Skill With A Blade Faux Personae and Analogous Images
Jun 162005

It was over Sudanese-made hummus, falafels, and our own dry vodka martinis that the Soundroom hosted its debut Listening Salon on a blistering hot June evening this past weekend.

Muscling right out of the gate was audio engineer, musician, and proprietor of the Soundroom’s sister studio MoonDogEast, Hoby Ebert. With a nod to the then-pending U.S. release of Brian Eno’s Another Day On Earth, Hoby guided our ears through a unique set of Eno-related recordings, prompting with his selections a room of applause.

D’CuCKOO — “No One Receiving”
Eno, Moebius, Rodelius — “Tzima N’Arki”
Robert Wyatt — “Heaps Of Sheeps, Shleep”
David Byrne — “Red House”

New York composer and filmmaker Denise Anderson followed with two challenging recordings that made eyes and ears in the room open wide. Her choices resulted in much discussion—thoughtful, but not lacking emotional and even physical response. (Not to mention the mercantile reaction, such as, “Where do we get more??”—especially in respect to the Portugese composer she featured first.)

Luís Tinoco — “Invention On Landscape” (not commercially available)
Iannis Xenakis — “Hibiki-Hana-Ma”

Writer, visual artist, Red Sun Soundroom regular and near-official opinion-for-hire Kim Mitchell delivered a moving feature set. Collected and sequenced to portray a mood she described simply as “the melancholy of Summer”, Kim’s set invited us aboard a magic vessel visiting Ethiopian nightclubs, the hard American South of the 1960s, whispering landscapes of pop remembrance and “silent music”.

Federico Mompou — “Música Callada: Book 1 – I. Angelico” (perf. Herbert Henck)
Mazzy Star — “Disappear”
U2 — “Love Comes Tumbling”
Jocelyn Pook — “Red Song”
Heather Duby — “Falter”
Lhasa — “La Frontera”
Daniel Lanois — “Shine”
Wallias Band — “Muziqawi Silt”
Fanaye Tesfaye — “Tchèwata”
R.L. Burnside — “Goin’ Down South”
Nina Simone — “Black Is The Color”
U2 — “Promenade”
Ekova — “Idem Soite Done”
Keren Ann — “Not Going Anywhere”

Evening became morning before i reached into my music sack. I had three things i was hoping to play, but shortened that list to two, especially in the wake of the curatorial genius Ms Mitchell had just demonstrated. Our cups were full; one cannot fill a full cup. But i dared to let things spill a little and offered what i consider a prolegomena to North Indian classical music, followed by a new recording of an Arabic pop star covering a tune by the Clash, and featuring Brian Eno on synthesizer, to bring the evening full circle.

Zakir Hussain — “Tabla Demonstration”
Rachid Taha — “Rock El Casbah”

If you’d like more information about any of these recordings (date, label, release info, personnel, etc.), please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll get back to you with details.

Many thanks to our new friends Seif and Ayoub for cooking up such an outstanding feast. And a feast is what the whole evening was, a feast of ideas and new sounds, of laughter and awe, of emphatic gestures, then a kind of stillness to which only deep listening brings us.

Be in touch.

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