- St. Francis
- Cellar Volume 1
- Music for Public Ensemble
- Epigenetic Poetry
- a channel, dedicated to Michael
- In My Arms, Many Flowers
- Romanzi nelle i
- Cradle for the Wanting
- Lost at Sea
- Voooxing Poooêtre
- A Castle Popping
- Still In Your Pocket
- A Turn Of Breath
- Ground Of Being
- The Terrible Comet Salt
- Music For Private Ensemble
- Rags To Riches
- Evening Song Awaken
- Vanity Fair
- Mastering Services
- Art Gallery
December 27th, 2016.
This is the third Recital Newsletter.
Firstly, I’d like to announce that the second pressing of Daniel Schmidt’s In My Arms, Many Flowers LP is now available. It turned out to be more popular than I had anticipated, and sold out quickly. The interest it has stirred has made Daniel and myself very happy. A second LP of his will be coming soon, culled from the hours of unreleased tapes. Daniel is currently busy writing a piece for Lou Harrison’s centennial, to be premiered in the Bay Area later in 2017.
November saw the release of my major work of the past few years, Music for Public Ensemble. It took form over three years – I am so happy to have it out now and away from me. It was formally unveiled after the dark days of the American election news, which perhaps curtailed public interest in buying Avant Garde music. No matter, I believe people will find the album if and when they need to. It was such a joy to correspond with all those involved, and made this ‘community’ seem much more tangible to me for a time. Having the project behind me, I find myself missing having such a grand pool to dip into in my free hours. It was very therapeutic, being able to contort Ian’s voice or Zach’s violin to fit in place with the coffee of the morning or the emotions of the falling daylight. Anyways, so now, to fill this void- I have been beginning to write an operetta called The Mummy. It will be an easy platform to deliver uneasy ideas, as I say.
I have been developing a friendship with Eric Schmid over the past few months; an artist I admire. Eric’s way of facing both himself and his interpersonal connections, with the same boldness applied to the world of art and philosophy, is an inspiration to me. I tend to crawl along the shore and cherish the light on the water, whereas he seems to be already treading out past the buoys. This way of being is refreshing to me, and thus working together has been really beneficial and invigorating. On our album, St. Francis (released this December on Recital), Eric and I, along with Mattea Landry, have begun to explore new ground together. Eric basically gave me a score (a list of elements) and let me orchestrate: recordings of himself and Mattea reading about St. Francis, a Justin Bieber song, a porno, a library, a train ride, a film, digitally synthesized birds, church bells, Steve Reich, and of course Imagine etc. Eric asked me to sing, a-cappella, a song by the folk-rock band Beirut, so I complied. I played some ambient piano lines on the first works, and on the last piece some cello layers played back upon themselves. Form, the last piece, also features sound poetry tape work I made while sitting on my couch in the sweaty summer of 2015, interspersed. I am quite proud of this reflexive album, and feel it deserves a good listen- as it knits comfortable and uncomfortable motifs, like a deep husky whisper. It comes connected to a short book, The St. Francis List, something one could equate to the Nurse With Wound list. You’ve just got to see it to understand. Perhaps, there is nothing to understand. We’re working on a series or saga – St. Paul is up next.
Lastly, in January we will have circled our Sun five times to bring us to the 5th anniversary of Recital. Thus, I have been lucky to gather together a CD compilation that features unique new works from: Roger Eno, Graham Lambkin, Andrew Chalk, Loren Connors, IFCO, Karla Borecky, Sarah Davachi, Nour Mobarak and many more. It is something to look forward to, something for everyone.
Here we have list that holds just some of what to expect in 2017 on Recital:
R26 – Mary Mazzacane – The Art of Mary Mazzacane (Single-sided LP) – Loren Connors’ mother’s operatic vocal recordings, 1948-1974.
R27 – Peter Friel, Mattea Landry, Eric Schmid – Password / Chamber Music (7” single) – Radio play and a vocal piece.
R28 – Gabi Losoncy – Security Besides Love (LP) – First vinyl release by the enigmatic artist. A public and a personal testimony.
R29 – Loren Connors – Evangeline (LP) – Reissue of the 1998 album, as beautiful and fragile as snow.
