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Kang, Eyvind: The Yelm Sessions (Tzadik)

A studio project from the elusive violinist Eyvind Kang, featuring many of his musical associates as well as several orchestral ensembles from around the world.

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Shahzad Ismaily-Drums

Eyvind Kang-Violin, Viola, Cello, Basses, Guitars, Sitars, Drums, Keyboard, Trumpet, Recorders, Bird Ambience, Compositions

Steve Moore-Trombone

Hans Teuber-Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Flute

Doug Wieselman-Bass Clarinet

Thilges 3-Programming

Dave Abramson-Percussion

Mell Dettmer-Rain Ambience, Echoplex, Korg MS 20

Barbara Fasching-English Horn

Wolfgang Heiler-Bassoon

Taina Karr-English Horn, Oboe, Oboe D'Amore

Jessika Kenney-Voice

Don McGreevy-Drums

Scott Schaafsma-doublebass

Nikolaus Vogelhofer-French Horn

Gretchen Yanover-Cello

Degenerate Art Orchestra

Kala Ramnath-Violin Soloist

Joshua Kohl-Conductor

Madeleine Sosin-Quijara De Burro

Orchestra Del Teatro Communale Di Bologna

Matt Chamberlain-Hand Drums, Gongs

Marco Dalpane-Keyboards

Aldo Sisillo-Conductor

Walter Zanetti-Guitar

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UPC: 702397804222

Label: Tzadik
Catalog ID: CD-TZA-8042
Squidco Product Code: 8900

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray

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"Another important piece of the elusive and hermetic Eyvind Kang puzzle. This newest studio project from one of the most consistently interesting young composer/performers working today is instantly Kang's most adventurous, varied and ambitious recordings to date. Featuring many of his most illustrious musical associates as well as several orchestral ensembles from around the world, this new CD brings Kang's exuberant gift for orchestration and lyricism together with a keen sense of the miraculous. Kang's star is rightfully on the rise."-Tzadik

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"Shahzad Ismaily was born to Pakistani immigrant parents and grew up in a wholly bicultural household. While he holds a masters degree in biochemistry from Arizona State University, he is a largely self-taught composer and musician, having mastered the electric and double bass, guitar, banjo, accordion, flute, drums, various percussion instruments and various analog synthesizers and drum machines. Ismaily has recorded or performed with an incredibly diverse assemblage of musicians, including Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Jolie Holland, Laura Veirs, Bonnie Prince Billy, Faun Fables, Secret Chiefs 3, John Zorn, Elysian Fields, Shelley Hirsch, Niobe, Will Oldham, Nels Cline, Mike Doughty (of Soul Coughing), Graham Haynes, David Krakauer, Billy Martin (of Medeski Martin and Wood), Carla Kihlstedt's Two Foot Yard, the Tin Hat Trio, Raz Mesinai and Burnt Sugar. He has also composed regularly for dance and theater, including for Min Tanaka, the Frankfurt Ballet and the East River Commedia. Recently he composed the score for the critically acclaimed movie Frozen River, which won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. He was also an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in San Francisco, CA in 2008. Currently based in New York , Ismaily has studied music extensively in Pakistan, India, Turkey, Mexico, Santiago, Japan, Indonesia, Morocco and Iceland."

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"Eyvindur (Eyvind) Kang (born 23 June 1971 in Corvallis, Oregon, United States) is a composer and violist. He was raised in Canada and the United States, and has since lived and worked in countries ranging from Italy to Iceland.

A recurring theme in his solo work is the "NADE", the meaning of which Kang is not willing to disclose. Referring titles include "Theme from the first NADE", "5th NADE/Invisible Man", "Theme from the sixth NADE" (all three from the debut album 7 NADEs, 1996); "Jewel of the NADE", "Mystic NADE" (both from Theater of Mineral NADEs, 1998) and "Harbour of the NADE" (Virginal Co-ordinates, 2003). His preferred instrument is the viola.

