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After many, many years of work, this is apparently the final Biota release and it's also probably their finest as well as their most accessible. The heavily treated sonic material remains, but as in their last few, it's applied to a very 'folky' under-carriage.
Think of the most twisted-yet-musical take possible on Sandy Denny/June Tabor/Judy Collins imaginable and you have a glimmer of what they are doing here. Really nice. REALLY NICE. And a gorgeous art portfolio is included. Highly recommended...

“After 4 years of work on their 11th release for ReR, this extraordinary, reclusive, and highly individual audio-visual collective continues to evolve through the painstaking accumulation and disposition of a seemingly incompatible range of both exotic and familiar musical languages, instruments, techniques and studio manipulations - into one of the few genuinely original bands at work today. It took a long time to refine their unique process of composition to this level of ambiguity and depth, and...

Since the late 1970s Biota has ploughed its own furrow, producing a body of work that resembles nothing anyone else has done or is yet doing. Their compositions evolve in long, constantly shifting timbral blocks filled with fragments and echoes of...

"Six years in the making, this is the sixth CD released by ReR from the visual/sonic art group Biota. Unique in their history and method, Biota painstakingly construct complex, organic structures that mix extensive studio processing and musique concréte techniques, with a highly eclectic orchestra of acoustic and electronic resources - from kit drums, through mediaeval winds, strings and barrel organs, to early experimental electronic instruments. Their works are always performance driven and interleaved...

"Six years in the making, this is the sixth CD released by ReR from the visual/sonic art group Biota. Unique in their history and method, Biota painstakingly construct complex, organic structures that mix extensive studio processing and musique concréte techniques, with a highly eclectic orchestra of acoustic and electronic resources - from kit drums, through mediaeval winds, strings and barrel organs, to early experimental electronic instruments. Their works are always performance driven and interleaved...

If fans of Biota were shocked by the pop songs that appeared for the first time on the previous Biota release, Invisible map is going to send them reeling. They are sung by Genevieve Heistek, from the same school of Montreal musicians who spawned Godsp...

Biota is a unique project consisting of both musicians and artists. Their work is complex, subtle, vast, exquisite and powerful. Layers and layers of processed sound, all originating in played, mostly acoustic sources. All CD's come with books of prints by their visual art component.

"Stunning work that breaks new ground; an extraordinary achievement that was 3 years in the making and rewrote lot of rules in passing. With texts and singing by the inimitable Susanne Lewis, the CD also features...

Contents:
Funnel to a Thread
Half a True Day
Invisible Map
Object Holder
Gyromancy
and the box-only bonus Counterbalance.

The music on the bonus disc is all unheard music built from the group archives and is dedicated to Charles O'Meara, who contributed his piano work to the group for several decades.

“Without any obvious keystone event, Biota – who started recording in the late 1970’s as the Mnemonist Orchestra – have quietly become a musical fixture...

'Tumble' is a 74 minute commissioned for CD work, using the maximum available parameters offered by the medium. More recognisable organisation of materials here. Comes with a booklet of colour prints.
Tumble combines two distinct Biota projects recorded between Autumn 1988 & Spring 1989."

I was at this show! It was very, very disorienting, and the visuals gave me severe motion sickness! Not kidding. This was the only live performance they have undertaken since 1981!

"Biota was founded in 1979 in Fort Collins, Colorado, as the Mnemonist Orchestra. Over the years, the Mnemonist Orchestra developed into Biota (the musical contingent) and Mnemonists (the visual contingent). Both Biota and Mnemonists work as one on productions of musical and visual components. Heard on this CD is...

"Shadoks' first release from Indonesia is very special and was featured in Hans Pokora's 4001 Record Collector Dreams book as one of the rarest items from Asia. Originally released in 1973, this album contains beautiful, well-crafted songs with lots of...

