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Wood, Dorian / Thor Harris (w/ Carla Bozulich / Jarboe / Patrick Shiroishi / Heather Trost): You Are (Astral Editions)

A ritualistic narrative work from multidisciplinary artist Dorian Wood and percussionist Thor Harris (Swans), with Carla Bozulich and Jarboe contributing their voices in an ensemble of contemporary and experimental arrangement, alongside guests David Coulter, Heather Trost, Jeremy Barnes, Michael Corwin, Ignacio Carvajal, Andrea Calderon, Elizabeth Warren and Patrick Shiroishi.
 

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Dorian Wood-voice, synths, Knoxville birds

Carla Bozulich-voice

Thor Harris-giant bass drum, clarinet, trombone, baritone horn, vibraphone, frame drum, air drum, clarinet, congas, box of blood, scary bells untuned in the Devil's key, marimba, alto clarinet, the seduction of Dorian, octa bans, hammered dulcimer

David Coulter-musical saw

Heather Trost-violin, synths

Michael Corwin-guitar

Jarboe-voice

Andrea Calderon-violins

Elizabeth Warren-viola

Patrick Shiroishi-alto saxophone


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Label: Astral Editions
Catalog ID: AE031
Squidco Product Code: 33387

Format: CASSETTE
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette

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"Dorian Wood (Los Angeles, California) and Thor Harris (Austin, Texas) have collaborated to create an album of stately intensity that coils, unfurls, and pulses like a thing alive. Wood wields her voice with electrifying elegance and poetic, laser beam focus, sending it soaring above, diving beneath, and stalking across the bed of hypnotic drones and percussive oscillations that she and Harris have cultivated with guitars, hand drums, and various auxiliary instruments and electronics. Also featuring a who's who of guests including Carla Bozulich, Jarboe, David Coulter, Heather Trost, Jeremy Barnes, Michael Corwin, Ignacio Carvajal, Andrea Calderon, Elizabeth Warren and Patrick Shiroishi.

The results of their efforts are uniquely captivating. The album drives, with exacting movements, a spade of observation through the sediments of personal past, questions of identity, spirituality, carnality, love, and human history, until it strikes upon something sharp and flashing, obsidian, bright and searing, a spark, that winks wordlessly and fiercely in the swathing, cavernous darkness that blankets and infuses all things."


Artist Biographies

"Dorian Wood (b. 1975, pronouns: she/her/they/them) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Her intent of "infecting" spaces and ideologies with her artistic practice is born from a desire to challenge traditions and systems that have contributed to the marginalization of people.

Wood has performed at institutions that include The Broad, Los Angeles, CA (2018), REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA (2019), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, CA (2010), Museo Nacional Del Prado, Madrid, Spain (2019), the City Hall of Madrid, Spain (2015), Teatro de la Ciudad Esperanza Iris, Mexico City, Mexico (2019), Museum Folkwang, Essen, Germany (2017), Mousonturm, Frankfurt, Germany (2014), Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany (2014) and Moods, Zurich, Switzerland (2019), and at festivals that include Pacific Standard Time, Los Angeles, CA (2011), OUTsider Fest, Austin, TX (2019), Festival Cruilla, Barcelona, Spain (2017), WorldPride Madrid, Spain (2017), Festivals Kometa, Riga, Latvia (2016), Moers Festival, Germany (2017), Cully Jazz Festival, Switzerland (2015) and Saint Ghetto Festival, Bern, Switzerland (2017).

From 2019 to 2020, Wood completed several successful international tours with their chamber orchestra tribute to Chavela Vargas, XAVELA LUX AETERNA. In 2022, Wood debuted their tribute to the singer Lhasa De Sela, entitled LHASA, at the Festival Internacional de Arte Sacro in Madrid, in collaboration with singer Carmina Escobar and composer Adrián Cortés. That same year, Wood presented MARES OCULTOS, a multimedia chamber music project exploring the nature of male heterosexuality, at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. In 2023, Wood premiered the 12-hour composition/installation Canto de Todes at REDCAT in Los Angeles.

As a visual artist, Wood has created illustrations and video installations that have been exhibited in galleries around the world, including Vincent Price Art Museum, Los Angeles (2022), La Carboneria, Huesca, Spain (2020), Fierman Gallery, New York (2020) and the Queer Biennial, Los Angeles (2018). They have also directed several short films, among them "The angel" (2023), Low's "Disappearing" video (2021), "American Savagery" (2021), "FAF" (2021), "The World's Gone Beautiful" (2020), "PAISA" (2019, co-directed with Graham Kolbeins), "O" (2014) and "La Cara Infinita" (2013).

Wood is a recipient of a NALAC Fund for the Arts Award (2023), a Creative Capital Award (2020) and a Art Matters Foundation grant (2020), and a past artist-in-residence at MacDowell Residency, Peterborough, New Hampshire (2022), Loghaven Artist Residency, Knoxville, Tennessee (2022), Building Bridges Art Exchange, Santa Monica, California (2020), Etopia, Centro de Arte y Tecnologia, under the FUGA program, Zaragoza, Spain (2019) and MASS Gallery, Austin, Texas (2017). They have been invited as a visiting artist to speak at institutions that include Northwestern University (2021), Occidental College (2019), Syracuse University (2020), UCLA (2021), CalArts School of Music (2021) and Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2020).

