THE HELIOPOLAR EGG ~ 2 LIVE RECORDINGS OF CONCERTS AT GOETHE INSTITUTE CAIRO EGYPT ’72, USIS KARACHI PAKISTAN ’75

LP (180 Gram)
Original Artwork by Hartmut Geerken
Numbered & signed edition of 25 ex.
d’or055
Date of Release: TBA

Hartmut Geerken born 1939 in stuttgart/germany. studied oriental languages, comparative religious studies and philosophy (ernst bloch) at the universities of tuebingen/germany, constantine/algeria and istanbul/turkey. worked for goethe-institutes in cairo, kabul and athens (1966-1984).
author, composer, musician, film-maker, actor, mycologist, bumble-bee-keeper, publisher of authors from the circle of literary expressionism and dada etc.
in the age of 8 years he started piano lessons and with 14 he gives his first public solo piano radio concert performing works of bela bartok. after finishing his classical piano education he switched to jazz and new music. studied with karlheinz stockhausen, lukas foss, györgy ligeti, aloys kontarsky et al. worked with john tchicai, salah ragab, famoudou don moye, sunny murray, grace yoon, don cherry, takehisa kosugi, sainkho namtchilak, sun ra, robert lax, the art ensemble of chicago, the sun ra arkestra et al. in the end 60’s he co-foundes the “cairo jazz band” with salah ragab & directed the “cairo free jazz ensemble”. in 1976 he toured in duo with michael ranta far east from teheran to osaka. 1985 he was on an extensive tour through west afrika with john tchicai & famoudou don moye. he has more than 40 vinyls & cds in his name. from 1991-1992 he held the chair of poetics at he the folkwang university in essen.
living in cairo for 6 years he invited sun ra to his spiritual homeland. geerken runs one of the most complete sun ra archives worldwide and organizes from 1994 to 2010 the annual “waitawhile international sun ra conventions”. since 2005 he is co-editor of a 40 volume edition of the complete works of the german philosopher salomo friedlaender/mynona. since 1953 he came up with about 200 radio-broadcasts, numerous books, lps, cds, exhibitions & films.
Hartmut Geerken Website

Michael Ranta Percussionist/composer Michael Ranta (US, 1942) is a key figure in the world of contemporary avant garde music. He studied composition with a.o. Lejaren Hiller and Herbert Brün, recorded and performed in all Harry Partch productions between 1960 and 1968. In the late 60’s he moved to Cologne and worked with Lachenmann, Kagel, Stockhausen, Riedl… In 1970 he took part in the Osaka World Expo as member of Stockhausen’s ensemble. Ranta lived in Taiwan from 1972 till 1979 where he taught music history and percussion. Meanwhile he performed with a.o. Takehisa Kosugi, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Toru Takemitsu and worked in the electronic music broadcast studio in Tokyo (NHK). He was also part of the ephemeral group ‘Wired’ with Mike Lewis, Karl-Heinz Böttner and Conny Plank that only did one single studio session resulting in that legendary LP on the ‘Free Improvisation’ box set on the Deutsche Grammophon. In the mid 70’s Ranta performed intensively with Hartmut Geerken all over Asia and North Africa. Back in Germany Ranta formed the percussion group Transit, worked with Jean Claude Eloy and also provided music for theatre, dance and documentary film. Ranta privately released a couple of intriguing solo albums through Asian Sound which is also the company he founded specializing in distribution of Oriental percussion instruments. Since 2010 Belgian label Metaphon has been releasing major works from his archive including the highly acclaimed ‘MU’ sessions with Mike Lewis and Conny Plank. Michael Ranta is one of those rare composers able to organically melt his wide artistic span into a singular but yet diverse universe morphing his rich vocabulary as a percussionist with the Oriental esoteric tradition, the psychedelic underground and the realm of electronic/concrete minimalism. Michael Ranta Website

a side
-february 15, 1972, goethe institute cairo, egypt. 18:44
b side
-may 10, 1975, karachi, pakistan. 18:48

a side contains the very first concert by the heliopolar egg, february 15, 1972, goethe institute cairo, egypt. personel: geerken, ranta, von puttkamer, el hakim.
b side contains a concert at may 10 1975, usis karachi pakistan. personel: ranta, geerken.

All Music by The Heliopolar Egg
Production, mastering, vinylcut by Raymond Dijkstra

Excerpt Side A
Excerpt Side B

Artwork Description:
Lomography by Hartmut Geerken.
Lomographie, cellotape on LP jacket.
More pictures follow

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Wadada Leo Smith, Bobby Naughton, Peter Kowald ~ Knoxville 1981

LP (180 Gram)
Original Artwork by Wadada Leo Smith
Numbered & signed edition of 25 ex.
d’or054
Date of Release: TBA

Wadada Leo Smith was born in Leland, Mississippi, and his musical life began in high school concert and marching bands. At the age of thirteen, he became involved with the Delta Blues and other music traditions.

