Last Kind Words
The Resonantmusic Label is pleased to announce it's 3rd CD, LAST KIND WORDS by Radio I-Ching. The Trio is comprised of Andy Haas on curved soprano saxophone, fife, raita, morsing and electronic, Don Fiorino on guitar, banjo, lotar and lap steel and Dee Pop on drums, percussion and things that go boom in the night. They draw influences from a wide variety of sources including Duke Ellington, Dr. John, Othar Turner, spirituals, Prince Lasha, The Bad Brains, exotica, rembetica and turn it into a singular vision that is as much jazz as it is Americana, blues, and world. Flip the dial: it's all one music being played on the Radio I-Ching. THE INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS: Andy Haas began improvising when he took up the saxophone in the mid 1970s, before joining the Canadian New Wave band Martha and the Muffins with whom he recorded 3 LPs for Virgin Records. After moving to New York City, he became active in the downtown scene, playing and recording (with John Zorn, Marc Ribot, Fred Frith, Ikue Mori, Zeena Parkins, Cyro Baptista, Haino Keiji, God is My Co-Pilot, among others). Arnhem Land, his CD of didjeridu duets, was released by the Japanese Avant label in 1997. Death Don't Have No Mercy, the duo CD with Don Fiorino, was released by Resonantmusic in 2005. Don Fiorino's path to improvisation started with rock & roll, through acoustic bottleneck and electric slide blues, Middle Eastern and Indian fusions, and jazz. He plays a variety of instruments, including guitar, banjo, lap steel and Morrocan lotar. Don is an accomplished painter, and his approach to improvising is much the same as his painting, integrating varied traditions into his own signature. He has performed widely in New York City, both above and below ground. In addition to performing as duo with Andy Haas, he is also a member of the trio, Radio I-Ching with Haas and Dee Pop as well as the Hanuman Sextet. Dee Pop gained fame in underground circles for his work with seminal no wave act The Bush Tetras, which, with songs like "Too Many Creeps" and "Can't Be Funky," pioneered the marriage of dance rhythms and dissonant rock-guitar copied by recent hipster faves like !!! and LCD Soundsystem. He has also performed/recorded with the Clash, The Gun Club, The Shams, Richard Lloyd, Eddie Gale, Mike Karoli, Freedomland and many many more. These days in addition to Radio I-Ching and occasional reunions with The Bush Tetras, Pop curates the "Freestyle Jazz/Avant Garde Musics/Deformed Blues" series once at CBGB's and now at Jimmy's in the LES OF NYC. SOME REVIEWS AND COMMENTS: I listened to the CD a little over a week ago and I enjoyed it. It's a strange brew of sounds and textures that soothe but also made me itchy and scratchy! - Nona Hendryx, Singer & Producer RADIO I-CHING [ANDY HAAS/DON FIORINO/DEE POP] - Last Kind Words (Resonant 02; USA) Featuring Andy Haas on curved soprano and alto saxes, fife, morsing & live electronics, Don Fiorino on guitar, lap steel, banjo & lotar and Dee Pop on drums & percussion. This is the debut disc by local faves, Radio I-Ching, good friends of all of us here at DMG and who rehearse below us every Sunday. What makes them unique is the way they take traditional tunes and standards are turn them inside-out. They begin with 'Let My People Go' and do a charming, laid back version. For 'Brother Can You Spare a Dime?', Andy's sax is bathed in dreamy echoes, with delicate banjo and brushes providing a ghost-like haze around him. 'Fife & Drum' has a somewhat funky yet bent groove with some fine fife, an ancient flute-like instrument. I can see folks dancing to this ditty as the Civil War comes to an end. Jubilant and mildly psychedelic. The title track is a sort of blues with Don playing some strange, distorted string thing and Andy twisting his notes in a most unusual way. 'Machine Gun Blues' is a swell, free piece in which each player shines as they weave their notes around one another yet remain connected on a more subliminal level. I dig the way they deconstruct 'Battle Hymn of the Republic' and have several layers floating at the same time. Dr. John's classic voodoo gem, 'Walk on Guilded Splinters' is one on my favorite songs of all and here gets a particularly warped version. Andy's mutated flute echoes, Don's slow-motion slide guitar and ee's skeletal drums add a mysterious aura to this piece. 'Morsing Code' is a bizarre uptempo for high-speed alien plucking Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter) I got the CD and just finished listening to it - very nice. The old time tunes (esp. Battle hymn of the republic) reminded me of Albert Ayler's "Love Cry" and David Murray's "Sprituals" - great stuff that takes a loose open improv feel while hewing close to a strong, traditional melody. Gave me a good feeling. - David Rogers, Partner, Co-Founder | Jumbie Records Artist Management, Composer, Bandleader | Imaginary Homeland + David Rogers Quintet.