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Barbez w/ Velina Brown

For Those Who Came After: Songs Of Resistance From The Spanish Civil War

Barbez w/ Velina Brown: For Those Who Came After: Songs Of Resistance From The Spanish Civil War (Important Records)

New York's literate and genre-encompassing rock band Barbez led by guitarist and journalist Dan Kaufman present their 5th album, renderings of protest songs from The Spanish Civil War in a tribute to the Spanish International Brigades, blending avant-rock, contemporary classical, and folk music styles into a compelling and historically important set of songs.

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UPC: 616892525042

Label: Important Records
Catalog ID: IMPREC 455CD
Squidco Product Code: 25162

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Recorded at the Japan Society, in New York City, New York, on May 7th, 2016, by Damon Whittemore.


Peter Hess-clarinet, bass clarinet

Pamelia Stickney-Theremin

Danny Tunick-marimba, vibraphone

Dan Kaufman-guitar

Catherine McRae-violin

Peter Lettre-bass

John Bollinger-drums

Velina Brown-vocals

Dafna Naphtali-background vocals

Sebastiaan Faber-trumpet

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"Peter Hess grew up in Canton, Connecticut up in the northwest corner. From 1992 to 1996 he lived in Oberlin, Ohio, attending the Oberlin College and Conservatory. During that time he studied with Wendell Logan, Donald Walden, Jack Wilkins, and Paul Cohen, and gigged extensively in the Cleveland area. In 1997 he landed in Brooklyn, where he lives with his wife and daughter."

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"Pamelia Stickney (formerly known as Pamelia Kurstin) is an American theremin player. She has performed and recorded with many artists including David Byrne, Yoko Ono, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Seb Rochford, Otto Lechner and Simone Dinnerstein, and was instrumental to the final design of Robert Moog's Etherwave Pro Theremin, for which she was the primary test musician. Kurstin has made various film, television and radio appearances, most notably on Saturday Night Live, and in the 2004 documentary Moog.

Pamelia has also presented talks at events such as TED. Her background as a jazz musician on the upright bass has led to develop a "walking bass" theremin technique. She was based in New York until 2005; she now lives in Vienna, Austria.

Ms. Stickney was first introduced to the theremin during production of the album Into the Oh in 1999 by Luaka Bop duo Geggy Tah - singer/writer Tommy Jordan and keyboardist Greg Kurstin. She recorded Gymnopedie in 2000 as a member of the theremin/keyboard duo called "The Kurstins" with her then-husband, Greg. Her first solo album Thinking Out Loud was released in 2007 on John Zorn's Tzadik label. In 2011 the London-based label Slowfoot released Ouch Evil Slow Hop, a collaboration between Pamelia and Seb Rochford.

In 2013, Pamelia formed Blueblut with Mark Holub and Chris Janka. The Vienna-based trio released their first album hurts so gut on Bandcamp in 2014."

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"Percussionist/conductor/composer Danny Tunick is active in the classical, rock, and jazz scenes in and around New York City. He has worked closely with many dance companies, including Karole Armitage's Armitage Gone! Dance, Juliette Mapp ("One" and "Anna, Ikea and I" at Danspace Project, St. Mark's Church), Tanya Calamoneri's Company SoGoNo ("Two by Two"), and is currently working in collaboration with his wife, Action Theater performer Cassie Tunick, as "The 13th Hour of the 26th Day." He's also worked in the theater with directors such as Rinde Eckert Macarthur Award-winning playwright John Jesurun. He has composed the score for artist/director Jorge Columbo's film entitled 'Fishnet Minute.'

In the classical realm, he has performed in the premieres of works by innumerable composers, including Julia Wolfe, Annie Gosfield, Herbert Brun, Tania Leon, Arnold Dreyblatt, Charles Wuorinen, Eleanor Hovda, Glenn Branca, and Evan Ziporyn. As conductor, he has conducted works by the likes of Pierre Boulez, Charles Wuorinen, Zhou Long and 'New-Complexitist' James Boros.

