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Underriner, Chaz: Meditations (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Composer and sound artist Chaz Underriner composed these eight meditation in 2021 during residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and the NYU Music Technology studios, recorded at Stetson University in Florida with an ensemble including four vocalists, cello, piano, percussion, electronics and field recordings; beautifully introspective and thought provoking works.

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UPC: 4011778039594

Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records
Catalog ID: EWR 2124
Squidco Product Code: 31531

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at Stetson University, in Florida, USA, in August, 2021, by Dustin Beaumont and Chaz Underriner.


Cass Panuska-voice

Laura Kimmel-voice

Torlef Borsting-voice

Chadley Ballantyne-voice

Jamie Clark-cello

Sean Kennard-piano, percussion

Colby Savary-percussion

Chaz Underriner-electronics

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"Time is a point, substance is flux, perception dull, the soul a whirl, the body a stream, the soul a dream and vapour."

(Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, Book II, 17).

"...The peculiar beauty of fruit: Figs, when they are ripe gape open, and in the ripe olives the being near to rottenness adds a peculiar beauty of fruit."

(Aurelius, Book III, 1).

"Everything harmonizes with me which is harmonious to thee, O Universe. Everything is fruit to me which they seasons bring, O Nature."

(Aurelius, Book IV, 23).

"Forget sleep

Forget wheeling dancers or birds

and one cloud paused as if tying a sandal

all things forget"

(Terri Witek, Impermanence Fragments, stanza 2)

"...Shew me that I am so little..."

(Juliana of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love, 18)

"Strik[e] unbounded space and hear it reverberate...One being, all [forms of] being; one time, all times."

(Zen Master Dōgen, Shōbōgenzō, 6)

"My whole being is [like] the mouth of a bell suspended in empty space."

(Dōgen, 28)

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Artist Biographies

"Dr. Jamie Clark currently serves as Assistant Professor of Cello and Coordinator of Chamber Music at Stetson University. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the New England Conservatory in 2018 upon the completion of her dissertation "The Art of Rehearsing: A Multidimensional Study in Rehearsing String Quartets.". "

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Colby Savary is a Swiss drummer and percussionist.

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"Chaz Underriner (b. 1987 in Texas, USA) is a composer, intermedia artist and performer based in DeLand, Florida. Chaz's work explores the representation of reality in art, especially landscape, through the juxtaposition of video projections, audio recordings and live performers. His work is "quietly radiant in animated stasis" (The Wire 2022) and "enchant[s] the listener so that time loses its function, so that you are completely subordinated to your dreams." (Nieuw Noten 2017)

Chaz's work has been programmed at Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht, NE), the Los Angeles Philharmonic National Composer's Intensive, GROUND Solyanka (Moscow, RU), the Proyector International Video Art Festival (Madrid, ES), the Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival (Hawick, UK), the International Computer Music Conference, the Impuls Festival (Graz, AU), the Morley College Engine Room Sound Art Exhibition (London, UK), the National Building Museum (Washington DC), the 2012 Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, Darmstadt (DE), the Global Composition Conference (Dieburg, DE), Ostrava New Music Days (CZ), Champ dAction's Laboratorium (Antwerp, BE), the Charlotte New Music Festival (USA), the Louisville New Music Festival (USA), Dogstar Orchestra (Los Angeles), and the Timucua Arts Foundation (USA).

As an engineer, composer, and performer, Chaz's work has been released on Edition Wandelweiser Records (EWR 1502), Slubmusic (Michael Pisaro/Taku Sugimoto), New World Records (Michael Winter), Fleur du Son (Triopolis), Task Records (Devin Disanto), Sedimental Records (Ex Mus) and Delos Records (Sean Kennard).

Chaz is an Assistant Professor of Digital Arts at Stetson University. Previously, Chaz was an Adjunct Professor and Audio Engineer at Grayson College, an Adjunct Professor at the Art Institute of Dallas, the Lead Engineer at the UNT College of Music Lab Recording Studio, and a founder and curator of the ex mus concert series."

-Chaz Underriner Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Introduction 4:57

2. Time Is A Point 6:59

3. The Peculiar Beauty Of Fruit 3:49

4. Everything Harmonizes 3:37

5. Chorale 6:02

6. Forget Sleep 8:00

7. Shew Me I Am So Little 7:55

8. My Whole Being Is 7:31

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