Mr. Smith received his formal musical education from his stepfather Alex “Little Bill” Wallace, composer and guitarist, and one of the pioneers of electric guitar in Delta Blues. He was further educated through the U.S. Military band program at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri (1963); Sherwood School of Music (1967-69); and Wesleyan University (1975-76). He has researched a variety of music cultures: African, Japanese, Indonesian, European and American.

Wadada Leo Smith, trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, and improviser is one of the most acclaimed creative artists of his times, both for his music and his writings. For the last five decades, Mr. Smith has been a member of the historical and legendary AACM collective. He distinctly defines his music as “Creative Music.” Mr. Smith’s diverse discography reveals a recorded history centered around important issues that have impacted his world.
Mr. Smith started his research and designs in search of Ankhrasmation in 1965. His first realization of this language was in 1967, which was illustrated in the recording of The Bell (Anthony Braxton: ‘Three Compositions of New Jazz’), and has played a significant role in his development as an artist, ensemble leader, and educator.

He has been on the faculty of the following institutions: The University of New Haven (1975-’76), The Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY (1975-’78), and Bard College (1987-’93). From 1994 he was on the faculty at The Herb Alpert School of Music at California Institute of the Arts. There he was the director of the African-American Improvisational Music program. Mr. Smith retired from CalArts in 2013.

He is a member of these professional organizations: ASCAP, Chamber Music America, and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

Mr. Smith’s awards and commissions include: DownBeat Magazine’s 65th Annual Critics Poll: Artist, Trumpet, and Album of the Year (America’s National Parks). Mr. Smith is featured on the cover of the August 2017 issue of DownBeat. And in the 2016 Jazz Times’ Critics Poll, he was honored the Artist of the Year.
His America’s National Parks earned wide praise as one of the best albums of 2016 from media like The New York Times, the NPR Jazz Critics Poll, The Wire and many other publications.

A finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Music, he received the 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award and earned an honorary doctorate from CalArts, where he was also celebrated as Faculty Emeritus.

Mr. Smith was also honored by the Jazz Journalists Association as their 2017 Musician of the Year as well as the 2017 Duo of the Year for his work with Vijay Iyer. The JJA also named him their 2016 Trumpeter of the Year, 2015 Composer of the Year, and 2013 Musician of the Year. Also, in 2013 he was also selected as DownBeat’s Composer of the Year and he graced the cover of that magazine in November 2016.

Wadada Leo Smith’s Ankhrasmation language scores have recently been exhibited in major American museums. In October 2015, The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago presented the first comprehensive exhibition of these language scores. In 2016, the scores were also featured in the Hammer Museum’s ‘Made in L.A.’ exhibition; he also received the Hammer Museum’s 2016 Mohn Award for Career Achievement honoring brilliance and resilience.
His scores have also been shown at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Michigan, and Kadist Art Foundation in San Francisco, California.

Ten Freedom Summers, (Defining Moments in the History of the United States of America) is a large work (four-CD box set) inspired by the civil rights movement. TFS has been awarded: MAP Fund Award (2011), Chamber Music America New Works Grant (2010), NEA Recording Grant (2010), commissioned by Southwest Chamber Music with support from the James Irvine Foundation and Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, and Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2009-2010).

He was awarded an Other Minds residency, that commissioned Taif, a string quartet (2008); simultaneously a Fellow of the Jurassic Foundation (2008); FONT (Festival of New Trumpet) Award of Recognition (2008); Islamic World Arts Initiative of Arts International (2004); Fellow of the Civitela Foundation (2003); Fellow at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (2001); “Third Culture Copenhagen” in Denmark presented a paper on Ankhrasmation (1996); Meet the Composer/Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Commissioning Program (1996); Asian Cultural Council Grantee to Japan (June-August 1993); Meet the Composer/Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Commissioning Program (1990); New York Foundation on the Arts Fellowship in Music (1990); Numerous Meet the Composer Grants (since 1977); and National Endowment for the Arts Music Grants (1972, 1974, 1981).

Writings:

Mr. Smith’s music philosophy Notes (8 Pieces) Source a New. World Music: Creative Music, originally published by Kiom Press (1973), translated and published in Japan by Zen-On Music Company Ltd. (1976). In 1981 Notes was translated into Italian and published by Nistri-Litschi Editori. An expanded edition of Notes (8 Pieces) has been published in 2015.

In 1996 Mr. Smith presented a paper on his Ankhrasmation music language at the “Third Culture Copenhagen” conference, along with artists, scientists and philosophers. His interview was recorded for Denmark T.V., broadcasted in September 1996.

Some of the artists Mr. Smith has performed with are: Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Cecil Taylor, Steve McCall, Anthony Davis, Carla Bley, Don Cherry, Jeanne Lee, Tadao Sawai, Muhal Richard Abrams, Ed Blackwell, Kazuko Shiraishi, Han Bennink, Marion Brown, Charlie Haden, Malachi Favors Magoustous, Jack Dejohnette, Vijay Iyer, Ikue Mori, Min Xiao Fen, Bill Laswell, John Zorn, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Frank Lowe, among many others.

