In 1998, cancer took the life of avant-garde cellist Tom Cora, a musician who never received his due acclaim. On ‘Hallelujah, Anyway; Remembering Tom Cora’, we can hear some of Cora’s finest moments and dozens of his musical friends performing works that celebrate the musician’s life. This double-CD tribute to the late cellist Tom Cora was released on John Zorn‘s Tzadik label, the label that brought us dozens of memorable jazz albums, new music, and experimental releases, (Tzadik donated all the profits of this release to Cora’s surviving family).
One of the tracks on this amazing Tribute is ‘Yellow Smile’ by Hahn Rowe. I have known Hahn since the Eighties as I owned a small 8 track recording studio together with engineer/ partner Y. Vazan, and we were quite involved with NYC Avant guard Downtown scene, a scene Hahn was an active member of. I have been following his work ever since. He has always kept his signature, his tone, his sound, whether he used the Violin, his main instrument, a guitar, a feedback or a sample. This guy has never compromised or sold out his art, and when I heard ‘Yellow Smile’ which has been released 20 years after meeting him, it still sounded fresh, as it did sound in the first day I have heard him play.
Some xtra bio stuff:
HR – Composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist (violin, guitar, electronics). A member of Glenn Branca‘s ensemble in the mid 80s, he was introduced to NYC’s then called The Downtown scene. It was during this time that he joined the unique quartet Hugo Largo, who released two acclaimed records on Brian Eno‘s Opal/Land label. Hahn Rowe has worked with musicians who could really take advantage of his unique sound and style such as David Byrne, Foetus, Ikue Mori, Antony and the Johnsons, Moby, That petrol emotion, Syd Straw, and Swans to name a but a few. Hahn Rowe‘s work choreographer Meg Stuart (Damaged Goods) has resulted in the creation of 7 major dance/theater works – ‘Disfigure Study’, ‘No Longer readymade’, ‘Swallow my yellow smile’, ‘Replaement’, ‘Blessed’, ‘Forgeries, Love and other matters’, and ‘Do animals cry‘. Hahn is currently active as a composer for film and television, creating scores for films such as ‘Clean, shaven’ by Lodge Kerrigan, ‘Spring forward’ by Tom Gilroy and ‘Married in America’ by Michael Apted.