R30 – Various – 5 Year Anniversary (CD) – Recital’s 5th year, celebrated by all new music of past and future Recital artists.
R31 – Arrigo Lora-Totino – Out of Page (LP) – Archival recordings of the sound poetry pioneer, who sadly passed away in 2016.
also, LPs by Roger Eno, Charlie Morrow, Michael Vincent Waller, and Dick Higgins.
ring of fire and eye of fire
firebird among the fireflies
on the empty snow
shadows of uncompleted stories
from holy consumption
to very cordially yours,
R25 – Mattea Landry, Sean McCann, Eric Schmid – “St. Francis” CD/Pamphlet
Collaborative music and writing by the artists.
It holds religious texts, choir music, moody piano, popular music, pornography, cello, a library, bells, & birds.
Secondly, for gifting (to yourself, perhaps) – a Recital smoked-glass cup.
You can order it at the bottom of the Purchase page.
Here are two audio extracts from the album;
In other news… Recital is now assisting with distribution of Michael Pollard’s record label, FQW. The first two titles are available at the bottom of the purchase page, and are both spectacular.
Eric Schmid – “Scheiße Musik” LP
Talking (German / English). 70 minutes long.
Edition of 80
Michael Pollard – “Piano Sonata After a Conversation with Jonathan Gean” LP
Piano music. 40 minutes long.
Co-published with 0dx
In newsprint sleeve with graphite rubbing
Edition of 100
There are a few items that have become available…
Firstly, a new Recital album. An imaginary concert, premiering works by Rob Magill, Alec Livaditis, Michael Vincent Waller, Celia Hollander ($3.33), James Rushford & Joe Talia.
Lastly, Recital is distributing a self published cassette tape by Eric Schmid, entitled Music Music. It is available at the bottom of the Purchase page.
and in July:
•R17 Daniel Schmidt – In My Arms, Many Flowers LP
•R21 Matthew Sullivan – Skene LP
later in the year:
•R15 Ian William Craig – Cradle for the Wanting LP *repress of 300pc on Yellow/red wax
•R22 Sean McCann – Music for Public Ensemble 2xLP
Onward and onward
Open Call for women and men to lend their voice and join the Rose-Paste Chorale. These works will be included on Sean McCann’s (nearly complete) 2xLP, Music for Public Ensemble.
Any degree of singing talent is welcomed.
There are 3 short pieces, each has a video-score to follow. The scores use universal musical dictation, accessible to all.
Simply record your voice, in the best fidelity available to you, and send along the audio files – which will be woven and edited together.
Email seantristanmccann at gmail dot com to participate.
I need to thank all who have supported Recital over the past year. It has been a grand one.
2016 is lined up to have the busiest release schedule yet for Recital, ranging from books to CDs to LPs.
And wine glasses.
The first set of releases (in January) are two books:
Those are available now for Pre-order, and will ship in the first two weeks of January.
Following further in the year… a Loren Connors reissue LP (a sister to Airs), archival Italian sound poetry LPs, an American gamelan LP/CD, and at long last my own Music for Public Ensemble 2xLP (amongst many others).
Would like to extend thanks to Mark Harwood, Graham Lambkin, Scott Foust, Allen Mozek, Jordan Spencer, Nick Storring, Ian William Craig, Enzo Minarelli, Andrew Chalk, Tom Scott, Zach Schwartz, Cameron Stallones, Rob Magill, Matthew Sullivan, Alex Gray, & Maxwell Croy for their correspondence and support for Recital.
Additionally, to Tiny Mix Tapes, The Wire, Mojo, & A Closer Listen (amongst many other press outlets).
-Sean McCann, December 2015
If interested in picking up a copy of Ian’s new LP, Cradle for the Wanting, you can Purchase one through Recital, or through one of our Distributors (who are receiving their copies very soon.) The Deluxe edition has sold out, and many of the remaining copies have been spoken for.
And here is some visual-fanfare to welcome Ian’s new LP.
*Note that the soundtrack is not just one piece, but an overview that cleverly stitches together three works from Cradle.
In other Recital news, Sean McCann’s book, Pacifics, will be made available in late November. Followed by a fascinating new work, Romanzi nelle i (Book + cd/dvd) by Italian sound poet Enzo Minarelli.