibilities of his instrument. Join him on this latest excursion….let go and float along….

NOTE: ALL CDR’s  ARE NOW PRICED @ $8.00, postpaid in the USA (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! The two albums for $20 deal makes each item only $10 each, and if you were to buy 4 for $36, they’d only be $8 each, THE SAME AS THE US COST! Anyone who is looking at this page and interested in contemporary forward-thinking music could surely find four albums you need to have! Many of our releases have been reviewed at Vital Weekly (not this one yet, obviously!), so you can check out the reviews there…or read the write-ups here on the blog.

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.

KSE ALBUMS NOW AVAILABLE:

KSE #387, ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE, “The Lovers Escape/Los Amantes Escapan” solo classical guitar

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

KSE #383 (CDR), MORE EAZE, “Staring At A Statue Of Paint”

KSE #394 (CDR), XTERIP (Lisa Cameron/Robert Horton/Raub Roy/Lee Ann Cameron) , “The Frisbee Sessions”

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

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

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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

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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!

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Payment is via paypal, using the e-mail address   django5722(at)yahoo(dot)com   . It might be helpful for you to also shoot me an e-mail telling me you’ve sent funds and what 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.

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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please provide a note with your order listing the items you’ve ordered and your mailing address….thanks!

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.

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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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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)

 payment via paypal to       DJANGO5722(at)yahoo(dot)com

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)

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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

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

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 “

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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)

April 28, 2018

new spoken-word poetry album, “Sculpture Garden In The Snow,” from Bill Shute (KSE #395)

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new spoken-word poetry album, “Sculpture Garden In The Snow”

from BILL SHUTE  (KSE #395, cdr album)

Recorded by Marcus Rubio  in Austin, Texas

Poems composed 2015 in TX, LA, FLA

 selections:

SATORI IN LAKE CHARLES

FLAGS NO LONGER AT HALF-MAST

INVENTING  ONE’S  OWN  LAND

MANIPULATING AMBIGUITY

SCULPTURE GARDEN IN THE SNOW

MONUMENTAL MOVEMENTS

LIARS IN A STRANGE RAINY WORLD

“Silence is my substitute for counterpoint”      –Morton Feldman

Album is $8 postpaid in the US–see below for ordering details.

(PLEASE NOTE–KSE WILL BE CLOSED MAY 14-MAY 28, 2018)

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Recorded the same day as the earlier BRIDGE ON THE BAYOU album, this new collection SCULPTURE GARDEN IN THE SNOW contains seven pieces, all written in 2015 and NOT part of any multi-poem sequences. Each was published in 2015-2016 in a small edition of around 40, and each sold out in a few months. Three of them were “cassette poems” pieces, inspired by experimental music on cassette from Derek Rogers, Brian Ruryk, and Smokey Emery.

These readings present the pieces the way their author hears them, and the recording environment–with the sounds of construction and Tejano music from the street as well as the paw-percussion of Pierre The Dog–is somehow perfect for the material, open-field poems constructed from the flotsam and jetsam of daily life.

If you’ve seen me read or have heard the other spoken-word albums, then you know what’s in store. If not, you can listen to some pieces recorded in Pittsburgh a few years ago. Here’s one of them,  https://youtu.be/8eTUJPU_eqI    ,     OUTFAKE, from 2013.

Mary Anne and I will be in the Northeast in June, and I’ll be doing a poetry reading with Michael Casey at White Square Books in Easthampton, MA, on Friday 22 June at 7 p.m. If you are in the greater Amherst area, please stop by!

The pieces on this album will be republished later this year into a perfect-bound 8″ x 11″ collection also called SCULPTURE GARDEN IN THE SNOW. I’ve had a number of positive communications from people who got the BRIDGE ON THE BAYOU spoken-word album and then the BRIDGE ON THE BAYOU book–experience the words on the page while you listen to my reading. I hope to have that book ready by late Summer. Until then, take a listen to the readings. Regular KSE people may well have a number of the original chapbooks already, so you can read as you listen.

By the way, you can order that BRIDGE ON THE BAYOU collection from Amazon via this link:   http://amzn.to/2jxJaZc

Why not enjoy some of our acclaimed albums of contemporary experimental music alongside your poetry?

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.

now available for immediate shipment:

KSE #398 (CDR), DANE ROUSAY, “an inevitable solution (to)”, solo percussion

KSE #396 (CDR),  MASSIMO MAGEE, “Tenor Tales,” solo tenor saxophone

KSE #395 (CDR), BILL SHUTE, “Sculpture Garden In The Snow: Bill Shute reads selected 2015 poems,” spoken-word poetry album

KSE #387 (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE,  “The Lovers Escape/Los Amantes Escapan”

KSE #383 (CDR), MORE EAZE, “Staring At A Statue of Paint”

KSE #394 (CDR) XTERIP , “The Frisbee Sessions” 

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

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 , ‘Cambridge Surprise Minor and other peals’….new compositions for percussion from Bell, well-known for his collaborations with Alfred 23 Harth….