As percussionist, he performs with the Violinist Lydia Forbes in the violin/percussion duo Entropy, which has played throughout America and the Netherlands, most recently giving a recital at Princeton University. He has performed regularly with the Elliott Sharp's 'Orchestra Carbon,' Princeton Composers Ensemble, the Ne(x)tworks Ensemble, the Common Sense Composers Ensemble, the Mellits Consort, the Dan Joseph Ensemble, and the Bang On A Can Festival, as well as being a member of Bang On A Can's Spit Orchestra. He has performed world-wide, including at Mexico's Cervantino Festival with the New Music group Cuicani, at which he was invited to give a talk on Contemporary Percussion performance as part of the 'Confrencias Magistrales' lecture series. He has toured Israel as a guest of the Israel Contemporary Players, performing the Israeli premier of Iannis Xenakis' "Okho," and premiered music of Bun-Ching Lam at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival. He was resident in Berlin, where he played music to accompany the premiere of John Jesurun's new production of "Chang in a Void Moon," and has performed throughout Europe and Russia with the groups Barbez, Rebecca Moore's Prevention of Blindness, and Guv'ner.

In the rock music sphere, he's played with Merge and Flying Nun recording artists The Mad Scene, Important Records recording artist Barbez, and Rebecca Moore's 'Prevention of Blindness', whose albums appear on both the Tzadik and Knitting Factory labels. He is also a member, along with Kitty Brazelton and Dafna Naphtali, of the Digital-Chamber-Punk trio "What Is It Like to Be a Bat," with whom he has performed as part of Newfoundland, Canada's 'Sound Symposium' Festival and at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design, among other venues.

Within the 'jazzy realm', he is a member of the Laura Andel Creative Orchestra, and has performed with Craig Harris, Butch Morris, Elliott Sharp, the Peter Zummo Group, and Lukas Ligeti, among others.

He received his BA in Music from the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied with William Winant and was awarded the Hertz traveling fellowship and the UC Regents Eisner Prize for the Creative Arts. He received an MM from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, studying under Raymond Des Roches.


Hated Principles, Stukas Over Bedrock, Wedge of Chastity, The Singing Nuns, Faun Fables, Guv'ner, Idiot Flesh, Ponyride, Flaming Fire, Rebecca Moore's Prevention of Blindness, Beat the Devil, Bee and Flower, H*E*R (Yvette Perez), Flower of Flesh and Blood, Cassis and the Sympathies, Dan Joseph Ensemble, Mellits Consort, Moe! Staiano, David First's The Western Enisphere."

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Dan Kaufman was born in 1970 in Madison, WI, United States and currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. He is a member of Barbez, and can be heard on More Beautiful Than Death by Either/Orchestra.

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Catherine McRae is a violin, known for Barbez, Glaciers, T Griffin Coraline, The Quavers, and tours with Richard Maxwell.

-Squidco 9/26/2022

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Peter Lettre is the bassist for Barbez, and is heard on Dan Kaufman's Tzadik release Force of Light.

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"John Bollinger is a drummer-percussionist/multi-media artist based in NYC. He has toured and recorded extensively throughout the world with multiple acts including The Sway Machinery, Barbez and Boy George. His work can be heard on over thirty albums, including Antony and the Johnsons' Gold and Mercury prize-winning album "I Am A Bird Now". He has worked with Rosie O'Donnell's Broadway Kids, the Bronx Opera, the Staten Island Ballet as well the Pan Asian Orchestra, Khaira Arby and Valerie June. Recently he drummed and performed in Aki Sosamoto's Bessie Award-nominated piece "Sunny and the Furnace", performed at The Kitchen. His work has been heard repeatedly on WNYC and WFMU.

John teaches Percussion 1 at the St. Ann's school in Brooklyn, as well as one-on-one drum instruction at The Dalton School, Trevor Day School and privately.

John Bollinger has been drumming since childhood in his hometown of Eugene, Oregon, where he played with local orchestras, school bands, and competed at the state level. He went on to major in Classical Percussion & Drumset at the University of Oregon with focus on classical, avant-garde and jazz styles He studied with noted percussionist, author and educator Charles Dowd. Upon migrating East to New York City in 1991, John quickly established himself in the New York music scene where he has performed in a wide variety of musical settings and idioms."