His compositions have been performed by many contemporary music ensembles: RedKoral Quartet, Orkiestra Symfoniczna NFM (Wroclaw), AACM-Orchestra, Kronos Quartet, Da Capo Chamber Player, New Century Players, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Contemporary Chamber Players (University of Chicago), S.E.M. Ensemble, Southwest Chamber Music, Del Sol String Quartet, New York New Music Ensemble, ne(x)tworks, and California E.A.R. Unit.
For over two decades, Mr. Smith has been creating music for multiple ensembles. Some of these works take several days to perform: Ten Freedom Summers (2011, RedCat, Los Angeles); “Tabligh” for double-ensemble was performed by Golden Quartet and Classical Persian ensemble at Merkin Concert Hall (2006); Golden Quartet and Suleyman Erguner’s Classical Turkish ensemble at Akbank Music Festival in Istanbul (2007). His largest work “Odwira” for 12 multi-ensembles (52 instrumentalists) was performed at California Institute of the Arts (March 1995).

https://www.wadadaleosmith.com

Bobby Naughton is self-taught as a performer and composer. After playing in rock-and-roll groups he took up the vibraphone in 1966, and in the late 1960s played with Perry Robinson, Sheila Jordan, and others. He continued to work intermittently with Robinson while recording as a leader from 1969 on his own label, Otic; in 1971 he wrote a score for Hans Richter’s silent film Everyday (1929). He played with the Jazz Composer’s Orchestra in 1972 and Leo Smith (from the mid 1970s), and joined the Creative Music Improvisors Forum in New Haven, Connecticut. Naughton’s vibraphone playing, like that of Gunter Hampel, emphasizes the instrument’s role in group improvisation rather than its possibilities as a solo vehicle. He plays fluently with four sticks, exploits the vibraphone’s overtones, and sometimes controls manually the instrument’s vanes (which vary its sound intensity). His piano playing (which may be heard on the first of his own albums) has a melodic strength and terseness reminiscent of Paul Bley. 
https://www.bobbynaughton.com/

Peter Kowald Born 1944 in Germany, died 21 September 2002 New York City; double bass, voice, tuba.

Peter Brötzmann (Corbett, 1994) recounted that ‘there was this young guy trying to play the bass, who was Mr Kowald, at that time seventeen years old. Peter lived with his parents. I had my little studio, so he was always hanging out at my place. But he had to be at home at 10.00, he was drinking milk. But we changed that, very soon. His parents were always very angry with me, because he never showed up at home anymore, he dropped studies of ancient languages, Greek and all that.’ By this time (1962) Peter Kowald had been playing bass for two years and, with different drummers the two Peters were playing Mingus, Ornette, and Miles Davis things as well as listening to Coltrane, Stockhausen, Cage et al. Kowald was part of the European tour undertaken by the Carla Bley/Michael Mantler band in 1966 (also featuring Brötzmann) and then came work with other German musicians, membership of the Globe Unity Orchestra and the first recordings: Globe Unity, For Adolphe Sax and Summer 1967, recorded during a brief vacation in London. In particular, Evan Parker credits this visit to London for his invitation to play in the Pierre Favre/Irene Schweizer quartet and his subsequent longstanding involvement with German (and other European) musicians. Kowald’s work with Brötzmann continued – on and off – on record at least, to the time of Kowald’s death and included the Cooperative Trio with Andrew Cyrille, a duo on the Duos project and a recent mix of free jazz, hip-hop and rap.

Peter Kowald was a member of Globe Unity Orchestra for 12 years (1966 to 1978) and for much of this time played less of a side-man role and more of an equal partner – for example, conducting the band – with the person to whom the group has become most associated, Alex von Schlippenbach. His influence is particularly noticeable on Jahrmarkt/Local fair where the two sides of composition are by Kowald (as is the second side of Live in Wuppertal and he is also credited, along with Paul Lovens as ‘producing’ the record, presumably sorting out the sprawling theatricality and poor sound into two ‘meaningful’ fragments. In his notes to 20th anniversary, Schlippenbach emphasises the importance of Kowald in creating a programme that became a lot more ‘colourful’; while further pointing out that he and Kowald gradually drifted further apart ‘until one fine evening after lengthy discussions which resulted in a fight in a pub in Wuppertal, this chapter also closed’. However, before this ending, from 1973 to 1978, Kowald also worked with the Schlippenbach trio (Schlippenbach/ Parker/Paul Lovens), turning it for much of this time into a regular quartet.

