May 182013
 
Zoharum presents new album:
VULTURES QUARTET & SCHUYLER TSUDA  – Sui Generis // ZOHAR 045-2
This recording is the result of a collaboration between Vultures Quartet and Schuyler Tsuda as requested by the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis following the Vultures Quartet performance at the 2010 Spark Festival of new music. The recording was funded by the university and provided the performers with some unique on-site instrumentation, including access to a collection of vintage analogue synthesizers, various orchestral instruments, and a bursary to purchase scrap metal to make new instruments. The group recorded over four hours of material in the University of Minnesota’s Music Department studios. This release is taken from those recordings, as selected and mixed by band member Anthony Donovan.
The collaboration between the musicians came about through a long time friendship between Schuyler Tsuda and Will Connor, who met in 2003 whilst studying music at the University of Hawai`i at Manoa. In the following years, Tsuda went on to work with Vultures Quartet members live in Germany and The Netherlands as well as submitting tracks to Anthony Donovan’s periodic release of new music, Classwar Karaoke. This recording marks the first the group played together as a full quartet. The CD was entitled Sui Generis, which is Latin for “of its own kind” to reflect this new group with unique characteristics. Limited edition,
packaged in 3panel digipack
Recorded by Schuyler Tsuda at University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, October 2011
Mixed by Anthony Donovan at Cafe Abdab, Northampton, England, November 2012 – February 2013
Mastered at Formless Spawn Studios, London by Will Connor, March 2013. Graphic: Marcin Owczarek
Release date: 18.05.2013
About the band:
VULTURES QUARTET is an improvising and new music group based in London, England; consisting of core members Matt Chilton, Will Connor and Anthony Donovan, operating a revolving fourth member policy, with different collaborators for different projects, in both live and studio settings, including artists such as Steve Beresford, Damo Suzuki, Ernesto Tomasini, Sandeep Mishra and Jo Quail. The group mixes electro-acoustic, dark ambient, free jazz and industrial styles, utilizing conventional instruments played unconventionally, open-source software, found objects and homemade instruments and electronics. Beginning as mainstays of the London improv scene in late 2008, Vultures Quartet has by now performed across Britain, America and Europe, presenting improvised sets and works by composers such as Daniel Morse and John Zorn, supporting the likes of Fred Frith, Faust, Nurse With Wound, John Butcher, Adam Bohman, Furt, Phil Waschmann and Seb Roachford, with releases on SubRosa, Zos Kia Sounds Recordings, and Born in Mind, and forthcoming releases with Tzadik, plus appearances on numerous compilations.
Musicians and instrumentation:
Schuyler Tsuda – sound sculptures
Anthony Dovonvan – live electronics, bass, balloon
Matt Chilton – laptop
Will Connor – percussion, metal, junk
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