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

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You can also add any of the following poetry chapbooks to a CDR order for only $5 each:

KSE #393 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Arising, Abiding, and Decay”

KSE #391 (poetry chapbook), BILL SHUTE, “Satori In Natchez”

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”

As always, thank you for your support of KSE and of all independent arts organizations.

April 13, 2018

solo percussion from DANE ROUSAY (KSE #398), “An Inevitable Solution (To)”

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DANE ROUSAY (solo percussion)

“AN INEVITABLE SOLUTION (TO)”

KSE #398, cdr album      $8.00 postpaid in the USA (see below for foreign prices/postage)

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

please include a note with your order listing what you’re ordering and your mailing address….thanks!

Very happy to welcome San Antonio’s own DANE ROUSAY back for a second percussion-based album. The first one ANATOMIZE (KSE #373, now out of print) was composition based, but with a lot of room for individual decisions and spontaneity by the players. This new album, AN INEVITABLE SOLUTION (TO), is improvisational, but Dane’s improvisations (like those of label-mate Massimo Magee–and by the way, the two of them are hoping to perform together in London later this year!) are rigorous yet playful investigations of the possibilities of the instruments. The five solo percussion pieces on this album are not unlike the material Dane performed in the amazing four-hour ‘Endurance’ performance done earlier this year on the bank of the San Antonio River behind Ventura. With the artist’s demanding schedule of live performance throughout Texas and the Midwest, ideas are able to be road-tested on a nightly basis, and new elements work their way into the percussion through the influence of many and varied collaborations in demanding live performance.

I’m someone who grew up listening to a lot of percussion music–the many pieces for percussion by John Cage; all-percussion albums such as “Schlingerland” by Sven-Ake Johansson and “Fiesta In Drums” by Christian Vander and Frank Raholison were LP’s that I played the grooves off of, not to mention the percussion onslaughts of Rashied Ali and Sunny Murray, and the avant-chamber-jazz percussion of Barry Altschul with Paul Bley’s group. Many times when I’d be listening to an Archie Shepp album for the umpeenth time, I’d be focusing on the drumming of Beaver Harris. And as a lifelong Ellingtonian, I still marvel at the unconventional and totally original playing of Sonny Greer on countless sessions and broadcasts. Fortunately, KSE has been able to offer a platform for percussionists and composers-for-percussion. Lisa Cameron has done at least a half-dozen albums for KSE, early in our run we were proud to have issued an album by Sarah Hennies (whom Mary Anne and I used to see often doing solo percussion in Austin, in the 2007-2011 period–she also appeared on the KSE 10th Annivesary album) and just last year we featured solo percussion albums from both Dane and John Bell. The Bell album is still available (grab one–see ordering info below). Yes, we at KSE believe in the beauty and the infinite possibilities within the world of percussion.

This album very much speaks for itself, and Dane’s comments on it were brief: “This set of recordings is improvised almost entirely and has a certain thoughtfulness and immediacy behind it. I do not believe a composed album of any sort would be able to capture the emotions and emotional release that I feel this album grew from and provides (for the listener). ”  Agreed! This is an album you can just put on repeat (you’ll lose all sense of time while living in its world) and live with…and live within.

The intensity of a Dane Rousay live performance is captured well here, but at the same time it’s a great-sounding and deep studio recording, so you’ve got the best of both worlds.

Speaking of live shows, Dane will be all over in the next few months with all kinds of combinations of collaborators. Catch them when they’re in your area. Here’s a tentative list (be sure to check with the venue first in case of changes….or check Dane’s Facebook page):

4/23/18 – Dane Rousay / Brandon Lopez / Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten @ Volstead Lounge (Austin, TX)

4/24/18 – Dane Rousay / Brandon Lopez @ Ventura (San Antonio, TX)

4/25/18 – Dane Rousay / Megan Easley / Dave Dove w/ Brandon Lopez @ Alabama Song (Houston, TX)

4/26/18 – Dane Rousay w/ Brandon Lopez @ Full City Rooster (Dallas, TX)

4/27/18 – Dane Rousay / Brandon Lopez @ Layalina (Denton, TX)

4/28/18 – Dane Rousay / Brandon Lopez @ Matador Recording Studios (San Antonio, TX)

5/9/18 – Dane Rousay @ Opolis (Norman, OK)

5/10/18 – Dane Rousay / Michael Foster Duo @ Duet (St. Louis, MO)

5/11/18 – Dane Rousay / Michael Foster Duo @ The Spot (Lafayette, IN)

5/12/18 – Dane Rousay / Michael Foster Duo @ Listing Loon (Cincinnati, OH)

5/13/18 – Dane Rousay / Michael Foster Duo @ Betty’s (Nashville, TN)

5/14/18 – Dane Rousay / Michael Foster Duo @ The Nest (St. Louis, MO)

5/15/18 – Dane Rousay @ State Street Pub (Indianapolis, IN)

5/16/18 – Dane Rousay @ Lalaland (Fayetteville, AR)

5/28/18 – Dane Rousay / Thomas Helton @ Volstead Lounge (Austin, TX)

7/19/18 – Dane Rousay / Vicky Mettler @ Ventura (San Antonio, TX)

8/16/18 – Dane Rousay / Parham Daghighi @ Sonic Transmissions Festival (Austin, TX)

You can get a copy of the album from the artist while on tour, but why wait….order YOUR copy of AN INEVITABLE SOLUTION (TO) now direct from KSE….and pick up a few other of our fine albums of contemporary experimental music (or poetry) while you’re at it. See below for ordering info….