Throughout his career, Peter Kowald worked with a wide variety of improvising musicians worldwide and in many considered and unusual situations. He recorded bass duets with Barry Guy, Barre Phillips, Peter Jacquemyn, Maarten Altena, Damon Smith and William Parker, released two solo bass recordings, and had regular groups with Leo Smith and Günter Sommer; with Joëlle Léandre and dancer Anne Martin (Trio Tartini); with dancers Cheryl Banks and Arnette de Mille and cellist Muneer Abdul Fataah (Music and Movement Improvisation); a trio with pianist Curtis Clark; a trio with Canadian alto saxophonist Yves Charuest and Louis Moholo; and Principle Life with Jeanne Lee, Klaus Hovman, and Marilyn Mazur. During the period 1980 to 1985 he was a member of the London Jazz Composers’ Orchestra. He has spent periods in the US and in Japan and recorded three duo LPs (two CDs) with US, European and Japanese musicians. He also lived in Greece and similarly played and recorded with the Greek musicians Floros Floridis and Ilias Papadopoulos. By contrast, the 12 months May 1994 to May 1995 was designated Kowald’s ‘Year at home’ project which comprised a mixture of solo works – out of which, to some extent, the last solo CD grew (Was da ist) – and group performances.

In addition, Peter Kowald collaborated extensively with poets and artists and with the dancers Gerlinde Lambeck, Anne Martin, Tadashi Endo, Patsy Parker, Maria Mitchell, Sally Silvers, Cherly Banks, Arnette de Mille, Sayonara Pereira, and Kazuo Ohno. Specific works included Die klage der kaiserin (1989) with Pina Bausch, Short pieces (since 1989) with Jean Sasportes, The spirit of adventure (1990) with Anastasia Lyra, Wasser in der hand (1990/91) with Christine Brunel, and Futan no sentaku/The burden of choice (1990/91) with Min Tanaka and Butch Morris.
http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/mkowald.html

Side-A
1 The Blue Skyline Drive Monument 16:07


Side-B
2 Kowald; a Remembrance 5:20
3 Nauxtagram; for Bobby Naughton 9:28


Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet, flugelhorn and percussions
Bobby Naughton, vibraphone
Peter Kowald, Bass

All compositions by
Wadada Leo Smith
Bobby Naughton
Peter Kowald

Concert performance at the Knoxville’s Laurel Theater in Knoxville Tn.,
the concert was recorded in 1981.


Producers:
Wadada Leo Smith
Bobby Naughton
Peter Kowald
Ashley Capps
Astres d’Or

Publishers:
WLSmith music is published by Kiom music, ascap;
Bobby Naughton music is published by Kettletown Music, BMI

Recorded by Bobby Naughton on Nakamichi 550

Wadada Leo Smith, Bobby Naughton, Peter Kowald ~ Knoxville 1981 Excerpt A
Wadada Leo Smith, Bobby Naughton, Peter Kowald ~ Knoxville 1981 Excerpt B1
Wadada Leo Smith, Bobby Naughton, Peter Kowald ~ Knoxville 1981 Excerpt B2

Artworks Follow

Art Work Description:
Artwork by Wadada Leo Smith
Acrylics, inks, jells on LP Cover

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FRITZ MÜLLER ~ FREI

LP (180 Gram)
Original Artwork by Eberhard Kranemann
Numbered & signed edition of 25 ex.
d’or053
Date of Release: 21 July 2021

Eberhard Kranemann is a key artist in the early development of Krautrock, end 1960’s. He was born on March 7th, 1945 in Wismar, Germany. He was a founding member of Kraftwerk (1967-’71) and worked with NEU ! in the early 1970’s. With Florian Schneider-Esleben (Kraftwerk) he formed Piss Off in the ’60’s with which he did performances with Joseph Beuys. He collaborated with Conny Plank on his 1977 album Fritz Müller Rock. Eberhard Kranemann is a multimedia artist. In addition to works from the traditional fields of painting, graphics and sculpture, he makes installations, photo montages, photo painting, video works, sound installations and performances.
“The multimedia bombardments by the mass media can only be adequately implemented spiritually and materially through multimedia creative acts.” (E.K.)

Eberhard Kranemann – collaborations: Joseph Beuys, Conny Plank, KRAFTWERK, NEU!, Yoichiro Kita (Tokyo), Paul Amlehn (New Zealand) Mathew Emmett (England), Paolo Tarsi (Italy), VocColours, Ina Sladic, Andre Chi Sing Yuen, Holger Mertin, Harald Grosskopf, field notes / Initiative Neue Musik Berlin

Gallery: Henrietta Weithorn, Düsseldorf, Germany

Video Documentations: Zeitgeist Media Production, USA

https://www.e-kranemann.de/

The music contained in this publication was perceived and recorded in 1973, after Kranemann’s collaboration with KRAFTWERK (1967-1971) and NEU! (1972). The music is a genuine mix between the music and sound of both groups at that time (think Kraftwerk 1 & 2 LP’s and first LP of NEU!) and therefor an important document for everyone who’s interested in this era German experimental music.

Rumor has it that several members of Kraftwerk are involved.
Drums by Klaus Dinger (Neu !)

A Side
– OH MANN 26:45
B Side
– SCREAM & SHOUT 17:46

Recordings from 1973, by Fritz Müller (Eberhard Kranemann)
All music FM. Direct unedited copy from the original tapes.

Fritz Müller ~ Frei Side A Excerpt
Fritz Müller ~ Frei Side B Excerpt

Artwork Description:
Artwork by Eberhard Kranemann. Acrylic on Cardboard. 20-20 cm. Fitted to LP Jacket.