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"Velina Brown is a singer, director, award-winning actor, teacher, and columnist for Theater Bay Area Magazine. With a passion for challenging herself and her audience with socially relevant theater, Velina is committed to fostering new works on stage and screen, and to supporting those vibrant voices shaping theater and film, and that will change the world.

A Collective member of the Tony and OBIE award-winning (and never silent) San Francisco Mime Troupe, Velina has been a principal actor and guiding force for the world-famous company for over twenty years, touring nationally and internationally, helping create dozens of world premiere political musical dramas and comedies, each examining issues of peace, equality, or economic and social justice.

An accomplished singer and songwriter, Velina recieved a vocalist's schlorship to San Francisco State University, and performs regularly throughout the Bay Area. For the past 15 years she has also been an regular singer at the annual gala honoring the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade in both the San Francisco Bay Area and New York, performing with such luminaries as Pete Seeger and Arlo Guthrie. Velina released an EP of her original songs in 2013, and in 2016 recorded the album " For Those Who Came After: Songs of Resistance from the Spanish Civil War" with the Brooklyn-based band Barbez.

Velina graduated Magna Cum Laude from San Francisco State University, and has a Master's Degree in Counseling. Combining that training with her skill and experience as a working actor has developed her career and life coaching service, The Business of Show Biz, and has a monthly column of the same name in Theater Bay Area Magazine. Velina is a founding member of Theatre Bay Area's acclaimed ATLAS (Advanced Training Leading Artists to Success) program, and is also co-author of the recently published career development guide "ATLAS: Charting an Actor's Career Map," where she shares her talent and advise with both novice and experienced actors as they strive to share their passion, becoming the brave, challenging artists they want to be."

-Michael Gene Sullivan (

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"Dafna Naphtali is a sound-artist/improviser/composer from an eclectic musical background. As a singer/guitarist/electronic-musician she performs and composes using her Max/MSP programming for sound processing of voice and other instruments, and also interprets the work of Cage, Stockhausen and contemporary composers.

Dafna has collaborated / performed with many experimental musicians and video artists over the past 20 years, such as Ras Moshe, Kathleen Supové, Lukas Ligeti, David First, Joshua Fried, and Hans Tammen as well as video artists (Benton-C Bainbridge, Angie Eng, Lenore Malen and others) and with choreographer Daria Fain. She's co-led the digital chamber punk ensemble, What is it Like to be a Bat? with Kitty Brazelton since 1997 (more music in the works!) and was a founder of Magic Names vocal ensemble (performing Stockhausen's Stimmung).

She's received commissions and awards from NY Foundation for the Arts (2001, 2013), NY State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, Experimental TV Center, Brecht Forum, and residencies at STEIM (Holland), Music OMI and iEAR at Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute. She's twice received commissions from American Composers Forum (1999 work for pianist Kathleen Supové plus Disklavier, and in 2010 for Magic Names vocal ensemble),. Dafna is a 2011 recipient of Franklin Furnace Fund award to develop work with Eric Singer's LEMUR music robots.

She's performed and traveled widely and under usual circumstances for her music (to festivals and venues around the world), (including to India for collaboration with Hindustani singer, Vidya Shah (courtesy of American Music Center). Dafna teaches and gives workshops at universities in the US and Europe, and holds a Masters in Music Technology from New York University, where she is part-time faculty .

She has been teaching, programming and consulting about computer music since1995 at Harvestworks (New York) and as a freelancer, and has done sound design and/or programming work for the projects of many artists at the forefront of digital and interactive music.

Dafna can be heard on Mechanique(s) (Acheulian Handaxe), on What is it Like to be a Bat? (Tzadik/Oracles) (4 Stars, All Music Guide) with Brazelton and Danny Tunick, Her CD Chatter Blip with Chuck Bettis is on Acheulian Handaxe."

-Dafna Naphtali Website (

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Trumpeter Sebastiaan Faber is a professor of Hispanic Studies at Oberlin College (United States).