In 2014 Kang visited Vossajazz in western Norway, for a gig with Bill Frisell's trio Beautiful Dreamers, including with drummer Rudy Royston, for the opening concert. During the concert Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen joined in for a tune."

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"Douglas Joel Wieselman (born November 30, 1954, Los Angeles) is an American jazz reedist. He plays primarily clarinet and tenor saxophone, though he occasionally also plays soprano and baritone saxophone.

Wieselman took a bachelor's degree in music at University of California-Santa Cruz in 1976, where he first played with Wayne Horvitz; he played with Horvitz extensively into the 1990s. In 1982 he began working with Robin Holcomb, and played with her again from 1987 to 1996. In the late 1980s he also worked with Bill Frisell, Guy Klucevsek, and Anthony Coleman. He started his own group, the Kamikaze Ground Crew, in 1983, with Gina Leishman, and also co-founded the New York Composer's Orchestra in 1986. Other credits include work with Karen Mantler, Nels Cline, Ben Perowsky, and others.

In addition to his work in jazz, Wieselman has also written music for the performances of the Flying Karamazov Brothers and played as a session musician for pop and rock acts such as She & Him, Cibo Matto, Antony & the Johnsons, Joan As Police Woman, Iron and Wine, Lou Reed, Yo la Tengo, Martha Wainwright, Shudder To Think, Translator (band) and others. He was also a lead composer on The Backyardigans, from which his song 'Castaways' became a viral hit in 2021."

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"Jessika Kenney is unwinding and nourishing a harbor of voices. As a filter for sphygmoresonances, be they in forms of language or indecipherable metonymics, this functioning as process frequently manifests as: the intersection of melodic science (radifs, cengkok, unstable svaras, pulses) with the aural and textual transmissions of translated concepts... the sphygmological space between breathing bodies, canyons, and the asymmetrical harmonics of tuned metal... the exposure of first intention ontic wounds and corresponding temporal suturing.. as well as collective atemporal eversion between eras, iconicities, and untethered evolutions of cyclic inscriptions. She currently lives on Tataviam land near Los Angeles."

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"Marco Dalpane was born and lives in Bologna.

Studied piano, composition and electronic music.

Performed in concerts as a soloist and in various chamber music ensembles, focusing primarily on 20th century music.

His repertoire includes works by Liszt, Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Schoenberg, Webern, Bartok, Hindemith, Messiaen, Cowell, Gershwin, Cage, Stockhausen, Feldman, Brown, Guaccero, Bussotti, Castaldi, Cardew, White, Skempton, Glass, Curran, Riley, Reich, Nyman, Adams, Johnson, Bryars, Ten Holt, Otte, Oliveros, Muhly.

Formed several musical groups oriented towards a fusion of minimalist, jazz and rock styles.

Amongst other recordings, two CDs for Virgin-Stile Libero.

Has carried out projects involving musicians coming from extra-academic areas such as Tony Coe, Lindsay Cooper, Paolo Fresu, Enrico Rava, Fred Frith, Butch Morris, Eyvind Kang, Alvin Curran, Ulrich Krieger.

Has composed scores for theater, dance and films, art exhibitions, readings, CD-Roms and DVDs (Storia tecnologica del cinema, Treccani).

Plays accordion in the Vladah Klezmer Band.

Since 1991, has been working on music for silent as a pianist, composer and conductor.

Has composed commissioned pieces for some of the main European television networks such as ZDF and ARTE.

Has provided live musical accompaniment at more than 800 film viewings, including some of the leading international music and film festivals in France, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Belgium, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Serbia, USA, Colombia, Japan, South Korea.

From 1991 to 2012 he collaborated with the Cineteca del Comune di Bologna."

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Track Listing:

1. The Clown's Song

2. Enter the Garden

3. The Yelm Sessions

4. Fire in Wind

5. Locus Iste

6. Sulpicia Variation

7. Hawks Prairie

8. Hiemarmene

9. Mistress Mine

10. Asa Tru

11. Epoché for Strings

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Compositional Forms
Stringed Instruments
NY Downtown & Jazz/Improv
November 2007

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