Gathering

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Looking Glass (933.88 kb)
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Table Setting For Snow (933.06 kb)
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SKU: CD-SPL 305
Organization: Smash and Teeny
Media Type: CD
Year of Release: 2014
Record Label: Spool

Gathering brings together the most exceptional music and video art of Toronto duo Smash and Teeny (Sarah Peebles & Nilan Perera), created live in performance, studio and site-specific outdoor locations in Canada, the U.S. and England between 2001-2003. In this double-CD debut of Smash and Teeny, featuring special guest John Butcher, prepared electric guitar, manipulated natural and urban sounds, de-tuned shô and soprano and tenor saxophones conspire and collide, weaving impossibly beautiful improvised sonic landscapes. A stunning blend of saxophone science meets a universe of crafted sampled environments and ancient reed cries, all blended with guitar that has been lovingly altered to resemble massed percussion and string ensembles. Kaladar Kodex (video) features the sonic inspired calligraphy of Chung Gong Ha set to an improvised musical score by the Toronto-based mixed media trio, Cinnamon Sphere (Peebles, Perera and Gong). Juxtaposing real-time with the non-linear, "Kaladar Kodex" provides a layered psychological perspective of the act of spontaneous creation: two musicians and a calligrapher come together in a rural field where they explore their musical, artistic, physical and spiritual connection to the elements and to the historical far m surrounding them. Peebles reconstructs their performance and the myriad of views recorded by herself and Perera, with an eye towards the textures of plants, creatures and ink, musical gesture, and non-linear, experimental form. This is a tableau of improvisation in the moment - an autumn afternoon as the storm approaches beyond the barn.

CD I.
(Smash and Teeny, music)

1 looking glass 6:46

2 stridulation nation 10:22
Outpost Performance Space, May 12, 2001

3 salt phase results 10:15
The Tranzac Club, Toronto Fringe Jazz Festival, May 7, 2002

4 micromelody no. 1 1:12
Studio Excelo, February 2002

5 kite storm warning 8:42

6 ox tendon enigma 6:51

7 lacemaker’s ruin 9:01
The Oasis, 416 Festival, June 26, 2002

8 micromelody no. 2 1:13
Studio Excelo, February 2002

9 table setting for snow 14:20
NOW Lounge, 416 Festival, June 16, 2001

CD II
(music and video)

1 hummingbird midnight (music) 26:26

2 crunchy hands (music) 5:13
Smash and Teeny with John Butcher
Snake Ranch Studios, March 2, 2003

3.Kaladar Kodex (video) 10:40
Cinnamon Sphere, music and visuals
(Peebles, Perera and Chung Gong - calligraphy performance).
Gay and Paul’s farm, Kaladar, Ontario, 1998/1999.
Enhanced CD: video (quick-time format, PC or Macintosh)

Performers:
Sarah Peebles
Nilan Perera
with John Butcher





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