George Koller | Music for Plants, Animals and Humans

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Music for Plants, Animals and Humans

by George Koller

alternative east-west mix of jazz and freestyle solos, textured and intimate
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Unlandscape
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2. Separate Path
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3. Wild Carrots
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4. Sweetgrass
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5. Purified Relations
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6. Compassion Blues
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7. In the Moment
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8. Sunlight Rain
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
in 1994 HMV Canada created a national music competition.
The "HMV Fresh Blood Grand Prize" was awarded to this recording.
I submitted it at the last moment on a cassette entitled "sunlight rain".

Packaging, promotion, and distribution across HMV Canada was part of the prize.
It was a beautiful moment for me, and a surprising one...as much of the music is
textural, free without rules....I was honoured that the judges would allow the envelope to be pushed that far.

I settled on the title "Music For Plants, Animals and Humans" for a few reasons.
There was a beautiful Iguana in my friend's apartment that would rush to the speakers and settle there
whenever these early mixes were played...so I remembered that.
Then I realized that much of this music is inspired by natural plant life and jungles and vibrations beyond human form preferences. And finally I realized that we as humans must care for the plants and animals on earth, or we perish. Hence the
sequence in the title.

1) unlandscape 3:11 tamboura, violin, mbira
dedicated to Chin-Shek Lam, my friend and mentor, whose life and art were his masterpieces. He would often call
his Taoist colorfields "unlandscapes"

2) separate path 2:30 bass, voice
when alone with my bass, this is my musical path- I love abstraction and organic change

3) wild carrots 4:11 cello multitrack
wild, tasty and full of life...what might they sound like?

4) sweetgrass 1:59 piano, voice
a blend of classical upright piano and primal vocals

5) purified relations 7:58 dilruba
a prayer song to invoke healing between human beings

6) compassion blues 3:49 voice, cello
originally written for the M-do dance company's production ' 9 Women'
to convey the emotion of compassion-sadness

7) in the moment 3:00 voice, piano
freeform composition--I dedicate this piece to Fred Stone and
the path of creative music

8) sunlight rain 15:45 sitar, voice
my search for the atmosphere of purification and clarity, as in the sunlit rain shower.
In the middle of this piece is a musical quotation from the repertoire of Pandit Chandrakant Kapileshwari. to whom
I owe much gratitude for starting my path towards Indian Classical Music and the east/west experimental streams of sound

cellular music divide and grow
death and life happening
simultaneously plants, animals and
humans have cells and I think
sound affects their growth I try to
maintain a sense of fluidity with
not too many hard edges soft edges
with porous membranes that
breathe not overly fixed by any rule
system meaning each
piece bends to it's own rules
a sense of nature's play or
nature's way is my goal to emulate
the way of nature in music and
silence

All Compositions and performance by George Koller c Socan 94
Small Wood Big Fire publishing
recorded at the gas station studios 1993 by Don Kerr

mastered at number 9 studios by Nick Blagona
design/art direction: Stephen Jurisic
cover photo: Peter Oki
makeup artist: Julia Valente
ZSAN records 1001
(zenith of science, art and nature)

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