"Nat Birchall charts new paths toward spiritual communion, connecting jazz with classical Indian influences guided by the wistful flow of the harmonium. Cosmic Language sees the UK-based saxophonist, composer, and arranger return to Jazzman Records with a cross-cultural approach: an exploration of the parallel musical paths of jazz and Indian ragas. Here he takes influence from spiritual jazz forebears such as Alice Coltrane and Yusef Lateef and introduces the Indian harmonium to his band, where it takes...

Aaron Standon (saxophones and guitar) has been around and back again playing every thing from straight ahead to free jazz. Pete Evans is a classically trained violinist who can be seen performing with a number of orchestras around the south-west...

For the first time ever, all of the band's 3 recordings for Ace of Hearts (Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Magnetic Flip and Beat of the Mesozoic) are reissued in their entirety and in the order in which they were originally heard when they were issued...

BOTM are a superb instrumental 4 piece (multi-keyboards, guitar, electronic percussion, & sax) who combine equal parts progressive rock, pulse, classical, & more into an instantly recognizable whole; no rock band uses interlocking parts as brilliantly as these guys. This continues & builds upon their signature sound that 1st emerged in the early 80's.
''...fantastically innovative music.''-Expose

''...a fresh & almost indescribable fusion of rock, jazz, modern classical, sampled sound & noise.' - The Boston Phoenix

BOTM are a superb instrumental 4 piece (multi-keyboards, guitar, electronic percussion, & sax) who combine equal parts progressive rock, pulse, classical, & more into an instantly recognizable whole; no rock band uses interlocking parts as brilliantly as these guys. This is their first in 5 years and many people think it is their best yet! Start here.

For their 13th album and in their 25th year together, post-punk, art-rock pioneers Birdsongs of the Mesozoic do a 180 degree musical swerve and link up with bass-baritone vocalist Oral Moses, one of the preeminent African-American performers of...

“Commissioned by the Ethnographic Museum of Geneva (MEG), Jean-Jacques Birgé composed a work based on the MEG's International Archives of Folk Music (IAFM). Perspectives for the 22nd Century includes 31 pieces recorded between 1930 and 1952 and compiled by Constantin Brăiloiu (1893-1958), founder of the IAFM and an authoritative reference in the field of traditional music.
Perspectives for the 22nd Century is written on the basis of an anticipation scenario where the survivors of the disaster of...

“French group Un Drame Musical Instantané was founded in 1976. They present an original, unclassifiable, inventive music, which drifts from jazz to electronic sounds and contemporary music. Klanggalerie has started an extensive re-issue programme with these unqiue avantgarde pioneers which will bring back their classic albums but also side projects like this one. "Rendez-Vous" was recorded in 1981 but never released.
This is what group founder Birgé has to say about the recording: "I met Hélène...

The best Italian band playing Irish music. A real surprise for those who thinks that Latins cannot play jigs, reels, hornpipes, in pure Irish style. After much travel and sessions in Ireland, their instrumental dextery and fresh compositive vein are sh...

''The best Italian band playing Irish music. A real surprise for those who thinks that Latins cannot play jigs, reels, hornpipes, in pure Irish style. After many travel and sessions in Ireland, their instrumental dextery and fresh compositive vein are ...

''The best Italian band playing Irish music. A real surprise for those who thinks that Latins cannot play jigs, reels, hornpipes, in pure Irish style. After many travel and sessions in Ireland, their instrumental dextery and fresh compositive vein are ...


Jean-Pierre Larouche : Guitar
Nathanaël Labrèche : Guitar
Julien Daoust : Drums
Hugo Veilleux : Drums
Vincent Savary : Bass

"...a hyper-caffeinated...all-out assault with...interlocking polyrhythms, frequent time changes, and dense riffing....Thumbs way up." – Avant Music News...

Here's how you know that this is a great, great one; we don't carry CDRs unless they are REALLY special. This is REALLY special.
Great technical math-metal release from this instrumental Canadian outfit of dual guitars, dual drums and bass. Think: 50% Zevious, 25% Upsilon Acrux, 25% King Crimson. The stereo, obviously 100% live, ping-pong left / right attack of the two guitars / two drums will knock your soxx off.

