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Hinds, Killick / Francesca Remigi: Empowered Kind (Habitable & H(i)nds(i)ght Records)

The duo of guitarist Killick Hinds on stringed instruments, bells & electronics, and Italian/NY drummer Francesca Remigi on acoustic & electronic drums, percussion, and credited with Delene Porter for performing on "symbiote"; an "eclectic, ecstatic and exploratory duo strives for sonic research and for breaking the barriers of the conventional process of music making."

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UPC: 0670087254322

Label: Habitable & H(i)nds(i)ght Records
Catalog ID: HR009
Squidco Product Code: 32993

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at The Glow Recording Studio, in Athens, Georgia, on February 17th and 18th, 2022, by Jesse Mangum.


Killick Hinds-stringed instruments, bells, electronics

Francesca Remigi-acoustic drums, electronic drums, percussions, symbiote

Delene Porter-symbiote

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"Killick Hinds lives in Athens, Georgia. His music is Appalachian Trance Metal with an emphasis on unquantifiable rhythms, intuitive intonation, and shamanistic ROYGBIV. He plays a variety of unusual stringed instruments (bowed H'arpeggione; Big Red harp guitar; 3rd bridge Harmonic Isolator; infinite sustain Vo-96; fretless guitar; quarter tone fretted guitar; banjo; 3-string one-holer; 6- & 7-string guitar) with a comprehensive approach to genres known and as-yet-unlabeled. Specific focus includes sympathetic string activity; microtonality; pantonality; natural harmonic fretting; playing between the fretting hand and nut; and emerging technologies to facilitate new musical pathways. Reinvention has been the constant throughout his creative output. He has toured extensively as a performer (since 1985, hundreds of club/gallery/school/festival appearances in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Illinois, Colorado, California, Louisiana) and is an active organizer and promoter of lesser-heard music. He founded record label Solponticello in 2001, and now runs H(i)nds(i)ght Studio for his musical and written word pursuits. Pop-culture mashups and ancient and obscure forms infuse his music; his song titles are integral to the works they embody: they result from free association without censorship, refined until they capture the tenor of a given piece of music.

Killick has deeply rooted classical technique as a player, but broadens his music by stretching and contracting phrases temporally, conceptually, dynamically, and stylistically. The effect more closely resembles speech patterns and emotionally-drawn architecture than it does conventional Western music. Despite its eclectic nature, the music is surprisingly familiar and accessible to audiences of all ages and levels of musical involvement.

Outside interests and jobs have included yoga and lifeguard training, 13+ years of public school writing assessment for the state of Georgia, 5 years working at Daily Groceries Food Co-op, oceanographic research, archaeology, psychology, philosophy, and religious and women's studies. Killick has a fascination with early 80s arcade games, plus a love for instruments and any tools that encourage linear expansion. At age 19 through the Sea Education Association, Killick sailed from New England to the Caribbean on the brigantine SSV Corwith Cramer. Travels to France, Costa Rica, Australia, Tahiti, Mexico, Canada (Ontario, New Brunswick, Québec, Newfoundland), and Morocco plus the first 3 years of his life in Japan are formative experiences. A near-death experience in 2008 and an active meditation practice (including a recent 10-day silent Vipassana meditation retreat) have greatly broadened his perspective and capacity for compassion. The primary sonic influences on Killick are animals, wind, water, fire, electrical hum, and silence.

Killick's preferred performance vehicle is the solo concert, a "One (Sha)Man Band" channeling the muse in the fashion of shamanic ritual of old. Every performance is different, factoring the instrumentation and energy of the audience and space. Various strains of Killick's training and enculturation appear in bespoke combinations with the likelihood of something (an approach, a texture, a rhythm, a juxtaposition) entirely new emerging. Shamanic presentation is characterized by sometimes abrupt shifts in mood, pulse, and harmony yet Killick prioritizes inviting dialogue infused with levity and sudden beauty.

In 2012 Killick published his first book, an autobiography about the creative process called The World For A Dying Antidote.

