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Pisaura (Michael Pisaro / Zizia): Asteraceae (Sedimental)

A work composed from field recordings of performances around Los Angeles during the winter of 2018-19, the Pisaura trio of Michael Pisaro, Amber Wolfe Rounds & Jarrod Fowler (Zizia) used astrological charts to determine patterns of composing, performing, recording, and producing music with celestial and terrestrial rhythms; a mysteriously detailed and almost reverent work in sound.

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Label: Sedimental
Catalog ID: sedcd067
Squidco Product Code: 29506

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in 2018-2019, by the artists.


Michael Pisaro-composer, performer

Amber Wolfe Rounds-composer, performer

Jarrod Fowler-composer, performer

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"Michael Pisaro was born in Buffalo in 1961. He is a composer and guitarist, a member of the Wandelweiser Composers Ensemble and founder and director of the Experimental Music Workshop, Calarts. His work is frequently performed in the U.S. and in Europe, in music festivals and in many smaller venues. It has been selected twice by the ISCM jury for performance at World Music Days festivals (Copenhagen,1996; Manchester, 1998) and has also been part of festivals in Hong Kong (ICMC, 1998), Vienna (Wien Modern,1997), Aspen (1991), London (Cutting Edge, 2007), Glasgow (INSTAL 2009), Huddersfield (2009), Chicago (New Music Chicago, 1990, 1991) and elsewhere.

He has had extended composer residencies in Germany (Künstlerhof Schreyahn, Dortmund University), Switzerland (Forumclaque/Baden), Israel (Miskenot Sha'ananmim), Greece (EarTalk) and in the U.S. (Birch Creek Music Festival, Wisconsin). Concert length portraits of his music have been given in Munich, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Vienna, Merano (Italy), Brussels, New York, Curitiba (Brazil), Amsterdam, London, Tokyo, Austin, Berlin, Chicago, Düsseldorf, Zürich, Cologne, Aarau (Switzerland), and elsewhere.

He is a Foundation for Contemporary Arts, 2005 and 2006 Grant Recipient. Much of his music of the last several years is published by Edition Wandelweiser (Germany). Several CDs of his work have been released by such labels as Edition Wandelweiser Records, Compost and Height, confront, Another Timbre, Cathnor, Nine Winds and others, including most recently "transparent city, volumes 1-4", "an unrhymed chord", "hearing metal 1", "A Wave and Waves" and "harmony series (11-16)".

His translation of poetry by Oswald Egger ("Room of Rumor") was published in 2004 by Green Integer. He is Co-Chair of Music Composition at the California Institute of the Arts near Los Angeles. He has performed many of his own works and those of close associates Antoine Beuger, Kunsu Shim, Jürg Frey and Manfred Werder, and works from the experimental tradition, especially John Cage, Christian Wolff, James Tenney and George Brecht."

-Edition Wandelweiser (

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Amber Wolfe Rounds is a second-generation astrologer with many years of experience.

-From the pdf "From Pioneer To Poet Or The Twelve Great Gates" by Isabelle M. Pagan 12/2/2022

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Jarrod Fowler is a percussionist, currently residing in Roxbury, MA. He works with Musique concrète & Field Recordings as a composer and performer. He has released albums with Taku Unami, Durlin Lurt, and Michael Pisaro.

-Squidco 12/2/2022

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track listing:

1. Ht01 41 suruaT norihC 7:36

2. Ascendant Cancer 29 1st 6:00

3. Ht7 9 suirauqA sraM 9:30

4. Moon Libra 0 3rd 1:42

5. Ht5 81 suirattigaS nrutaS 5:06

6. Pluto Libra 17 4th 0:54

7. Ht5 51 suirattigaS enutpeN 0:18

8. Jupiter Libra 26 4th 1:30

9. Ht5 3 suirattigaS nuS 1:12

10. Uranus Scorpio 11 4th 0:48

11. Ht5 72 oiprocS yrucreM 0:36

12. Venus Scorpio 19 4th 0:48

13. Ht4 91 oiprocS suneV 0:48

14. Mercury Scorpio 27 5th 0:36

15. Ht5 72 oiprocS sunarU 0:48

16. Sun Sagittarius 3 5th 1:12

17. Ht4 62 arbiL retipuJ 1:30

18. Neptune Sagittarius 15 5th 0:18

19. Ht4 71 arbiL otulP 0:54

20. Saturn Sagittarius 18 5th 5:06

21. Dr3 0 arbiL nooM 1:42

22. Mars Aquarius 97th 9:30

23. Ts1 92 recnaC tnadnecsA 6:00

24. Chiron Taurus 14 10th 7:36
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"The 72-minutes of Asteraceae were composed from field recordings of performances around Los Angeles during winter 2018-2019. Pisaura used astrological charts to determine patterns of composing, performing, recording, and producing music with celestial and terrestrial rhythms. The 24-tracks contain sounds of site-specific recordings and natural objects, plus audio created according to astrological archetypes. The overall process is a combination of both highly rigorous systems and indeterminate aspects fully revealed in the website link below.

Michael Pisaro-Liu is a guitarist, composer, and member of the Wandelweiser collective. Pisaro-Liu works with silence, field recordings, electronics, improvisation, and diverse instrumental ensembles. Pisaro-Liu teaches composition and experimental music at the California Institute of the Arts.

Zizia is Amber Wolfe Rounds and Jarrod Fowler. Wolfe composes musical scores from celestial maps. Fowler samples environmental sounds from terrestrial habitats. Zizia harmonizes celestial and terrestrial rhythms to create ecological sound art with field recordings, natural objects, and (non-)musical instruments."-Sedimental

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