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Portholes

by Anka Draugelates & Cheryl E. Leonard

Snow storms, haunted ships, fire rituals, subterranean corridors, thermal updrafts, tide pools and ancient forests. Traditional instruments and voices from natural objects are combined in portraits of curious atmospheres.
Genre: Avant Garde: Experimental
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1. Erdbahnhof
Anka Draugelates & Cheryl E. Leonard
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2. Hoar Frost
Anka Draugelates & Cheryl E. Leonard
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3. Under Giant Trees
Anka Draugelates & Cheryl E. Leonard
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4. Verstillt
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5. Tidepool
Anka Draugelates & Cheryl E. Leonard
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6. Burnt Procession
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7. Doppelhelix
Anka Draugelates & Cheryl E. Leonard
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8. Vanishing Ship
Anka Draugelates & Cheryl E. Leonard
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9. Tor Des Meeres
Anka Draugelates & Cheryl E. Leonard
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
PORTHOLES is a collection of musical improvisations and compositions created by German vocalist/improviser Anka Draugelates and American composer/instrument-builder Cheryl E. Leonard. The album was recorded during a winter residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, California in January 2010. Voice, viola, piano and flute mix with sounds from stones, water, wood, shells, pinecones, metal and glass in music that explores sonic nuances and evokes unique landscapes and ambiances.

Anka Draugelates is an improvisational voice artist and musician who is based in Regensburg, Germany. She composes and performs
both experimental and classical music. She also teaches workshops on voice and movement. Anka enjoys collaborating and has worked
extensively with diverse artists including filmmakers, visual artists, dancers and musicians. She performs and records regularly with Duo
Extrakt, Traummusik, Space Between, Caedmon Ensemble and Capacitor. Anka has been awarded residencies at Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, and received the Helen L. Bing Fellowship in 2009.

Cheryl E. Leonard is a San Francisco-based composer, performer and instrument-builder. Her recent projects investigate sounds,
structures and objects from the natural world. Many of her works cultivate stones, wood, water, ice, sand, shells, feathers and bones as
musical instruments. She has also composed numerous soundtracks for film, video, dance and theater, and created sounds for museum
exhibits. Cheryl has received grants from the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program, ASCAP, American
Music Center, American Composers Forum and Meet the Composer. Her commissions include works for Kronos Quartet, Illuminated
Corridor and Michael Straus. She has been awarded residencies at Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus, Djerassi, the Arctic Circle, Villa Montalvo and Engine 27.


PORTHOLES TRACK INFO

1. Erdbahnhof
A: rocks and tree branches on wood boards, pine needles on redwood log, viola, voice
C: rocks and tree branches on wood boards, pine needles in bowl of dirt, viola

2. Hoar Frost
A: inside of piano, shell mobile
C: inside of piano, limpet shells, kelp flute

3. Under Giant Trees
A: dripping water, leaves, zumbador, voice, shells
C: dripping water, leaves, slide whistle, stones

4. Verstillt
A: prepared viola, inhaling voice
C: prepared viola, kelp flutes

5. Tidepool
A: voice and breath underwater
C: dripping water, blowing bubbles, wobbling rock, marsh reeds, plastic tube, voice
Cliff Neighbors: voice
water dripping from the roof

6. Burnt Procession
A: voice, metal clamp and disk, staples, nails, wood kindling
C: metal table, necklace, giant nail
wood-burning stove

7. Doppelhelix
A: voice
C: kelp flute, wine bottles

8. Vanishing Ship
A: sruti box, viola, leather chair, bottles, voice
C: shakuhachi, viola, driftwood pipe organ, leather chair, bottles, voice

9. Tor des Meeres
A: voice, underwater voice, tiny pinecone
C: marsh reeds, tiny pinecone, bottles


ALBUM CREDITS
Recorded January 19-29, 2010 at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, California, USA
Engineered and mixed by Cheryl E. Leonard
Mastered by Myles Boisin at Headless Buddha Lab
Artwork by Hanna Sachau
Photos by Cheryl E. Leonard, Hanna Sachau, Michael Scheiner
Special thanks to the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Dennis O‘Leary, and Cliff Neighbors.

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