He has given masterclasses and forums in musical improvisation at the University of Colorado Boulder, CalArts in Valencia CA, Alfred University in Alfred, New York, the University of Georgia Athens, and through the Frantasia Festival in Livermore Falls, Maine and City University of New York's New York City Electroacoustic Improvisation Summit. Killick has co-presented with luthier Fred Carlson at the University of California, Santa Cruz as part of the International Society of Improvising Musicians 2009 conference. He has served as musical education guest in the Gwinnett & Athens-Clarke County school districts. Killick's work has been featured in Guitar Player, Creative Loafing, Copper Press, Flagpole, Signal to Noise, among many other magazines, as well as online publications Bandcamp Daily, Unfretted, Guitar Moderne, Prepared Guitar, and New Music Box.

Killick was co-curator, along with Athens musician Julie Caldwell and MacArthur "Genius Grant" Fellow Ken Vandermark, of the Athens Creative Media Encounter (ACME) Festival in 2004, centering around the music of pioneering free jazz saxophonist Peter Brötzmann. In 2010, Killick was southeastern tour coordinator and a nightly performer for The Improvisor magazine's 30th anniversary four-city traveling concert series.

From 2002-2004, Killick organized The Butterfly Effect, a yearly concert series highlighting new music compositions by Athens composers. Killick also organized several Solponticello Nights and numerous large-scale concert promotions over the years, including the world premiere peformance of Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet (attendance: 1,000!). Killick has showcased numerous local, national, and international performers for Athens concertgoers for more than 20 years.

With host Robb Holmes, Killick helped start the popular WUGA ( radio and television program It's Friday (which in 2015 celebrated its 300th show), presenting local and regional, well-known and yet-to-be, musical acts of all types.

Killick performed and recorded his interpretation of Slayer's thrash metal classic Reign In Blood on his 18-string H'arpeggione, and was a technical consultant and interviewee for the 33 1/3 series book about Reign In Blood by D.X. Ferris published by Bloomsbury.

With Pocketful of Claptonite, Killick has performed an Athens-centric cover of the underground classic Franklin Kiermyer album Solomon's Daughter; Pharaoh Sanders' saxophone role was played by Killick on guitar. Thunder O(h)m!, Crazy Hoarse, Killick & Monique, Killick & Sahada, and Beverley Hinds are also Killick's groups.

Killick has played with many great creatives from around the world, including composer/violinist Annie Leeth, electronic media artist Paloma Kop, prepared guitarist Christopher Riggs, artist Dale Inglett, Monterrey, Mexico rock band The Warning (bassist/vocalist Alejandra Villarreal, guitarist/vocalist Daniela Villarreal, drummer/vocalist Paulina Villarreal), clarinetist Kathryn Koopman, clarinetist/saxophonist Chris Tidwell, vocalist Monique Osorio, violinist Sahada Buckley, bassist Michael Manring, guitarist Se'nam Palmer, flautist Beto Cacao, drummer Kathleen Duffield, Haken Continuumist Arto Artinian, violist LaDonna Smith, vocalist Claire Campbell, vocalist Claire Dunphy, guitarist Colin Bragg, drummer Blake Helton, trumpeter Jeff Crouch, cornettist Pete Lawless, violinist Ezra Buchla, bassist Thomas Helton, guitarist Mary Halvorson, saxophonist Blaise Siwula, cellist/bassist Heather McIntosh, guitarist Jeff McLeod, guitarist Sándor Szabó, improviser Id M Theft Able, saxophonist/vocalist Louise D. E. Jensen, saxophonist Larry Ochs, drummer Ravish Momin, drummer Jamie DeRevere, fretless guitarist Adam Wilson, clarinettist Samuel Burt, multi-instrumentalist Neil Feather, cellist Chelsea Dunn, bassist Darrin Cook, drummer John Norris, pianist Brad Bassler, guitarist/bassist Jamie Thomas, guitarist Charlie Rauh, trumpeter Liz Allbee, the Shaking Ray Levis, guitarist Tim Schroeder, electronic musician Harry Shaffer, bassist Tom Blancarte, bassist C.J. Boyd, pianist Scott Eggert, cellist Alec Livaditis, guitarist Henry Kaiser, Duet for Theremin & Lap Steel, guitarist Scott Baxendale, lap steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, poet Life the Griot, multi-instrumentalist Jon Francis, and bassist Peter Kowald, as well as Mastodon's drummer Brann Dailor, filmmaker Erin Espelie, and musical projects with the Georgia Guitar Quartet, dancers, visual & multi-disciplinary artists, and many, many others. In the spring of 2019, Killick played ceng-ceng in the University of Georgia's Balinese Gamelan Chandra Natha.

