The Alan Sondheim Mail Archive

October 6, 2006

(yes, I know, shameless self-promotion but the work is good)

>From Thu Oct  5 11:41:05 2006
Subject: preorder alan sondheim & what welive w/ saadet
          [x-unknown] trkz cds


(for more information:

We are proud to announce that our next two releases, "Ski/nn" by Alan 
Sondheim and "Sound Catcher" by What We Live w/ Saadet Trkz are now 
available for preorder.

FM 07 "Ski/nn":

The return of Alan Sondheim!

A recording of solo acoustic guitar and alpine zither songs, this release 
will delight those familiar with his early Riverboat (reissued as FM 04) 
and ESP Disc recordings as well as the audience for experimental solo 
guitar - while creating an audience for experimental solo alpine zither! 
On this release, Alan performs on the 1927 martin tenor guitar, 19th 
century parlor guitar, 1920s prime alpine zither and 1860s elegie alpine 

Dan Wharburton of Paris Transatlantic said of the reissue of The Songs:

"an endearingly ramshackle melting pot of free jazz, blues and folk (if 
Eugene Chadbourne later described his work as "free improvised country & 
western bebop" then this is "free improvised Hawaiian flamenco gospel 
blues music theatre).. its influence resonates (indirectly, one imagines, 
unless there are more copies of the original vinyl in circulation than I 
imagine) in the free folk of today's New Weird America scene."

Now listeners have the opportunity to hear for themselves the present day 
song form manifestations of this overlooked creative master.

FM 08 "Sound Catcher"

What We Live is a San Francisco based jazz/ improvised music group formed 
by bassist/composer Lisle Ellis in 1994. The three regular members are 
Lisle Ellis: acoustic bass; Lawrence Ochs, tenor and sopranino saxophones; 
Don Robinson, drums and percussion. Ellis' initial vision was to bring 
together a small group of musicians to investigate concepts central to the 
tradition of jazz-based improvisation swing, song form, modalities, etc - 
in a less explicit manner than the mainstream but in a more emphatically 
traditional way than offered by the practice of free jazz. Their resumes 
include time spent with Cecil Taylor, Paul Bley, ROVA, Fred Frith, Terry 
Riley, Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, John Tchicai and a virtual whos 
who of improvised/creative music.

Saadet Trkz was born in Istanbul in 1961. Due to the political pressures 
of the Chinese government upon the Turk people in East Turkestan, her 
parents fled to Istanbul where they settled as Kazakh refugees. They 
transmitted to her the rich oral and musical traditions of Central Asia.

At 20 years of age, she left Istanbul for Switzerland, where she 
experienced an exciting new world of music: free jazz, improvisation and a 
refreshing openness towards experimentation that paralleled her unbiased 
approach to the musical traditions of her origins.

Release Date: 10/24/2006

$ 10 plus $2 us, $3 canada, $4 rest of the world postage -

available now! fm-05 & 06
erik amlee - afternoon dream
helena espvall - nimis & arx

fire museum records
p.o. box 591754
san francisco, ca. 94159 u.s.a.

Concerto for Harmonica and Access Grid

a is filtered from b; they should be played in the order a-b
The path was Brooklyn -- Argonne -- West Virginia -- Argonne - West
The programmatic subject is the calling and mourning of the dead,
    for the dying

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