Sixteen Haiku and Other Stories

Sixteen Haiku and Other Stories

by Sigmatropic
     
 

On Sixteen Haiku and Other Stories, a slate of international guests help Akis Boyatzis and Sigmatropic recast their original, Greek-language interpretations of George Seferis' poetry into English, in the process bringing the Nobel laureate's evocative work to their own varied audiences. The recording's guest list is rather…  See more details below

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On Sixteen Haiku and Other Stories, a slate of international guests help Akis Boyatzis and Sigmatropic recast their original, Greek-language interpretations of George Seferis' poetry into English, in the process bringing the Nobel laureate's evocative work to their own varied audiences. The recording's guest list is rather impressive, from an indie standpoint at least. Shoving off with no less an eccentric talent than the inimitable Robert Wyatt, Sixteen Haiku drifts soundtrack-like through 22 unnamed pieces ("Haiku Five," "Haiku Six," etc.) According to Boyatzis' liner notes, the guests involved recorded their respective vocal interpretations over Sigmatropic's existing tracks; the resulting musical threads tie together what might otherwise be a mess of tangled voices. The album percolates with electronic programming, and the grooves of what might be labeled indie electronica. Processed bits of guitar build subtle melodies over thick bass, wildly varied drum loops, faraway snatches, traditional instrumentation, and assorted blips of human laughter and muttering. Ultimately, however, Sixteen Haiku and Other Stories is about words and voices. Wyatt, Laetitia Sadier, Alejandro Escovedo, and Edith Frost dress their performances in personal nuance, but never outpace the poetry itself. (The artfully simplistic couplets are included in the accompanying booklet, along with a brief Seferis bio.) "I am raising now/A dead butterfly/With no make-up," Cat Power sings in "Haiku 10." It's brief at just over a minute. But the track's atmospheric buzz is sold by Chan Marshall's particular phrasing. This holds true throughout the album. Despite all the distinct personalities and their clever interpretations, no one piece ever really stands out. Instead, they each pour a spoonful of sparkling crystals into Sixteen Haiku and Other Stories' rejuvenating mineral spring.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/2004
Label:
Thirsty Ear
UPC:
0700435714229
catalogNumber:
57142
Rank:
172850

Tracks

  1. Introduction (On Stage 2)
  2. Haiku One
  3. Haiku Two  - Martine Roberts
  4. Haiku Three (In the Museum Garden)  - Mark Muleahy
  5. Haiku Four
  6. Haiku Five
  7. Haiku Six  - Ahis Boyatzis
  8. Haiku Seven  - Akis Boyatzis
  9. Haiku Eight  - Edith Eitzel
  10. Haiku Nine
  11. Haiku Ten
  12. Haiku Eleven
  13. Haiku Twelve (Unprofitable Boat Line)
  14. Haiku Thirteen (Sick Fury)
  15. Haiku Fourteen  - Akis Boyatzis
  16. Haiku Fourteen
  17. Haiku Fifteen
  18. Haiku Sixteen
  19. The Dead Sea (Logbook II)  - James Sclavunos
  20. Water Warm (Sketches for a Summer)
  21. This Human Body
  22. The Jasmine  - Steve Wym

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sigmatropic   Primary Artist
Lee Ranaldo   Vocals
Robert Wyatt   Vocals
Steve Wynn   Vocals
Mark Eitzel   Vocals
Alejandro Escovedo   Vocals
John Grant   Vocals
Laetitia Sadier   Vocals
Carla Torgerson   Vocals
Howe Gelb   Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Edith Frost   Vocals
Pinkie Maclure   Vocals
Cat Power   Vocals
Coti K.   scratching,Rhythm
Simon Joyner   Vocals
Mark Mulcahy   Vocals
James William Hindle   Vocals
Solis Barkis   Percussion,Loops
Kriton Beyer   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Stick
Akis Boyatzis   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Vocals,fender rhodes
Yorgos Kitsios   Violin,Viola
Antonis Livieratos   Electric Guitar,fender rhodes,Distortion

Technical Credits

CHR. Hadjistamou   Mastering
Carla Torgerson   Translation Assistant
Coti K.   Sound Treatment
Casey Stratton   Composer
Matt Dornan   Graphic Design
Akis Boyatzis   Composer,Programming,Producer,Liner Notes
Antonis Livieratos   Composer,Programming,Producer

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