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SVEN-ÅKE JOHANSSON ~ CHINA MAN IN EUROPE

LP (180 Gram)
Original Artwork by Sven-Åke Johansson
Numbered & signed edition of 25 ex.
d’or052
Date of Release: 11 Juli 2021

Sven-Åke Johansson born in 1943 in Mariestad (Sweden), is one of the style-defining drummers of the German free jazz era of the 60s and 70s. From the 80s onwards, he pursued an artistic path largely independent of institutions and groups as a music performer in the circles of fine arts and new music. Among other things, more than fifty record releases, a number of music theater pieces, radio plays, pictorial works and a lively touring life are among his oeuvre.

side a
chinaman in europe
side b
chinaman in europe

All music Sven-Åke Johansson, in concert Utrecht 1982
claxon-festival at t’ hogt in utrecht from 12.12. 1982

Sven-Åke Johansson ~ Chinaman in Europe Excerpt Side A
Sven-Åke Johansson ~ Chinaman in Europe Excerpt Side B

Artwork description:
artwork by s-åj
drawing, 30-30 cm of foam-rubber cymbal
comes in lp-cover with hand written front
„chinaman in europe“ (chinese written)
„chinaman in europe“ (english)



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THE HELIOPOLAR EGG ~ HELIOPOLIS ’72

LP (180 Gram)
Original Artwork by Michael Ranta
Numbered & signed edition of 25 ex.
d’or051
Date of Release: 1 July 2021 / SOLD (Still available from the artist. See below)

Hartmut Geerken born 1939 in stuttgart/germany. studied oriental languages, comparative religious studies and philosophy (ernst bloch) at the universities of tuebingen/germany, constantine/algeria and istanbul/turkey. worked for goethe-institutes in cairo, kabul and athens (1966-1984).
author, composer, musician, film-maker, actor, mycologist, bumble-bee-keeper, publisher of authors from the circle of literary expressionism and dada etc.
in the age of 8 years he started piano lessons and with 14 he gives his first public solo piano radio concert performing works of bela bartok. after finishing his classical piano education he switched to jazz and new music. studied with karlheinz stockhausen, lukas foss, györgy ligeti, aloys kontarsky et al. worked with john tchicai, salah ragab, famoudou don moye, sunny murray, grace yoon, don cherry, takehisa kosugi, sainkho namtchilak, sun ra, robert lax, the art ensemble of chicago, the sun ra arkestra et al. in the end 60’s he co-foundes the “cairo jazz band” with salah ragab & directed the “cairo free jazz ensemble”. in 1976 he toured in duo with michael ranta far east from teheran to osaka. 1985 he was on an extensive tour through west afrika with john tchicai & famoudou don moye. he has more than 40 vinyls & cds in his name. from 1991-1992 he held the chair of poetics at he the folkwang university in essen.
living in cairo for 6 years he invited sun ra to his spiritual homeland. geerken runs one of the most complete sun ra archives worldwide and organizes from 1994 to 2010 the annual “waitawhile international sun ra conventions”. since 2005 he is co-editor of a 40 volume edition of the complete works of the german philosopher salomo friedlaender/mynona. since 1953 he came up with about 200 radio-broadcasts, numerous books, lps, cds, exhibitions & films.
Hartmut Geerken Website

Michael Ranta Percussionist/composer Michael Ranta (US, 1942) is a key figure in the world of contemporary avant garde music. He studied composition with a.o. Lejaren Hiller and Herbert Brün, recorded and performed in all Harry Partch productions between 1960 and 1968. In the late 60’s he moved to Cologne and worked with Lachenmann, Kagel, Stockhausen, Riedl… In 1970 he took part in the Osaka World Expo as member of Stockhausen’s ensemble. Ranta lived in Taiwan from 1972 till 1979 where he taught music history and percussion. Meanwhile he performed with a.o. Takehisa Kosugi, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Toru Takemitsu and worked in the electronic music broadcast studio in Tokyo (NHK). He was also part of the ephemeral group ‘Wired’ with Mike Lewis, Karl-Heinz Böttner and Conny Plank that only did one single studio session resulting in that legendary LP on the ‘Free Improvisation’ box set on the Deutsche Grammophon. In the mid 70’s Ranta performed intensively with Hartmut Geerken all over Asia and North Africa. Back in Germany Ranta formed the percussion group Transit, worked with Jean Claude Eloy and also provided music for theatre, dance and documentary film. Ranta privately released a couple of intriguing solo albums through Asian Sound which is also the company he founded specializing in distribution of Oriental percussion instruments. Since 2010 Belgian label Metaphon has been releasing major works from his archive including the highly acclaimed ‘MU’ sessions with Mike Lewis and Conny Plank. Michael Ranta is one of those rare composers able to organically melt his wide artistic span into a singular but yet diverse universe morphing his rich vocabulary as a percussionist with the Oriental esoteric tradition, the psychedelic underground and the realm of electronic/concrete minimalism. Michael Ranta Website

a side
-february 13, 1972, house of hartmut geerken, heliopolis, eqypt. part I 20:20
b side
-february 13, 1972, house of hartmut geerken, heliopolis, eqypt. part II 20:44

very first meeting between geerken & ranta
instrumentation: sun ra’s sun harp, argool, zummarah, singing tube, violin, temple blocks, swarmandal, piano, piano strings, mbira, percussion environment, hamboning.