Wood has released over a dozen recordings, among them the albums You are clearly in perversion (with Thor Harris) (Astral Editions, 2023), Invasiva (Dragon's Eye Recordings, 2022), ARDOR (Independent, 2020), REACTOR (Independent, 2020), XALÁ (Atonal Industries, 2017), Down, The Dirty Roof (Atonal Industries, 2013), Rattle Rattle (Atonal Industries, 2013), Brutus (Independent, 2010) and BOLKA (Independent, 2007)."

-Dorian Wood Website (https://www.dorianwood.com/bio)
2/21/2024

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"Carla Ragin Bozulich (born December 24, 1965) is an American musician based in Los Angeles, known as the lead singer, lyricist and founder of The Geraldine Fibbers and Evangelista as well as a founding member of Ethyl Meatplow and Scarnella. The Geraldine Fibbers recorded two albums for Virgin Records. Their first album (Lost Somewhere Between The Earth And My Home) was described as "...a Country Feedback Masterpiece" by Vice (magazine)

Bozulich's Evangelista project began in 2006. The album was under her own name and titled Evangelista. The album was released by Montreal, Quebec-based Constellation Records and was that label's first release by a non-Canadian artist. In 2007, The Sunday Times called Evangelista "...a vivid inner darkness which shames rock's weeping millionaires." On the albums Hello, Voyager (2008), Prince of Truth (2009) and In Animal Tongue (2011), Bozulich adopted Evangelista as a project name. Some consistent members include bassist Tara Barnes, keyboardist/sampler Dominic Cramp, guitarist Nels Cline, violinist Jessica Moss, organist Nadia Moss, drummer Ches Smith, multi-instrumentalist and co-producer Shahzad Ismaily. Various members of Godspeed! You Black Emperor contributed to arranging, recording and additional collaborative songwriting. The line-up of Evangelista changes each time they play or record. The Hello, Voyager album features 14 musicians over various pieces.

In 2014, Constellation released Boy, under Bozulich's name, as solo artist. Her most recent album with Constellation, Quieter was released in May 2018 and is a compilation of previously unreleased recordings. Bozulich has also been involved in other projects, including collaborations with Francesco Guerri, Noveller/Sarah Lipstate and Devin Sarno."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carla_Bozulich)
2/21/2024

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"Polymath percussionist Thor Harris inaugurated "Thor & Friends" in the autumn of 2015 after five years of touring as the percussionist of iconic avant-rock ensemble Swans. The project is intended as a vehicle for experimentation with the conceptual vocabulary of American Minimalism collaborating with a rotating cast of Austin-based musicians.

A crafter of musical instruments and stylistic polyglot Harris is returning home with Thor & Friends and the resultant music is an elongated greeting and ode to his community, woodworking shop and the instruments his hands shape and bring to life.

The ensemble has three core members, Thor, Peggy Ghorbani and Sarah "Goat" Gautier - with its line-up expanding and contracting with the flux of compositional and improvisational contexts. The range of tonal color depends on what instrumentalists are present or absent from the process at any given time. They can perform purely acoustic or shaded with hues of electronic instrumentation, as a stripped-down trio or a large ensemble.

Thor & Friends draws on classic Minimalist composers, including Terry Riley and Steve Reich, but also amalgamate such diverse influences as Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, Moondog and The Necks around a polyrhythmic core of mallet-struck instruments, primarily marimba, xylophone and vibraphone. Circling these core motifs are shifting streams of everything from processed pedal steel and analog synthesizer to violin, viola, stand-up bass, clarinet, duduk and oboe.

The group also builds upon similarities and contrasts with Harris' past projects and continuing collaborations; these include Swans, Ben Frost, Bill Callahan, Hospital Ships, Shearwater and John Congelton. They embody utopian optimism by rooting their art and operation in both improvisation and the involvement of neighbors and friends in their process, making use of what and who is around at any given moment to make music with."

-Thor Harris Website (http://www.thorharris.org/about)
2/21/2024

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Patrick Shiroishi is a Japanese-American multi-instrumentalist & composer based in Los Angeles.

Solo Saxophone

Upsilon Acrux (w/ Noah Guevara, Dylan Fujioka, Mark Kimbrell & Paul Lai)

Corima (w/ Andrea Calderon, Paco Casanova, Ryan Kamiyamazaki & Sergio Sanchez)

In the Womb (sax-drum duo w/ Dylan Fujioka)

Oort Smog (sax-drum duo w/ Mark Kimbrell)

Nakata (sax-piano duo w/ Paco Casanova)

Sunreader (w/ Paul Carter & Ethan Sherman)

Hoboglyphs (w/ Henry Barajas, Jason Rodriguez & Jeeshaun Wang)

Black Sun Sutra (w/ Noah Guevara, Rob Magill, Ken Moore & Sergio Sanchez)-Patrick Shiroishi Website (http://www.patrickshiroishi.com/bio.html)
2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



SIDE A



1. We are assembled in the throes of a long-awaited ecstasy 16:40

2. En el ojo de un dios la ultima lanza 11:13

SIDE B



1. The Angel 18:14

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