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track listing:

1. Viva La Quince Brigada 6:32

2. Venga Jaleo 3:30

3. L'Internationale 2:55

4. Peat Bog Soldiers 2:30

5. Si Me Quieres Escribir 3:21

6. Song Of The United Front 3:04

7. Los Cuatro Generales 3:10

8. Freiheit 2:46

9. No Pasaran 2:29

10. A Las Barricadas 2:14
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"On October 6th, sui generis Brooklyn-based band Barbez, in collaboration with singer Velina Brown, release a remarkable tribute to the International Brigades called For Those Who Came After: Songs Of Resistance From The Spanish Civil War. The album, consisting of inventive and moving new renderings of the indelible protest songs of the International Brigades, was recorded live at the Japan Society, in 2016, at the annual reunion of veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade. The highlight of the reunion has always been the singing of these songs, which were led on several occasions by Pete Seeger, a life-long friend of the Lincoln veterans, who recorded many of them for his iconic 1944 album, Songs Of The Lincoln Battalion. Barbez draws on avant-rock, contemporary classical, and folk music styles such as cumbia and flamenco to reinvent iconic songs for a new generation of listeners. It's the first Barbez record since 2013's acclaimed Bella Ciao. Dan Kaufman, the bandleader of Barbez, moonlights as a journalist. Over the course of reporting, he got to know many veterans of the Lincoln Brigade, including the last surviving one, Del Berg, who died at 100 in 2016. "A Las Barricadas" is a fragment of an interview Kaufman conducted with Berg the year before he died. "Viva La Quince Brigade", the Brigade's unofficial anthem, features a fragment of an interview with Abe Osheroff, a legendary Lincoln vet and life-long activist. In October 1938, the International Brigades were sent home. Five months later, Madrid, the Republic's last holdout, fell. Some half million Spanish Republican exiles fled by foot across the border, settling for a time in damp, primitive internment camps on the beaches of southern France. Their plight -- and defiance -- are captured in the image on this album's cover, taken by the renowned war photographer Robert Capa in 1939."-Important

"Barbez, sui generis luminaries of the New York music scene, weave a haunting mosaic of avant-rock, old-world cabaret, Eastern European folksong, and contemporary classical into a uniquely beautiful and personal soundscape. An unconventional line-up, a rock-tinged chamber ensemble comprised of theremin, clarinet, violin, vibraphone, electric guitar, bass and drums, forges a rich sonic tapestry and ever-shifting passages that alternate between quiet intensity and passionate frenzy.

Since its formation in Brooklyn in the late 1990s, Barbez has released five albums, each of them engineered and mixed by the incomparable Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Swans, Herbie Hancock). The group's last record, Force of Light, released on John Zorn's Tzadik label, was an homage to the Romanian-Jewish Holocaust poet Paul Celan. The band's forthcoming record for Tzadik, Bella Ciao, is inspired by ancient Roman Jewish melodies and the Italian Resistance during the Second World War. To help tell that epic story of defiance, the album incorporates poems by the great Italian writer and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini and the wartime poet Alfonso Gatto. The title track, an intense rendition of the partisan anthem "Bella Ciao," has been an international symbol of resistance for seventy years and is re-imagined here for a new generation.

For the past decade, Barbez has performed across the United States and Europe including engagements at UCLA's Royce Hall in Los Angeles, sharing the bill with the MC5 and Sun Ra Arkestra, the Festival Musicas Do Mondo in Sines, Portugal and the Museum of Jewish Art and History in Paris, France. Over its history, Barbez has collaborated with a diverse group of musicians including Dawn McCarthy of Faun Fables, the cellist Julia Kent of Antony and the Johnsons, and the singer and guitarist Nils Frykdahl of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. The group has also been privileged to perform with a wide variety of groups including Cat Power, Devendra Banhart, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and the Angels of Light, among many others.

Barbez maintains a long-running collaboration with the experimental theatre director, filmmaker, and playwright, John Jesurun, a MacArthur "genius" grant winner, and have composed and performed scores for several of Jesurun's theatrical works, which have been staged at the Berliner Festspiele, in Berlin, Germany and the Rubin Museum of Himalayan Art in New York. Jesurun, who directed the renowned "Last Goodbye" video for Jeff Buckley, has directed two videos for the band from their Paul Celan-inspired record, Force of Light. Barbez has also contributed music for several dance works, including One and The Making of Americans, both choreographed by the Bessie-award winner Juliette Mapp and presented, respectively, by Danspace Project and Dance Theatre Workshop in New York."-Barbez Website

Also available on vinyl LP.
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