Killick has appeared on more than 200 commercially released recordings in various styles (many at Bandcamp), most of which feature Killick as executive producer, engineer, composer, visual director, and performer. Killick's work as a designer includes his own solar-powered home; countless album project layouts; his full-body tattoo project; art direction with illustrator Neal Williams; a logo for legal consulting firm Law2sm, LLC; and his own "navigation wheel" logo. Collaborations with instrument builders Fred Carlson, Rick Toone, Lewis Waters, Thierry Andre, Harry Shaffer, Tim Schroeder, Paul Vo, Jamie Thomas, and Scott Baxendale, among others, have resulted in one-of-a-kind guitars to further explore idiosyncratic musical territory. In 2016, Killick received an Athens, Georgia Flagpole Music Award for the category of Avant-Garde.

Killick has been married since 2003, has two dogs, loves to hike, and is an advocate for healthy and local food, meditation, and solar power. He eats gluten-free (silly Celiac disease), every meal."

-Killick Hinds Website (

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"NYC-based musician, Francesca Remigi is a multifaceted drummer, an inquisitive improviser and a visionary composer from Bergamo, Italy. Nuova Generazione Jazz 2021 and Top Jazz 2022 (Musica Jazz) winner Francesca Remigi is known for her international collaborations in the avant-garde and free improv jazz scene featuring musicians such as Steve Lehman, Danilo Perez, George Garzone, Joachim Florent, Kris Davis, Val Jeanty, Nicole Glover, Immanuel Wilkins, Marion Hayden, Ellen Rowe, Sharel Cassity, Patricia Perez, Bruno Chevillon, and many others, with appearances at L'Off Jazz 2022, Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2022, EFG London Jazz Festival 2020, DC Jazz Festival 2021, Vermont Jazz Festival 2021, Umbria Jazz Festival 2022 and Panama Jazz Festival 2022.

Francesca has led bands performing in festivals and venues all over the world (So What's Next? Festival 2021, Bergamo Jazz 2021, Ambria Jazz 2021, Novara Jazz 2022, Sile Jazz 2022, Pisa Jazz 2022, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues 2022,...).Particularly, her project Archipélagos has won several jazz competitions such as Barga Jazz Contest 2021 and All You Have to do is Play 2019, and it was also one of the finalists of the Maastricht Jazz Awards 2020 and of the Gexto Jazz Competition 2022. Archipélagos' first album Il Labirinto Dei Topi was published in 2021, "one of the most exciting debut albums I've heard in recent memory" according to Steve Lehman. Francesca's second album The Human Web was released March 2022. In Linda May Han Oh's words, "Francesca is a bold and vibrant musical force.The Human Web's compositions are edgy, thoughtful, and played with a compelling fervor that insists that you come along for the ride. A ride that I can guarantee is well worth it."

Besides these 2 releases as a leader, Francesca published three other albums as a co-leader (Confini Labili by Subatin-Calcagno-Remigi, Water Shapes by Subconscious Trio and Empowered Kind by Hinds-Remigi Duo). She also appears in Start From Scratch by Livio Bartolo, Dança del Aire by Angela Varo Moreno, and Hear me Speak by Naomi Nakanishi.

