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April 15th, 2014

Two Days Of Sonic Mayhem: Merzbow Gustafsson and Pandi in Studio and Live in London

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Dear Friends

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Merzbow (Masami Akita), Mats Gustasfsson and Balazs Pandi came to London on April 13th and April 14th to record a new chapter in the saga of CUTS with the participation of special guest Thurston Moore and to perform LIVE at the Oval Space.

Recording took place at Park Studios in Wembley

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After some setup in the Studio/Skating Park

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Things started to move up a gear

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3 Incredibly intense hours later all had to take a break photo7 photo8

Results were utterly spellbinding. The new “Cuts” release will see the light of the day very early 2015 on RareNoiseRecords.

The next day was at The Oval Space in Hackney (totally a playground for Gordon Freeman)

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was the day of the live. People were at work industriously from mid afternoon

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Incredible performance on the night by Merzbow, Mats Gustafsson and Balazs Pandi

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Then a well earned rest

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This is what they sounded on the night

Hope You Enjoyed!

 

 

March 23rd, 2014

A Look Beyond The Horizon: Setting The New Standard in May

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May 2014 will see the release of an incredible recording, featuring three colossi of their respective arts – The New Standard.

Words fail us, when trying to present you this masterpiece. Recorded in Jamie Saft’s Potterville Studios direct to analogue tape under supervision of legendary engineer, producer and mixer Joe Ferla, The New Standard captures the magical meeting between pianist and composer extraordinaire Jamie Saft (whose releases on RareNoise include Slobber Pup, Plymouth, Metallic Taste of Blood, Berserk!), Bass Legend Steve Swallow and legendary drummer Bobby Previte.

The New Standard will be available in all the usual formats, mastered from analogue tape for timeless sonic perfection.

For the time being, enjoy snapshots from the very recent vinyl mastering sessions at Masterdisk under the watchful eye of Scott Hull and Alex De Turk

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Finally – here’s a short video from the cutting sessions – with an exclusive taste of The New Standard : 

Enjoy!

March 18th, 2014

Berserk! (Movie) and Mumpbeak: New Live Dates in March and April

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Two of our most esteemed acts will shortly be connecting with you, the public:

Berserk! (Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari – vox/guitars/keys , Lorenzo Feliciati  - bass/doublebass , featuring Eivind Aarset on guitars) will be performing live back-to-back dates in Northern Italy (SudWerk, Bolzano on the 19th Of March) and Austria (Kulturfabrik, Kufstein, on the 20th of March).

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Following on this, Mumpbeak (Roy Powell on Hohner Clavinet, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz on electric bass and Pat Mastelotto on drums) will be performing two back to back nights in New York City:

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From 930pm on the 24th of April 2014 at ShapeShifter Lab  followed by 2 sets at The Stone on the 25th of April 2014 (part of Bill Laswell’s curated week at The Stone!)

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

March 16th, 2014

Plymouth Available to Pre-Order Now

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Dear Friends,

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following up on our previous post detailing the the release of Chat Noir’s Elec3Cities, we would like to introduce you to the second RareNoiseRecords release slated for  APRIL 7TH 2014:

Plymouth (RNR040/RNR040LP)

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Following on the heels of their successful collaboration on 2013‘s Slobber Pup, one of the most intensely throbbing releases in the RareNoise catalog, keyboardist Jamie Saft and guitarist Joe Morris have reunited for another potent and provocative offering in Plymouth. Joining them on the three expansive pieces that comprise this purely improvised set are the indelible rhythm tandem of bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Gerald Cleaver, who have played together in various settings (including Morris’ quartet) since the late ‘90s, and rising star avant garde guitarist Mary Halvorson (a former student of Morris’). Together they create compelling stream-of-conscious sonic excursions that range from zen-like quietude to hellacious distortion-laced fury, as on the 20-minute “Manomet,” the 13-minute title track and the 29-minute journey, “Standish.” Nothing is ever predictable or resolves neatly on this audacious, wildly uncompromising outing.

