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Sixteen Haiku and Other Stories
1. Introduction (On Stage 2) - (featuring Robert Wyatt)
2. Haiku One - (featuring Laetitia Sadier)
3. Haiku Two - (featuring Martine Roberts)
4. Haiku Three (In the Museum Garden) - (In The Museume Garden, featuring Mark Muleahy)
5. Haiku Four - (featuring Alejandro Escovedo)
6. Haiku Five - (featuring Carla Torgerson)
7. Haiku Six - (featuring Carla Torgerson/Ahis Boyatzis)
8. Haiku Seven - (featuring Akis Boyatzis)
9. Haiku Eight - (featuring Edith Eitzel)
10. Haiku Nine - (featuring Mark Eitzel)
11. Haiku Ten - (featuring Cat Power)
12. Haiku Eleven - (featuring Simon Joyner)
13. Haiku Twelve (Unprofitable Boat Line) - (Unprofitable Boat Line, featuring Lee Ranaldo)
14. Haiku Thirteen (Sick Fury) - (featuring Alex Gordon)
15. Haiku Fourteen - (featuring Akis Boyatzis)
16. Haiku Fourteen - (featuring John Grant)
17. Haiku Fifteen - (featuring James William Hindle)
18. Haiku Sixteen - (featuring Lee Ranaldo)
19. Dead Sea, The (Logbook II) - (Logbook II, featuring James Sclavunos)
20. Water Warm (Sketches for a Summer) - (Sketches For A Summer, featuring Pintcie Maclure)
21. This Human Body - (featuring Howe Gelb)
22. Jasmine, The - (featuring Steve Wym)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 57142
16 HAIKU & OTHER STORIES features the poetry of George Seferis set to music by Sigmatropic.
This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
Sigmatropic: Akis Boyatzis.
Additional personnel: Cat Power, Robert Wyatt, Laetitia Sadier, Alejandro Escovedo, Mark Eitzel, Steve Wynn, Howe Gelb, Lee Ranaldo (spoken vocals).
Producers: Akis Boyatizis, Antonis Livieratos.
Personnel: Howe Gelb (vocals, guitar, piano); Akis Boyatzis (vocals, acoustic guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer, programming); Edith Frost, James William Hindle, John Grant, Laetitia Sadier, Lee Ranaldo, Alejandro Escovedo, Mark Eitzel, Mark Mulcahy, Pinkie Maclure, Robert Wyatt, Simon Joyner, Steve Wynn, Carla Torgerson, Cat Power (vocals); Kriton Beyer (acoustic guitar, mandolin); Antonis Livieratos (electric guitar, Fender Rhodes piano, programming); Yorgos Kitsios (violin, viola); Solis Barkis (percussion, loops); Coti K. (scratches).
Audio Mixer: CHR. Hadjistamou.
Liner Note Author: Akis Boyatzis.
How many albums can claim to unite a famous Greek poet, underground electronica, a 600-year-old Japanese literary form, and a handful of major figures from contemporary indie and alternative music? The answer is: one--Sigmatropic's 16 HAIKU & OTHER STORIES. The disc features readings of haiku written by Nobel Prize-winning Greek poet George Seferis, with each sung/spoken-word performance by a different guest artist (including Cat Power, Robert Wyatt, Alejandro Escovedo, American Music Club's Mark Eitzel, Giant Sand's Howe Gelb, and others) seamlessly integrated into Sigmatropic's lushly dense electronic soundscapes.
Like all haiku, Seferis's are characterized by brevity, natural imagery, and a keen meditative quality. The music is challenging, surprising, and utterly contemporary ("Haiku 1," read by Stereolab's Laetitia Sadler, sounds as if it could be a Stereolab song), with the mood and tone modulated to suit the theme of each individual haiku. This is a truly remarkable recording, as notable for its uniqueness and listenability as its vision in breaking down walls between cultures and genres. A booklet with Seferis's texts and an enhanced CD featuring a short video add to the treasure.
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