All Music by Hartmut Geerken, Michael Ranta
Production, mastering, vinylcut by Raymond Dijkstra

A Side Excerpt
B Side Excerpt

Artwork Description:
Prints of paintings by Wayne Jacob (Michael Ranta)
More pictures follow

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ILITCH ~ I LOVE YOU BUT YOU’VE CHOSEN DARKNESS

LP (180 Gram)
Original Artwork by Ilitch
Numbered & signed edition of 25 ex.
d’or050
Date of Release: 24 May 2021 / SOLD (Still available from the artist. See below)

Thierry Müller is a multi-instrumentalist composer, whose Ilitch and Ruth projects are recognized in the independent and international underground scene.
He uses unconventional guitars as well as keyboards and other electronic devices to create unusual textures and sounds. Parisian graphic designer, he began making recordings in the early 1970s using prepared guitars, harmonium and tape recorders as instruments.
Since 1978, his albums with multiple and unclassifiable universes have been described as “Cult” by personalities like Tim Gane, Lee Ranaldo, Steven Stapleton, Edward Ka-Spel,…). He has collaborated on albums or live with, among others, Valentina Fanigliulo (Mushy, Phantom Love), Nick Littlemore (Empire Of The Sun, Pnau), Aaron Moore (Volcano The Bear,…), Jac Berrocal, Quentin Rollet, Pepe Wismeer …

“When Astres d’Or asked me to make a limited original edition, I was very flattered and anxious: What format, what media, what kind of music… And as always, under the nickname Ilitch, what story.
For a very long time I wanted to pay tribute to someone that I loved very much at that time in my life but I always pushed it away because this story had been so passionate and destructive.
So, at this request from Astres d’Or, I told myself that it was now or never.
The choice to use only the guitar seemed obvious to me in order, over the improvisations at the base of this record, to remain in the ‘sentiment brut’ of narration of this past period. Collages were a common passion so they imposed themselves. In each one I tried to express a little part of her. “

Side A
Nulle part est ton endroit préféré
Dans Le désordre de tes sentiments
Résister à la tentation de tes certitudes

Side B
Au bord de l’océan de tes pensées
I Love You But You’ve Chosen Darkness
With You Until You’re Dead

All Music by Thierry Müller
Mixed by, mastered by Patrick Müller
Vinylcut by Raymond Dijkstra

Artwork Description:
Hardcover Box with Printed Cover.
Inside:
Handmade Collage (Size approx 30-30 cm) (Unique Artwork)
Folder, cut from old Recordcover, sometimes altered with Paint or Collage (Unique Artwork).
Inside the Folder is a Collection of all Artworks of this Title (Printed, The same in each numbered Publication).

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Printed Collection of all Artworks in the numbered Publications, Card V
Printed Collection of all Artworks in the numbered Publications, Card VI
Printed Collection of all Artworks in the numbered Publications, Card VII
Backside of Collage. Numbered, Signed
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CHRISTINA KUBISCH ~ THREE PIECES FOR ELECTROMAGNETISM

LP (180 Gram)
Original Artwork by Christina Kubisch
Numbered & signed edition of 25 ex.
d’or049
Date of Release: 24 May 2021 / SOLD

Oxford_Madrid 2004
Without Destination 2010
A Bus Meets A Tram Meets A Trolley 2021

Christina Kubisch, born 1948 in Bremen, belongs to the first generation of sound artists. She has artistically developed multiple techniques based on electromagnetic induction, solar energy and special light systems. Since 2003 she has started the series “Electrical Walks” where the public can listen by special custom made headphones to the hidden electromagnetic waves around us. She has been a professor for audiovisual arts in Berlin, Paris, Saarbrücken and Oxford. She is a member of the Akademie der Künste Berlin. Her installations, compositions and audio-visual works have been presented worldwide. Christina Kubisch lives and works in Berlin.
More about her work:
http://www.christinakubisch.de
https://electricalwalks.org/

All Music by Christina Kubisch
Mastered by Douglas Henderson
Vinylcut by Raymond Dijkstra

Artwork Description:
Black Pencil on Paper

“The drawings are inspired by old books about electrical engineering with illustrations of magnetic phenomena. They are a free interpretation of electromagnetic circuits. I closed my eyes while drawing them and followed an inner image.” C.K.

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eau ~ O

New project by Timo van Luijk.

LP (180 Gram)
Original Artwork by Timo van Luijk
Numbered & signed edition of 25 ex.
d’or048
Date of Release: 15 May 2021

Timo van Luijk

Timo van Luijk, born in Finland (1967) and living in the Belgian countryside is an autodidact sound instrumentalist / improvising composer, photographer and printmaker.