DownBeat writer John Ephland reviewed Plymouth’s U.S. debut on a special RareNoise label showcase held at Shapeshifter lab in Brooklyn on Dec. 13, 2013:

“Beginning with a dose of dreamy electric piano, Plymouth brought on a storm of floating, shimmering rubato. The playing centered around a gently implied beat. Halvorson’s guitar work started with deft, unobtrusive slide playing, which provided a contrast to Morris’ more dedicated single-note lines. Saft’s chimey chords directed the music into a loose-limbed rock cadence, while Morris’ hard-edged picking served as a drone. Halvorson replied with lush chordal phrases, while Saft’s scary-movie organ lines were a lattice for what became a two-note jam of squirrelly lines, repeated over and over. Saft continued with dense thickets of sound combined with repeated loops and pedal effects from both guitarists. By this point, there was an audible heaving and sighing over a definite groove, menacing but also somehow innocent. The group improvisation could be heard as a collection of voices—five individuals foraging through a forest of sounds.”

“This group was conceived as a way to bring together Joe Morris and Mary Halvorson with a rhythm section of long standing friends and colleagues,” explains Saft, who co-produced the recording with Morris. “It’s a very different sound than Slobber Pup but created with a similar attitude and focus on total freedom. Nothing was pre-conceived or discussed beforehand. It’s purely a meeting of sympathetic minds that resulted in something quite astonishing.”

While Saft’s keyboard rig in the crunching quartet Slobber Pup is mostly organs running through a Marshall amp turned up to 11, his setup in Plymouth is based around the acoustic piano fed through an Echoplex (like on his own dub-influenced New Zion Trio). Morris and Halvorson interact intuitive on guitar, alternately between clean tones and distortion tones, with Halvorson also supplying some of her signature chordal swells with her deft use of a Whammy Bar pedal. Chris Lightcap, who almost exclusively plays upright bass in his own group Bigmouth and in his numerous sideman roles, plays a hollowbody electric bass with a fuzz pedal on this Plymouth session. And Cleaver, a remarkably flexible and powerful drummer, provides the glue that holds all the freewheeling excursions together.

“I absolutely love playing with Gerald,” says Saft. “He is the rare marriage of power, depth and complete freedom. Gerald frames all the madness with an acoustic sound that is extra rich and complements all the electrical energy perfectly.”

Saft, who has long been associated with many of John Zorn’s ensembles including The Dreamers and Electric Masada and has also toured and recorded with the pioneering Japanese noise musician Merzbow, heaped praise on his Plymouth partner Morris, a free jazz guitar icon with more than 20 releases as a leader to his credit.

“I’ve known Joe for over 20 years,” says Saft. “We made music together in the early ‘90s in Boston when I was finishing up as a student at New England Conservatory. Joe was a local avant legend and I was extremely fortunate to get to work with him back then. We lost touch for almost 20 years and reconnected at some festivals a few years ago and started brainstorming.”

Plymouth available to PRE-ORDER NOW as

CD Digipack (with free mp3 download) - CD Deliveries Start Around April 7th

Single LP (180 gm Vinyl with free mp3 download) - Vinyl Deliveries Start Around April 28th

COMBO (CD Digipack + Single Vinyl + free flac download + free mp3 download) - Combo Deliveries Start Around April 28th

HD flac (24bit/96Khz lossless) download - available immediately

flac (lossless) download - available immediately

mp3 (lossy) download - available immediately

Plymouth will be available on  Online Stores / High Street Stores / Digital Stores (Itunes/Emusic/Amazon…)/Streaming (Spotify/Deezer/…)  from the second/third weeks of April .

