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Garcia, Violeta / Chris Pitsiokos: Uanmortaim (Relative Pitch)

From fractured and fragmented to assertively raw improvisation in the unusual pairing of saxophone and cello from Chris Pitsiokos on alto and Argentinian cellist Violeta Garcia, using intense approaches to their instruments in a reactive set of 11 concise dialogs, a well-matched meeting of innovative improvisers uniquely responding to and clearly enjoying an eccentric conversation.

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UPC: 5902249003512

Label: Relative Pitch
Catalog ID: RPR 1129
Squidco Product Code: 31080

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at the Outerspacement, in Brooklyn, New York, in 2019, by Chris Pitsiokos.


Chris Pitsiokos-alto saxophone, electronics

Violeta Garcia-cello

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"Chris Pitsiokos (b. 1990) is a saxophonist, composer, and improviser. His music combines the intensity and immediacy of extreme rock forms and noise with the lyricism and forward propulsion of jazz and the abstract detail of contemporary classical composers Iannis Xenakis and Helmut Lachenmann. Chris has had the opportunity to perform/collaborate with Lydia Lunch, Tyshawn Sorey, Peter Evans, Kevin Shea, Brian Chase, Henry Kaiser, Mick Barr, Marc Edwards, Brandon Seabrook, Paul Lytton, Tim Dahl, Philip White, Guerilla Toss, C. Spencer Yeh, Ikue Mori, Nate Wooley and Weasel Walter. Chris has performed throughout Europe, Japan, Australia, and the US. His records can be found on Clean Feed, New Atlantis, One Hand Records, Carrier Records, Ug Explode, and his own imprint, Eleatic Records. In addition to performing and composing music, Chris was a long time DJ at WKCR-FM and has been producing concerts in Brooklyn and Manhattan for four years."

-Chris Pitsiokos Website (

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"Violeta García is a cellist, improviser and composer born in 1990 in San Nicolás de los Arroyos, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has been studying music since 1998.


She studied at the "Conservatory Astor Piazolla". She also has a Degree in Composition by "Conservatory Manuel de Falla" with Ricardo Capellano and she has a Degree on Musical Arts specializing in violoncello at "Universidad Nacional of Arts (U.N.A)".

She has played with a lot of improvisers around the world: Joelle Leandre, Uri Caine, Brandon Lopez, Chris Pitsiokos, Theo Ciccaldi, Rafael Delgado, Willem Shulz, Tristan Honsinger, Popular Music leaded by Jacques Morelembaum, Hank Roberts, Tony Malaby, Marcos Sanguinetti, Bomba del Tiempo, Gonzalo Aloras, Ana Maria Romano, Lito Vitale, Juan Carlos Baglietto, among others. She also studied classical cello with Stanimir Todorov (Bulgary) and Jorge Perez Tedesco (Argentine).

In 2015 she was selected by FNA to be part of a music residency of improvisation and composition directed by Ernesto Jodos, Oscar Edelstein, Marcelo Moguilevsky and Mariano Tiki Cantero in Bariloche, Argentina.

In 2018 she took part in a collaboration program at Art Basel in Faena Art Center to perform with Naama Tsabar (Israel- NYC) in "Melodies of Certain Damage #opus 2"

In 2019 Violeta has been selected to be part of a Music Summer Camp at Art Omi in New York city to perform and collaborate with other artist in residency from around the world supported by Williams Arts Fundation.

In 2020 she was supported by Ibermusicas to make a composition residency in Spain and had a support from ProHelvetia "Coincidencia" program to coordinate "Public Voices" with Griselda Fresler.


She is a performer in many art forms, including free improvisation, contemporary and experimental repertoire and collaborations with dancers and others artists. After years of studying classical and popular music on violoncello and, later contemporary composition and improvisation. Violeta realized that her own musical voice needed to emerge outside specific genres. At the moment she is eager to improvise, compose and create new sounds, experiment with extended techniques, prepared instrument and work with dynamic, rhythmic and original tuneful combinations. Now her primary interest is to open new sound spaces that invite the audience on an inner voyage.

Aside from these projects, she has been on tour in several opportunities with improvisers from Latin America, Europe and USA. She has been part of important experimental ensambles and collectives like: Nicotina es Primavera, El devenir del Rio, Blanco Teta, Monótonos Truenos, Dominga Tango, La Jaula se ha vuelto Pájaro y se ha volado, among others. In 2015 she found a digital label and musics series called TVL-REC ( with Carlos Quebrada (Colombia) and Camilo Ángeles (Perú). It is devoted to publishing new music, experimental groups and collectives from Latin America and other countries."

-Violeta Garcia Website (

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track listing:

1. Pari 3:32

2. Brekas 3:27

3. Bombe 3:06

4. Marketa 2:41

5. Sandwuchito 4:27

6. Machar 1:49

7. Escroleame 4:22

8. Ponchar 1:41

9. Lulo 0:38

10. Jamberger 1:28

11. La Afterpari 1:40

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"This powerful first recording between NY alto extreme saxophonist Pitsiokos and Argentinian noise cellist Garcia lives up to its reputation. It is an unrelenting juxtaposition of screeches and squalls, of strings rubbed to their breaking point up against extreme reed skronks. Together they complement and contrast and create an organic noise that is quite thrilling."-Relative Pitch

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