"Featuring members of Fecking Bahamas favourites Golden Python, this obscure...

I remember this French album from 'back in the old days', but I never actually heard it, which is a real shame, because this would have blown my mind had I actually heard it in 1981, when it was recorded.
Founded in Strasbourg, France in 1975, the band's roots are found in adventurous '60s and '70s rock, mixed with contemporary classical composition, as well as obvious influences from Henry Cow, the Canterbury school and '70s European ECM releases. The only cover on the original album is a version...

Jeb Bishop (trombone, electronics)
Alex Ward (guitar, clarinet)
Weasel Walter (drums)

""Flayed" is a studio recording of the first time meeting of this particular combination, although I share a good amount of history and friendship with both musicians. The singular contrabassist and our mutual peer Damon Smith had the bright idea to make a quartet record with Alex Ward, Jeb Bishop and myself, since both of those guys were going to be around New York on the same dates. Jeb and Damon...

“The title track starts with a written structure that eventually leads to an unaccompanied bass solo which reminds these ears that, as much as I enjoy Bisio with pianist Matthew Shipp, a greater appreciation of his technique and writing comes across when he steps away from the individualistic pianist. The music is grounded, not free and wild, but that nevertheless generates close listening. Sometimes Knuffke and Bisio play in an in-between place which doesn't feel like the bass is echoing the cornet...

Kirk Knuffke-cornet
Art Bailey-accordion
Michael Bisio-bass
Michael Wimberly-drums

“There's much to listen for on "Accortet" - the sound quality is excellent (kudos to Jim Clouse of Park West Studio in Brooklyn, NY), the compositions are thoughtful, and the musicianship unbeatable.
Kurt Knuffke continues to impress in every setting he plays in and Art Bailey's musical palette shows how he continues to expand the vocabulary of the accordion. And the rhythm section keeps the...

Michael Bisio: bass, compositions
Karl Berger: vibes, compositions
Mat Maneri: viola
Whit Dickey: drums

The Michael Bisio Quartet is a new kindred-spirit assembly featuring the veteran bassist alongside Mat Maneri (viola), Karl Berger (vibraphone) and Whit Dickey (drums). Their melodiously alluring debut album, MBefore, features the four virtuoso improvisers communing on a set of original compositions by Bisio & Berger, plus a free-minded take on the standard “I Fall in Love Too.

Michael Bisio – bass
Kirk Knuffke - cornet and soprano cornet
Fred Lonberg-Holm - cello/electronics

“This music is inspired by Robert Henri (June 24, 1865 - July 12, 1929) artist, teacher, writer and an organizer of the group known as The Eight, a loose association of artists who protested the restrictive exhibition practices of the powerful, conservative National Academy of Design.”

"Jazz is the music of pure emotion, and it's the vehicle by which Bisio, Knuffke and Lonberg-Holm

“In seven tracks, all credited to both of them, the players keep their ears on each other, exploring the sonic possibilities of their instruments and how they can interact. Those familiar with either musician might expect some untamed frenzy, and Bisio and Shipp definitely deliver dark and stormy textures. Bisio utilizes his bow for intense scraping and howling in ‘Decay,’ where Shipp begins by plucking his piano strings and ends with heavy handwork in the lower register. But the bassist also reveals...

Bitchin Bajas have released a bunch of great, vinyl or download or cassette-only, cosmic, deep space, electronic / krautrock albums.
Think Cluster + Terry Riley + Emeralds + 1975-era T Dream sequences and you get the idea. They cover a Sun Ra classic on this one (Angels & Demons At Play)!! This is one of their rare items available on CD, but from Japan. Another fantastic one.

"Bajas Fresh is on the beach here in 2017, existing and thriving in the same wrecked world as you and me....

This is your last chance on this apparently now out of print set!