March 16th, 2014

Chat Noir’s Elec3Cities available to Pre-Order Now

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Dear Friends,

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following up on our previous post detailing our release schedule for 2014 , we would like to introduce you to to the first of two next releases due out APRIL 7TH 2014:

Chat Noir’s Elec3Cities (RNR038/RNR038LP)

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By organically blending elements of electronica and ambient music with bits of chamber music and jazz, the innovative trio of pianist Michele Cavallari, bassist Luca Fogagnolo and drummer Giuliano Ferrari has come up with a wholly unique sound on Elec3Cities that may establish a daring new direction for the piano trio. This delicate balance of electronic experimentalism and acoustic piano jazz has been evolving gradually from the group’s initial release in 2006, Adoption, and continued on 2007’s Decoupage through 2008’s Difficult to See You and 2011’s acclaimed Weather Forecasting Stone. But the three Italian musicians take it to a wholly new level on Elec3Cities, their most overtly experimental outing to date.

“Experimentation has always been a fundamental part of our work, in the past as well as now,” says bassist Fogagnolo. “We’d describe our journey as a ship adrift. If jazz was our starting point we’ve always felt free to explore different languages. So for us, Elec3Cities does not feel like a conceptual leap since we have been gradually incorporating electronic manipulation of acoustic sounds into our music all along. The unique circumstance of the three of us being in three different cities during the recording of this project created an opportunity for us to more extensively use electronic sounds as a common language.”

By creating their fifth album in a ‘virtual studio,’ the three members of Chat Noir showed that they are right on the cutting edge of recording technology. Indeed, the methods used in putting Elec3Cities together didn’t even exist five year ago. As Fogagnolo explains,

“The album was entirely developed by exchanging music session through a cloud-based system. So although the album is based on the usual three pillars – piano, bass and drums – the novel recording approach allowed us to have more time to devote to paying attention to small details. We could experiment a lot more in the post-production phase to manipulate the sounds and tracks. We had time to craft our work according to the original concept that we had for it, as well as ample time for it to take on a new form after multiple exchanges of ideas among the three of us.”

The resulting sound of this expansive, genre-defying project is at times powerfully cinematic (“Avant Buddha”) or delicately balladic (“Chelsea High Line”), dreamily evocative (“Pearls”), minimalist and ambient (“Aspekt”) or bombastic and rhythmically charged (“Radio Show”). Surprises abound within each instrumental journey, whether it’s the sonic excursion on “Peaceful,” which builds from ruminative solo piano to throbbing crescendo, or the dramatic “Our Hearts Have Been Bombed” which travels from zen-like minimalism to provocative dub-noise passages.

While the core of Chat Noir may have come from a modern jazz piano trio setting, somewhat along the lines of E.S.T. or the Bad Plus, Fogagnolo maintains that there is very little improvisation on their latest recording. “It always took a marginal place in our music,” he says.

“We always preferred to express our sound in a structured form rather than playing ‘solos.’ However, for Elec3Cities, each of us often improvised and recorded them as audio tracks for the others to listen to and spark different possible solutions for a theme or a sound as you hear it.”

Following in the footsteps of such pioneering North European electronic jazz artists as Nils Petter, Molvaer, Eivind Aarset,  Jan Bang, Eric Honore, Arve Henriksen and bands like Supersilient and Jaga Jazzst, Chat Noir are poised to take their place on that new music scene with the release of Elec3Cities, their most adventurous and potent project to date.

Elec3Cities available to PRE-ORDER NOW as

CD Digipack (with free mp3 download) - CD Deliveries Start Around April 7th

Single LP (180 gm Vinyl with free mp3 download) - Vinyl Deliveries Start Around April 28th

COMBO (CD Digipack + Single Vinyl + free flac download + free mp3 download) - Combo Deliveries Start Around April 28th

HD flac (24bit/96Khz lossless) download - available immediately

flac (lossless) download - available immediately

mp3 (lossy) download - available immediately

Elec3Cities will be available on  Online Stores / High Street Stores / Digital Stores (Itunes/Emusic/Amazon…)/Streaming (Spotify/Deezer/…)  from the second/third weeks of April .

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