In January 2022, the prestigious Italian jazz magazine Musica Jazz awarded Francesca with 2 Top Jazz nominations: she won the first prize together with violinist Anais Drago as "best new talent 2021", and Archipélagos got the second prize as "best Italian project of the year". Francesca is also the winner of Nuova Generazione Jazz 2021, a project funded by Italia Jazz and MIDJ associations in order to promote the new Italian jazz generation internationally. Francesca also won the SIAE Award 2022, the Best Soloist Award at the Getxo Jazz Competition 2022, and she's a finalist of New Music USA's Next Jazz Legacy Award 2023.

Berklee Global Jazz Institute alumna Francesca Remigi is one of the founders of the independent label "Habitable Records" and she's also production manager assistant at The Jazz Gallery in NYC. Francesca participated in many different mentorship programs and artistic residencies, such as UmbriaJazz 2012, Siena Jazz 2018, Banff Jazz Residency 2019 directed by Vijay Yier and Tyshawn Sorey, La Casa del Jazz Artistic Residency 2020, organized by MIDJ association, the "Mutual Mentorship for Musicians" (M3) program, run by vocalists Jen Shyu and Sara Serpa and the Medinea Session in Nuoro, under the artistic direction of Belgian saxophonist Fabrizio Cassol. She's also a Distinguished Fellow of the Hambidge Center for Arts and Sciences, and a Loghaven Fellow.

In terms of performance highlights, Francesca played with a band led by Kris Davis and John Patitucci for the Jazz Education Network 2021 and in November 2021 she did a gig with Val Jeanty Group at Vermont Jazz Festival. In March 2022, she subbed for Allison Miller in the Ellen Rowe Quartet for a series of concerts at the JazzArts Charlotte (NC). In May 2022 she toured in Europe with the Danilo Perez Quartet, presenting Perez's new album Crisálida in Italy (Paradiso Jazz Festival 2022) and in the UK (Hay Festival 2022).

Raised in a musical family, at the age of 5 Francesca decided to follow her parents' footsteps and began to study guitar and drums, developing a deep interest for rhythms and composition. After studying classical piano for 5 years while attending a private drum academy, Francesca earned a Bachelor's degree in jazz drumming performance from Conservatorio G.Verdi of Milano in 2017, and was selected for a 1 year Erasmus Program in the Netherlands. In 2020, as soon as she graduated from a Master in jazz performance at the Koninklijk Conservatorium Brussels, under the guidance of the Belgian drummer Stéphane Galland, Francesca was awarded with a full scholarship to attend the Berklee Global Jazz Institute Master Program, directed by Grammy Award winning jazz pianist Danilo Pérez. Berklee Global Jazz Institute and Berklee Jazz & Gender Justice Institute alumna Francesca Remigi had the chance to study with visionary artists such as Linda May Oh, Billy Kilson, Kris Davis, Joe Lovano, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Shirazette Tinnin, Tamar Diesendruck,...

Francesca is currently active as an educator: she gave masterclasses about Indian Carnatic music for the Panama Jazz Festival 2021 and 2022, she's active as an educator for the Fundación Danilo Pérez (Panama) and she has been teaching drum for the École Kalleïs in Brussels for one year."

-Francesca Remigi Website (

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Delene Porter is an improvising musician, heard on the Shaking Ray Levi's trio album with Killick Erik Hinds, A.S.A.P. Wings . She is married to Killick Erik Hinds.

-Squidco 3/29/2023

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track listing:

1. Out of Innocuous Message 05:42

2. Amphibian Modules 04:30

3. Demi Loops 04:32

4. Logo Dove 05:08

5. Limb Knowledge Gist 03:54

6. Vibrato for Sonater 03:29

7. Piedmont to Piedmont 05:14

8. Rad Bug 03:36

9. Wolf Cub 09:22

10. Galaxies from an Expanded Perspective 12:16

11. Tactile Tubular 04:15
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"Universal engagement and free forms of exploration are the terms which better describe the body of work of these two musicians. Hinds and Remigi's music is a s shapeshifting and fresh discovery, made of electronic and acoustic sounds of 11 stringed instruments, 8 drums, 19 cymbals and multiple unconventional toys. This eclectic, ecstatic and exploratory duo strives for sonic research and for breaking the barriers of the conventional process of music making."-Habitable Records

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