Chicago’s Bitchin Bajas have released a bunch of great, vinyl-only, cosmic, deep space, electronic / krautrock albums.
Think Cluster + Terry Riley + 1975-era T Dream sequences and you get the idea.
This totally wonderful set takes all of their USA vinyl-only releases for Drag City and reissues them on CD for the first time in a nice and very reasonably priced package; you want this! “It wasn’t so long ago....”...

This 1987 album, which as far as I know, was the first album released by Iva Bittova, was released in Czechoslovakia at a time when hearing and getting music from "BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN" was not easy but sometimes possible...

This is the first album firmly under her control in quite some time, & it's a really great one! With her violin & voice, she leads a band of acoustic guitar, trumpet, double bass & percussion. The sound is obviously much fuller than her classic solo & ...

Originals, Janacek, Moravian folks songs & more, performed with string quartet, girls choir, clarinets & percussion.

This is a 2014 release that I had never run across before and as far as I can tell, is her most recent totally ‘solo’ solo album. It breaks no ground, but then again, no one else sounds remotely like Iva Bittova!

Iva's debut solo work on ECM doesn't really break any new ground, it merely cements what she does so well - weirdly beautiful (or beautifully weird!), often sparse, sometimes overflowing works, for her extraordinary voice and violin work all rooted in...

This is a collection of pieces from albums where Iva was a guest or a featured soloist, but not where it's from her albums. Lots of work I was familiar with, but also a lot of work I was not familiar with either, including some work no longer available...

This actually isn't a Iva Bittova release per se - it's by composer Vladimir Godar, but some of you are Iva fans and none of you (probably) are Vladimir fans, so commerce wins over truth. Godar is a contemporary composer who writes nicely melodic moder...

Iva and dj's and dance beats! I don't know if I think it is any good, but it doesn't sound like anything else she has done...

"Iva Bittova newest release with the Prague Philharmonia is a sweeping and sonically ample project featuring older and newer compositions from Bittova's repertoire arranged for symphony orchestra. These include pieces created in tandem with Pavel Fajt...

“This recording, first published more than 2 decades ago and not distributed internationally, features Bartok's work for two violins performed by two violinists and singers with deep background in Eastern European Folk Tradition.”

It’s great to see this charming and semi-straight classical and semi-personalized oddball release resurface two decades after we imported a tiny amount from the Czech Republic! Bela Bartok's 44 Duos For Violin, + a few added improvisations that fit in really well by...

Iva Bittova – vocals, violin
Lenka Dusilova - vocals
Monika Naceva – vocals, guitar, loops, effects

“The concert recording captures three exceptional singers of completely different genres at joint performances in Prague and Brno in December 2017. The unique recording captures a perfect fusion of genres, intimate atmosphere and strong female energy. The best moments of the concert are now released on one digipack, which contains an audio disc and a video disc.
"Creation and artistic

A nice little box with a deluxe book, with Iva & Vladimir's acoustic guitar. Includes additional performances from Tom Cora on some cuts.

Being a big fanboy, it's really nice to see Iva get another chance at a US release, this time with Bang On A Can, a band comprised of crack NYC new music composers and performers. This has a really different sound for her, even though it's all her...

Despite having initially made her name as a solo artist performing on violin and voice, and in duet performances with Pavel Fajt, Iva's been working more and more with larger ensembles, and this is no exception. This ambitious album has her working wi...

This Cuneiform title is LONG out of print, but we found a few and can offer them to you at the regular price, while they last! Don't blink and miss it!

Finnish guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim first came to international attention with Edward Vesala's Sound & Fury band. Concurrently, he formed his own group Krakatau as an offshoot to Sound & Fury.
The well-known German ECM label signed Bjorkenheim & Krakatau [who are a quartet of guitar, sax, bass & drums on both of their ECM CDs], and...

"Björkenheim has been well regarded since his 1980s work...but his recent releases have been particularly memorable." – Stereophile

Guitarist and composer Raoul Björkenheim emerged from Finland in the 80s with...

Great modern big band work, written by the great Finnish guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim and - in addition to fine work from the ensemble - features some great work from Raoul himself!...