pan y rosas release oscines et ensefera by reid karris!

OSCINES ET ENSIFERA

reid karris is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound experimentalist and improviser hailing from chicago, illinois trying very hard to get all the music stuck in his head out for all the world to hear. after spending years as an odd guitarist trying to fit in with the world of rock music reid shifted his focus towards improvisation and noise. his primary instruments for doing so are prepared guitar and drum kit sent through electronics. he performs with various groups with guitar including set self on fire, hkm guitar trio and the chicago scratch orchestra. he also plays drums in the experimental duo step slow.

reid took inspiration from two of his favorite sounds – birdsong and the singing of insects – and made them a prominent part of his new album. prepared guitar, drums, percussion, sampled field recordings. the sound is: gum tree. get it on. width pulse, rumble under footpath. roll in, clatter. floating not walking. midnight bowed life. feed them. a rumor of low end murmur. shimmer gong.

reid invites you to please listen with the windows open as to add to the effect, especially in the morning hours for now when the birds are at their best, and late at night once the insects take their place among us.

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pan y rosas release flow by wilhelm matthies and reid karris!

flow - matthies & karris

wilhelm matthies is a musician based in kenosha, wisconsin. reid karris is a musician based in chicago. they met for an improvised session at myopic books on september 7, 2015. wilhelm played a mosesa 7. reid played singing bowls, bells and a music stand. the sound is: squiggle rub. long tone wood. metal rummage. a narrow path. a gap in mountains. bell clarity. burrow in earth. deep in roots.

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reid karris, interviewed! by prepared guitar!

Can you describe a sound experience that you believe contributed to your becoming a musician?

* I grew up in the 80s and can remember a lot of music all around. I had two older siblings who were in high school in the late 80s and I can remember getting exposed to a wide variety of musical styles. While I don’t remember any one thing that made me think “I want to be a musician” I find myself to have been always interested in sound, and not just sound that is considered to be something we call music. I find that I have more sound experiences as time goes on, particularly those in nature or sounds of manmade contraptions and I always love when those two things go together, like birds singing along with an a/c window unit or something. I also definitely think that having children opened my ears up to a more chaotic outlook about sounds and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that I moved more in the avant direction once they came along.

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pan y rosas releases lanificus by reid karris!

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pan y rosas releases lanificus by reid karris!

reid karris is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound experimentalist and improviser hailing from chicago, illinois trying very hard to get all the music stuck in his head out for all the world to hear. after spending years as an odd guitarist trying to fit in with the world of rock music reid shifted his focus towards improvisation and noise. his primary instruments for doing so are prepared guitar and drum kit sent through electronics.

on reid’s newest album he continues to explore his concepts for improvisationally composed music. on lanificus he used: a prepared zither and a drum kit augmented with metal bowls and bells. the sounds were created and captured acoustically without processing. “although the sounds are audible the sound waves also exist on a physical plane which then enter into the listener and takes shape within their consciousness. it is then up to the listener to construct the album within their mind.”

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pan y rosas releases ambiens sonitus by reid karris!

Ambiens Sonitus (art)

reid karris is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound experimentalist and improviser hailing from chicago, illinois trying very hard to get all the music stuck in his head out for all the world to hear. after spending years as an odd guitarist trying to fit in with the world of rock music reid shifted his focus towards improvisation and noise. his primary instruments for doing so are prepared guitar and drum kit sent through electronics. he performs with various groups with guitar including set self on fire, hkm guitar trio and the chicago scratch orchestra. he also plays drums in the experimental duo step slow.

for his second solo album on pyr, reid spent a summer collecting field recordings which he then used as the basis for improvisations with treated percussion and prepared guitar. the sound is: mirror sounds. you are coming, going. stretch ready made. markarian birdsong. bowed waves. schumann resonance voicings skittering in a sphere of air.

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pan y rosas release new albums from karris / price and baker / ritch!

pan y rosas is beyond excited to release a series of albums that document the fifth cycle of articular facet. articular facet is a series of electro-acoustic compositions and structured improvisations. curated by julia miller, the series reflects the use of ancient, adapted, or hacked technology, invented instruments and performative objects, and the incorporation of the visual and physical into the sonic.

the fifth cycle took place over three sundays in october of 2013 and was a collaboration between pan y rosas and julia miller. the performances all took place at the empty bottle in chicago.

the second releases in the series come from karris / price duo and baker / ritch.

karris / price duo consists of reid karris and kg price. reid karris is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound experimentalist and improviser from chicago, illinois who primarily uses prepared guitar and drum kit sent through electronics. kg price is an improviser, composer, technician also based in chicago. this album is their first documentation as a duo!

baker / ritch is jim baker and sarah ritch. jim baker is an improviser who focuses on the keyboard arts – pianos, keyboards, synthesizers. sarah ritch is a composer and improviser who uses cello, electronics and guitar to explore her sound world. their new album documents the second time these two have conversed.

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further info about articular facet here and here.

pyr artists at articular facet 5.1-5.3!

pan y rosas is stoked to be teaming up with articular facet for its fifth round of shows. this time the series will unfold over three sundays in october at empty bottle chicago. in celebration of their just released or soon to be released albums, the second and third shows will feature pan y rosas artists: reid karris, avreeayl ra, jim baker, sarah ritch, and renee’ baker.

the shows will start at 3pm, cost $5 and feature two 45 minute sets.

the full schedule is:
oct. 13 3pm
ryan dunn – solo live electronics improvisation
shawn decker/mark booth (grykes) – live electronics and acoustic instruments
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oct. 20 4pm
karris/price duo – prepared guitar and drums duo. improvised noise and rhythms.
avreeayl ra dream stuff – ecstatic, sonorous vibrations
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oct. 27 3pm
jim Baker/sarah ritch – improvisation involving cello/guitar/laptop & synthesizer.
renee baker’s chicago modern orchestra project AWAKENING – renegade ensemble from the ranks of chicago modern orchestra project composer/director/violinist renee’ baker’s tour de force of comprovisations and experimental creations. continuing the radical tradition of the aacm by celebrating open-ness,transparency and engaging all senses.
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about articular facet:
articular facet is a series of electro-acoustic compositions and structured improvisations. curated by julia miller, the series reflects the use of ancient, adapted, or hacked technology, invented instruments and performative objects, and the incorporation of the visual and physical into the sonic. articular facet seeks to expand on a strong foundation in the collaborative principals of the chicago scratch orchestra.

pan y rosas release creatio ex nihilo by reid karris!

creatio_ex_nihilo

reid karris is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, sound experimentalist and improviser hailing from chicago, illinois trying very hard to get all the music stuck in his head out for all the world to hear. after spending years as an odd guitarist trying to fit in with the world of rock music reid shifted his focus towards improvisation and noise. his primary instruments for doing so are prepared guitar and drum kit sent through electronics. he performs with various groups with guitar including set self on fire, hkm guitar trio and the chicago scratch orchestra. he also plays drums in the experimental duo step slow.

his first album for pan y rosas, creatio ex nihilo, is a series of percussion improvisations that reid created using his drum kit, little instruments and a guitar. he manipulated the drums with electronics in the moment as he improvised. the sound is: sub thunder radio explosion. psyché-bell tone. pitter patter. reverse. emergent rhythm. sonar search guitar fragment in the white room.

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