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.

now available for immediate shipment:

KSE #398 (CDR), DANE ROUSAY, “an inevitable solution (to)”, solo percussion

KSE #396 (CDR),  MASSIMO MAGEE, “Tenor Tales,” solo tenor saxophone

KSE #395 (CDR), BILL SHUTE, “Sculpture Garden In The Snow: Bill Shute reads selected 2015 poems,” spoken-word poetry album

KSE #387 (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE,  “The Lovers Escape/Los Amantes Escapan”

KSE #383 (CDR), MORE EAZE, “Staring At A Statue of Paint”

KSE #394 (CDR) XTERIP , “The Frisbee Sessions” 

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

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

As always, thank you for your support of KSE (now in our 13th year of operation!) and of all independent arts organizations….and thank you for buying a physical copy of this album. We believe in not only the work, but the work as preserved through the artifact, whether it be CDR albums or poetry chapbooks (all hand-cut, hand-assembled, home-made)

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April 7, 2018

new solo album from MASSIMO MAGEE, “Tenor Tales” (KSE #396)

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MASSIMO MAGEE, Tenor Tales (KSE #396, CDR album)

Massimo Magee – Tenor Saxophone

01 Retcon         02 Balm

03 Garret           04 Assay

05 Hinge          06 Raw

07 Furtherance        08 Defy

$8 postpaid in the USA (see bottom of post for foreign rates/postage)

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

please include a note with your order with your mailing address and what you’re ordering…thanks!

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Saxophonist–composer–theorist  MASSIMO MAGEE  is back at KSE with a new album of solo saxophone creations, 8 sound sculptures all rooted in the tenor saxophone. As usual for Magee, each piece is a rigorous improvisational investigation of a certain sound-area, ranging from lyrical passages worthy of a Ben Webster to overblowing and harmonics to various extended techniques to a track that sounds like it utilizes a contact mic….covering a wide range, but beginning and ending with “pure” saxophone.

The solo saxophone has inspired a wide and rich and diverse body of work over the decades, ranging from Coleman Hawkins’ 1945 solo 78 “Picasso” through the 1970’s works of Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, and others, taking off into the stratosphere with the Micro-Saxo-Phone albums of Magee’s mentor (and KSE recording artist) Alfred 23 Harth. Whether or not you’ve been following Magee’s work through his KSE albums and/or his live performances and/or his writings, you’re sure to find this album satisfying if you’re interested in the possibilities of the tenor saxophone. Although there is a wide variety of sound on the album, it’s all ROOTED in the tenor saxophone, hence the album’s title, TENOR TALES. About that title, Magee wrote (when we were working out the details of the album a few months ago), “I’ve decided that it makes more sense to credit myself simply with ‘Tenor Saxophone’ here, as the extensions are just new ways of approaching the one instrument. I try to take the whole field of the instrument’s potential as material to build with in these improvisations.”

Mr. Magee has been winning new listeners with each of his KSE albums, and many worldwide  await each of his new releases. As Brad Kohler texted me after hearing  Magee’s first KSE album which came out a number of years ago, “sign that man to a long-term contract!”

I expect that TENOR TALES will be getting the kind of airplay and positive reviews his previous albums have. Get YOUR copy now. It’s a stunning creation and truly timeless….

and while you are at it, why not grab some of our other recent album releases on CDR:

KSE #398 (CDR), DANE ROUSAY, “an inevitable solution (to)”, solo percussion

KSE #395 (CDR), BILL SHUTE, “Sculpture Garden In The Snow: Bill Shute reads selected 2015 poems,” spoken-word poetry album

KSE #387 (CDR), ERNESTO DIAZ-INFANTE,  “The Lovers Escape/Los Amantes Escapan”

KSE #383 (CDR), MORE EAZE, “Staring At A Statue of Paint”

KSE #394 (CDR) XTERIP , “The Frisbee Sessions” w/ Lisa Cameron, Robert Horton, Raub Roy, Lee Ann Cameron

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

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

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.

As always, thank you for your support of KSE, now in our 13th year of operation. Best wishes to all from our home base in beautiful San Antonio, Texas.

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For anyone living in Western Massachusetts or the NY Hudson Valley, I will be doing a poetry reading (with Michael Casey) at White Square Books in Easthampton, MA (not far from Amherst) on Friday night 22 June at 7 pm. Would love to see you all there!

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