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Yellow smile

September 2nd, 2011

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.

Yellow Smile

Ikue Mori

May 20th, 2011

Back in the 80`s my partner and I owned a recording studio in Brooklyn, and we were deeply involved with the Hip Hop scene and the experimental downtown crowd. It was mainly Yoram Vazan, my partner, who was and still is an accomplished mixing engineer, that was working with musicians such as Elliott Sharp, Arto Lindsey, John Zorn, Fred Frith and many others. One of the musicians who is still making cutting edge innovative music using tools such as Max MSP to experiment with live as you could hear here is Ikue Mori, who had moved to NYC back in 1977 from her native city of Tokyo, and formed DNA, and has been experimenting with drum machines triggering samples and sounds and manipulating it live ever since. This is a piece with Julianna Barwick on vocal manipulation.

The Reel Deal

April 5th, 2011

If Louis Vasquez is involved, I got to check it out. We have been Soft moon groupies since day one. Another reason to be curious about this project, is that it`s been released by Knitting Factory records, and I still remember the days while visiting The venue at the original location on Houston street, listening to all those friends and bands, who were part of the extremely active NYC downtown scene, great talents and musicians like Elliott Sharp, Arto Lindsay, John Zorn, Hugo Largo, David Linton, and lots more.

On Lumerians`s ‘Atlanta Brook’, I`m sure you`ll dig the cheesy Vasquez signature, this great vintage organ sound, the hypnotic grooves, and to the whole 70`s hippie psychedelic acidy atmosphere it puts you in. This 5 piece from Oakland sounds real good, and you should head over to the Knitting factory site, and grab a copy of ‘Transmalinnia’.