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Belisle-Chi, Gregg

KOI - performing the music of Tim Berne

Belisle-Chi, Gregg: KOI - performing the music of Tim Berne (Relative Pitch)

After hearing Matt Mitchell's solo piano album performing the music of saxophonist Tim Berne, Brooklyn-based acoustic guitarist Gregg Belisle-Chi asked himself how Berne's compositions would sound on his own instrument, reaching out to the composer for guidance as he went into the studio to interpret and record these 10 Berne compositions.

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UPC: 5902249003857

Label: Relative Pitch
Catalog ID: RPR1134
Squidco Product Code: 30679

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Westwing Studios, in Kingston, New York, in December 2020by David Torn.


Gregg Belisle-Chi-acoustic guitar

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Artist Biographies:

"Gregg Belisle-Chi is a guitarist and composer living in Brooklyn, New York.

Throughout his career, he has performed with Bill Frisell, Tim Berne, Cuong Vu, Steve Swallow, Reid Anderson, Ted Poor, Eyvind Kang, Ben Goldberg, Wayne Horvitz, Tom Varner, Bob Sheppard, Jay Clayton, and Jessica Dobson (Deep Sea Diver, Beck, The Shins).

He maintains an active career in music as a leader, sideman, and educator.

As leader:

Good Intentions (co-lead with Sam Decker, Dov Manski, Luke Bergman, and Dave Flaherty): playing original compositions inspired by pop/rock and singer/songwriter music.

Ensō (with Matt Aronoff and Jason Burger): a trio of guitar, electric bass, and drums playing songs inspired by twelve tone rows, long form compositions, and mixed meter rhythmic cycles.

Book of Hours (with Dov Manski, Matt Aronoff, and Michael W. Davis): a 50 minute through-composed piece with elements of improvisation, inspired by the history and texts of the Mass Ordinary, featuring a quartet for guitar, bass, keys, and drums.

I Sang to You and the Moon (with Chelsea Crabtree, Ray Larsen, and Carmen Rothwell): a song cycle based on the poetry of Carl Sandburg, featuring a chamber ensemble of guitar, vocals, trumpet, and bass. [...]"

-Gregg Belisle-Chi Website (

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track listing:

1. Chance 5:52

2. Three Whisky Exception 3:58

3. Trauma One 4:57

4. Giant Squids 3:42

5. Huh/Brokelyn 6:35

6. Middle Seat Blues 3:16

7. Huevos 4:02

8. Reception 5:32

9. Starfish Blues 3:50

10. Sequins 2:33
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"KOI is very near and dear to me. Tim Berne has long been a hero of mine and, upon moving to New York, was one of my bucket list collaborators. I'm elated to be releasing this record of his music, produced by him and David Torn (who also mixed and mastered it beautifully.) This record is a brand new endeavor for me: a collection of solo acoustic guitar rendi+tions of his masterful compositions. I remember hearing Forage, Matt Mitchell's breathtaking solo piano record of Tim's music, in 2017 and thinking to myself "Goddam, wouldn't it be amazing if a guitar player did this too?"

I didn't expect that guitarist to be me, but with Tim's blessing and guidance, we were able to make it happen...and I think it turned out extremely well. All in all, this record is a dream come true: collaborating with Tim, having a recording enhanced by David Torn, album art designed by the one and only Steve Byram. [...] I hope you enjoy the journey of listening as much as I enjoyed the journey of playing."Gregg Belisle-Chi,New York, 2021

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