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Phantom Orchard's latest demonstrates the unique improvisational language and rapport built on decades of collaboration between downtown NY-ers Ikue Mori and Zeena Parkins.
 

Mori, Ikue & Parkins, Zeena
Phantom Orchard

Mori, Ikue & Parkins, Zeena: Phantom Orchard (Tzadik)
Label: Tzadik    
Released in: USA    


"Friends and colleagues since 1988, Ikue Mori and Zeena Parkins are two of the strongest musical voices out of the downtown scene. Lynchpins of bands as diverse as DNA, Skeleton Crew, Electric Masada, Hemophiliac and Björk, their duo project Phantom Orchard is the perfect outlet for their unique and personal musical languages and their rapport is evident in each and every track. Here they create eleven compositions of unique cutting edge music with the help of some of the brightest lights in improvised music. Mystery, lyricism and electronic soundscapes from this most dynamic of all dynamic duos."-Tzadik



"Ikue Mori moved from her native city of Tokyo to New York in 1977. She started playing drums and soon formed the seminal NO WAVE band DNA, with fellow noise pioneers Arto Lindsay and Tim Wright. DNA enjoyed legendary cult status, while creating a new brand of radical rhythms and dissonant sounds; forever altering the face of rock music.

In the mid 80's Ikue started in employ drum machines in the unlikely context of improvised music. While limited to the standard technology provided by the drum machine, she has never the less forged her own highly sensitive signature style. Through out in 90's She has subsequently collaborated with numerous improvisors throughout the US, Europe, and Asia, while continuing to produce and record her own music. 1998, She was invited to perform with Ensemble Modern as the soloist along with Zeena Parkins, and composer Fred Frith, also "One hundred Aspects of the Moon" commissioned by Roulette/Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust. Ikue won the Distinctive Award for Prix Ars Electronics Digital Music category in 99.

In 2000 Ikue started using the laptop computer to expand on her already signature sound, thus broadening her scope of musical expression. 2000 commissioned by the KITCHEN ensemble, wrote and premired the piece "Aphorism" also awarded Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship. 2003 commissioned by RELACHE Ensemble to write a piece for film In the Street and premired in Philadelphia. Started working with visual played by the music since 2004. In 2005 Awarded Alphert/Ucross Residency.

Ikue received a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in 2006. In 2007 the Tate Modern commissioned Ikue to create a live sound track for screenings of Maya Deren's silent films. In 2008 Ikue celebrated her 30th year in NY and performed at the Japan Society. Recent commissioners include the Montalvo Arts Center and SWR German radio program and Shajah Art foundation in UAE. Current working groups include MEPHISTA with Sylvie Courvoisier and Susie Ibarra, PHANTOM ORCHARD with Zeena Parkins, project with Koichi Makigami and various ensembles of John Zorn. New duo Twindrums project with YoshimiO  workshop/lecture in various schools include University of Gothenburg, Dartmouth Collage, New England Conservatory, Mills Collage, Stanford University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago"

-Ikue Mori Website (http://www.ikuemori.com/bio.html)
2/22/2017





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Product Information:

UPC: 702397771821

Label: Tzadik
Catalog ID: TZA-CD-7718
Squidco Product Code: 9990

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Personnel:

Cyro Baptista-Percussion

Makigami Koichi-Voice, Jewsharp

Ikue Mori-Electronics

Zeena Parkins-Electric Harp, Acoustic Harp, Omnichord

Josh Quillen-Steel Drum

Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje-Voice, Real Time Processing

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Track Listing:

1. Inquisitive Fingers 5:52

2. Gypsoflia 5:51

3. Omni 3:22

4. Cavalcade 5:48

5. Ship Of The Damned 3:40

6. Big Foot 2:21

7. Cascade Of Joy 2:53

8. Green Dome 4:48

9. The Well 5:31

10. Magnetic Sleep 4:58

11. Kiss That Conquers 5:04