It’s an absolute honour to have haruka nakamura opening for LYÖSTRAINI at ‘ECM x JAPAN’, a concert organized by esteemed Jazz-based crossover label ECM Records – home to Keith Jarrett, Arvo Pärt, Jan Garbarek. To be held at Waseda Scott Hall on 10th May, haruka nakamura will lead an improvisational unit featuring AOKI hayato, Piana, CANTUS, Rie Nemoto and Isao Saito.
GET TICKETS – http://www.harmony-fields.com/a-lyostraini/index.html
‘Taking the Veil’ is the debut solo album on Kitchen. Label by Berlin-based musician Hior Chronik. Originally from Athens, the new album is a follow-up to his previous work on the label as the duo Pill-Oh in ‘Vanishing Mirror’. The established foundation are intact on ‘Taking the Veil’: the bitterly romantic strings and gentle electronics whisper melting over plaintive piano scores. Hior Chronik has a penchant of producing subtly immense and cinematic compositions which are remarkably chilling in its beauty.
The latest release follows Hior Chronik’s distinctive compositional path with the pairing of a collaborator on each track. This time the instrumental colors are most intimate, honed to evocative perfection with each collaboration bringing its own nuances to a permeable set of motives. Through the contemplative moments, what give it life is the varied scoring which goes from solo piano to string orchestra, opening up a space that shimmers with stirring melancholy. Featuring classically aligned contemporaries such as Field Rotation (Denovali Records), Sophie Hutchings (Preservation), Luup (Experimedia) and Japanese composers Yasushi Yoshida (noble), Yoshinori Takezawa (Schole Records) among many others. The biggest change in this new album is the addition of vocals by Amber Ortolano and Fabiola Sanchez (Familiar Trees) on four songs. Figured centrally in the soundtrack as recurring lyrical voicing, the Amber Ortolano and Hior Chronik pairing also produced a rearranged version of ‘Twice’ originally written by Swedish electronic band Little Dragon.
‘Taking the Veil’ is presented in a 16-page art book format, also featuring the New York based Amber Ortolano as a photographer. The subject in the visual narrative of ‘Taking the Veil’ is of young women imprisoned by their flow of thoughts and their dark imagination. The delicate beauty and ambiguous gestures of feminine protagonists serve as powerful metaphors of the veil as the title of the album reflects – They reveal and conceal all at once, reviving emotions conjured by a sense of mystery. The album underlines this atmosphere that probe the consciousness imbued with burnished hues of something half-remembered and half-dreamed. ‘Taking the Veil’ is the best company for late hours and memory searching in a world of mist and shadows.
The album will be available on CD + Artbook and digital download on Kitchen. Label from 24 May 2015. Stay tuned for more information.
ARTIST INFORMATION – http://www.kitchen-label.com/artists/hior-chronik/
We are excited to announce Hanging Up The Moon ‘Immaterial’ launch show which the band will premiere all brand new materials from the album.
What started off as a solo project for Sean Lam has evolved into a collaborative effort. Enlisting the help of friends Alexius Cai (Piblokto), Dean Aziz (Concave Scream), Leslie Low (The Observatory) and Victor Low (Affixen), Hanging Up The Moon continues to grow both in sound and set-up. This third and latest album is their most lush and ambitious to date. Layers of vocals meet their match in violins and cellos at times epic and soaring, at times subtle and grounded — all set against Hanging Up The Moon’s signature melodies, riffs and rhythm. To deliver the full sound of the album, Hanging Up The Moon will be supported by a six-piece string section for their two-night show.
29 & 30 May 2015, 8.00pm.
Tickets at $25 (Free standing)
With kind support from The Diarists, The Substation, Mackie Singapore, Laneway Festival Singapore
GET TICKETS – http://immaterial.peatix.com/view
ASPIDISTRAFLY is invited by quiet music connoisseur and record store 雨と休日 to record a special version of ‘Homeward Waltz’ for their 6th anniversary compilation ‘Waltz For Forest Sunlight’. Also available again is last year’s edition「部屋、音楽が溶けて」featuring a studio version of ‘call’ by haruka nakamura. We’re thankful for the shop’s continued support since opening in 2009. You can now listen to sample of the tracks and order both albums online.
V.A / Waltz For Forest Sunlight (CD)
V.A / 部屋、音楽が溶けて (CD)
We’re happy to have Hanging Up The Moon and ASPIDISTRAFLY featured in “NOW, SINGAPORE” – A group exhibition showcasing the top Singaporean creators at EDIT LIFE Singapore, curated by Kenny Leck of BooksActually. We hope to see you there.
11 April to 12 May – Vol.1 Male Creators
Sean Lam of Hanging Up The Moon
16 May to 19 June – Vol.2 Female Creators
April Lee of ASPIDISTRAFLY