Started in the mid 80’s with improvisation and experimental music.

Formed, together with Geert Feytons, the audio-visual experimental music collective Noise-Maker’s Fifes in 1989 using selfmade instruments and field recordings to create complex, surreal audio-visual live happenings, including dance, projected sound and video installations.

Solo music project – Af Ursin – since 1990.

Hand-played improvisations conducted by an attraction for intimate and hermetic atmospheres, psychedelic and mystique spaces, wear of sound and silence.

Music is recorded and produced in the ‘Kulta Saha’ home studio and since 2001 published on LP format through the private ‘La Scie Dorée’ imprint.

Frequent collaborations with ao Andrew Chalk (Elodie, Mirror), Christoph Heemann (In Camera, Mirror), Raymond Dijkstra (Asra, La Poupée…), Frederik Croene, Kris Vanderstraeten, Bart De Paepe (Ilta Hämärä).

Member of the group Onde, formed together with Greg Jacobs and Marc Wroblewski (both from Noise Maker’s Fifes) and occasional live guest with Nurse With Wound.

Van Luijk’s photography, collage and print work radiates a dismal mood with reflections of pictoralism, symbolism and surrealism.

An appearing constant is a profound attraction to an irrational, organic and delicate stilled world, observed through antique lenses, a fin de siècle aura, faded through erosion of time.

Timo van Luijk also runs Metaphon, a concert organisation (till 2012) and record label releasing archive works of experimental music composers and sound artists like Arsène Souffriau, Baudouin Oosterlynck, Michael Ranta,…

Timo van Luijk Homepage
Metaphon

eau – O

A – O I – 19:00
B – O II – 19:00

Debut album of new solo project by Timo van Luijk

…scating the lemniscate, the undulating stream of linear circles…

Multitracked double quartet for drums, bass, guitar and organ.
Recorded in 2005 (Aura Legato daze) and resculptured from the original stereo mix at Kulta Saha, November 2020.

Album sides are as the Rorschach monotype a mirrored version of each other.



Each copy with original Rorschach monotype
Chinese ink on inner gatefold panels
Hand numbered and signed edition of 25 copies


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120 euro
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NURSE WITH WOUND ~ THE DREAM OF REASON BRINGS FORTH MONSTERS

2LP
Original Artwork by Steven Stapleton
Numbered & signed edition of 25 ex.
d’or047
Date of Release: 13 May 2021 / SOLD

New work by NWW, 2020.

Nurse With Wound

Nurse with Wound started as a band in 1978, consisting of Steven Stapleton, John Fothergill and Heman Pathak. The group evolved into a one man’s project of Stapleton, with colaborative input of a wide range of musicians.
NWW’s first output had connections with Surrealism, using soundcollage as an important tool of composition. Later NWW embraced other styles like Krautrock and Ambient.
NWW has issued over 40 full length recordings.

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A Side: 18:06
B Side: 18:06
C Side: 18:00
D Side: 17:54

Complete Soundtrack (72:06 Minutes) from the Film ‘Entering The Forbidden Zone’ by Conor McGrady.

Steven Stapleton
Colin Potter
Petr Vastl
Quentin Rollet

Mixed by Colin Potter at IC Studio
Mastered by Raymond Dijkstra at bhaavitaaH bhuutasthaH

A Side Excerpt
B Side Excerpt
C Side Excerpt
D Side Excerpt

Artwork Description:
Artwork by Babs Santini (Steven Stapleton)
Mixed Media on Paper (30-30 cm)
Handcolored Screenprint, Paint, Spraypaint, Ink, Collage, etc.

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HAN BENNINK ~ TIGER RAG

10″
Original Artwork by Han Bennink
Numbered & signed edition of 25 ex.
d’or046
Date of Release: October 27, 2020 / SOLD

In collaboration with Astres d’Or, Han Bennink has made an edition of 10″ vinyls, 25 copies.
The leitmotiv is the jazz standard the Tiger Rag of which several jazz musicians claim the copyrights, so it is not known who the actual author is.
Most likely it is an old New Orleans traditional.
The Tiger Rag has been performed and recorded through a role in the pianola from the Le Brocope theater in Oldeberkoop, Friesland. The role is played by Ferrante and Teicher as stated on it. The big question is whether or not musicians with these names were specially sought to give the title extra strength.
Han did that for the recording by improvisingly adding all kinds of percussive elements and to continue with that even on the other side of the 10″.

In 1967 the first album was released on the ICP label of the New Acoustic Swing Duo, consisting of Han Bennink and Willem Breuker. To save costs Han made all covers of the first and second edition, a total of 3000 pieces, by hand.
Costs NLG 10.00 + NLG 1.00 shipping costs.
Now, 53 years later, it is a difficult to obtain and precious collector’s item in which music and visual art are so intertwined.
Han subsequently fitted almost all ICP covers, and many others, with a front, but no longer by hand of course. A booklet of this was published in 2008 by Uitgeverij Huis Clos in an edition of 750 copies that was sold out in no time. In 2009 a reprint was released with a new title page and a number of covers added. 500 pieces numbered and signed. Also sold out immediately.
This was released again in 2015 with appendix 2009-2014.

When Raymond Dijkstra approached Han with the request to make a series in which music and image come together, he did not have to think long about it.
Fantastic to make another LP, but then a small one, after 53 years, in a hand-cut edition of 25 pieces and to design it all by yourself.

The fact that the recordings made in 1967 in the Netherlands with Sonny Rollins are also released this year is a wonderful combination of circumstances and makes the circle even more beautiful.

Tiger Rag by Louis Armstrong was the first record Han Bennink received from his father…

Han Bennink

Born in 1942 in Zaandam as the son of Anna Melk and Rein Bennink. Brother Peter followed in 1945. Moved to Hilversum in 1954, where Rein got a permanent job at broadcasting as a percussionist with the Zaaiers and the Cosmopolitain Orchestra. Anna became politically active there as a municipal councilor for the PSP.

At the age of five, Han started drumming on a kitchen chair. His father later gave him better material and converted the attic as a play area and studio for him. When he got tired of playing drums he started drawing and painting and vice versa. Always busy. He was also skilled in sailing and hockey.

He made his first recording with his father on clarinet in the AVRO studio, released on a 78 rpm record, edition 1 piece. He also played with his father wherever the opportunity arose, even at the army base of La Coutine in France, while he managed to escape military service with a hefty S5 (Note Astres d’Or: S5 is a health classification for the Dutch army (S5 means that one has achieved the lowest score on mental stability.)).

He soon went his own way as a drummer, played with the Pim Jacobs Trio, with Johnny Griffin and started the collaboration with Willem Breuker and Misha Mengelberg, from which the Instant Composers Pool (ICP) was created in 1967, with which Han still plays at home and abroad. abroad. Han played with Wes Montgomery, Eric Dolphy, Sonny Rollins, Nina Simone, Peter Brötzman, André van Duin, Percy Sledge, Dexter Gordon, Rita Corita, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Anneke Grönlo, Steve Lacy, Cecil Taylor, Pat Metheny, Piet Noordijk, Ray Anderson, Terrie Ex, Louis van Dijk, Uri Caine and many others.

At the same time Han studied at the Kunstnijverheidsschool in Amsterdam, the current Rietveld Academy, where he graduated cum laude as a graphic artist in 1964. At the graduation ceremony, director Dirk Vis declared Han the best drummer among graphic artists and the best graphic artist among drummers. That statement does not seem to have lost its relevance.
Han makes objects, assemblages and collages from mostly found objects. The only painter’s material Han uses is paper, pens, pencils, stamps, ink and watercolor for his drawings and arrangements.
Han designs the sleeves for LPs and CDs for his recordings. The original copies of the first ICP LP have since become valuable collector’s items.
Han has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries, including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Het Goois Museum in Hilversum, the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, The Design Museum in London, Akademie der Künste in Berlin, Museum Bevédère in Oranjewoud and Museum Kranenburgh in Bergen.

Han designed various trophies for Sena, the rights organization for performing artists: in 2017 the ‘Gouden Slifje’ trophy for the young most promising jazz drummer of the year, ‘De Gouden Notenkraker’ in 2018 for leading musicians or ensembles and the ‘Humble Hero Award’ 2019 and 2020 for the often invisible session musician who has left his mark.

Han himself won the Wessel Ilcken prize, predecessor of the Boy Edgar prize, the European Jazz Prize, Kunstpreis der Stadt Berlin, Bird Award Norths Sea Jazz Festival, Lifetime Achievement Award Cairo Jazz Festival, the Skoda Jazz Award Jazz Ahead Bremen and an Edison for the ICP Complete Boxed Catalog.

Two documentaries have been made about Han, “The Bearded” by Trino Flothuis and “Hazard Time” by Jelly Dekker. Erik van den Berg wrote his biography ‘De Wereld als Trommel’ and Irma Boom designed the book about and with his visual art ‘HANBENnInK’.

Besides the ICP orchestra, Han is part of the duo with clarinetist Joris Roelofs, the duo with pianist Guus Janssen, the ICP trio with Wolter Wierbos and Ernst Glerum, The Quartet.NL with Peter Beets, Ernst Glerum and Benjamin Herman, has his own Han Bennink Trio with pianist Simon Toldam and clarinetist Joachim Badenhorst and now plays with the third generation of jazz musicians.

Han still combines music and visual art. During the periods when he is free from music and does not have to go out, new ideas are always sprouting and assemblages are put together and new covers are designed.

(All text above Annemiek Ebbink, 01-10-20)

HAN BENNINK ~ TIGER RAG A Side Excerpt
HAN BENNINK ~ TIGER RAG B Side Excerpt

Artwork Description: Handfolded outercover, handprint. Innercover with handwriting. Iron bolt. Artwork by Han Bennink.

HAN BENNINK ~ TIGER RAG
LP Original Artwork by HB SOLD