Riverfront Times article on Kvist006

May 5th, 2010

From the RFT:

Kvist Records unearths Tom Hamilton’s long-forgotten electronic magnum opus

For all of the ways artists such as Kraftwerk and Devo increased awareness of the synthesizer, they may have done the instrument an injustice. These progenitors portrayed synth music as impersonal and robotic, all head and no heart. But in the hands of Tom Hamilton, the synthesizer is not a cold, dead instrument. The avant-garde composer utilizes the endless sonic possibilities of oscillators and filters to channel the unbridled human expression of a A Love Supreme-era John Coltrane or free-jazz saxophone expressionist Eric Dolphy.

Read more here.

Tom Hamilton interview

April 23rd, 2010

Spearmint Music has posted an interview with Tom Hamilton. Read it here.

SEPARATE CHECKS – Tom Hamilton – Saturday, May 8, St Louis MO

April 13th, 2010

Saturday, May 8, 2010 – 7:30 pm
Kranzberg Arts Center
501 N. Grand
$15 regular admission, $7 for students/artists with a valid ID

Separate Checks is a new work by composer/performer Tom Hamilton that combines electronic sound with acoustic performers. Hamilton continues the direction started in his CAMA event last season by directing a stream of improvising musicians to create a confluence of changing sonic ideas and moods in the midst of his sonic environment.

Bassist Zimbabwe Nkenya, percussionist/electronic musician Rich O’Donnell, and reed player Dave Stone will join Hamilton in the spontaneous creation of Separate Checks.

Hamilton’s work with electronic music originated in the late-60s era of analog synthesis. He often explores the interaction of many simultaneous layers of activity, prompting the use of “present-time listening” on the part of both performer and listener. Hamilton was a 2005 Fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, has worked on more than 60 recordings, including 12 CDs of his own music, and is a longtime member of composer Robert Ashley’s touring opera ensemble.

More info can be found here.

KVIST 006 – Tom Hamilton “Pieces for Kohn/Formal & Informal Music” out now!

April 3rd, 2010

Kvist006 - Tom Hamilton - Pieces for Kohn/Formal & Informal Music

Kvist 006 – Pieces for Kohn/Formal & Informal Music by Tom Hamilton is out now on 2 x CD format and available for purchase on the release page.

About Pieces for Kohn/Formal and Informal Music:

Reissue of 2 out-of-print works originally released on the artist’s own Somnath label. Formal and Informal Music contains the title piece Formal and Informal Music (1980), and Crimson Sterling (1973) for electronics, winds and percussion, and also features JD Parran, woodwinds and saxes, and Rich O’Donnell, percussion. Pieces for Kohn is comprised of four electronic pieces, musical responses to four paintings by artist Bill Kohn.

About Tom Hamilton:

TOM HAMILTON has been composing and performing for over 40 years, and his work with electronic music originated in the late-60s era of analog synthesis. Hamilton often explores the interaction of many simultaneous layers of activity, prompting the use of “present-time listening” on the part of both performer and listener.

Hamilton was a 2005 Fellow of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, and he participated in a residency at the foundation’s center in Umbria. His CD London Fix received an honorary mention in the 2004 Prix Ars Electronica. His performing and recording colleagues have included Peter Zummo, Bruce Gremo, Karlheinz Essl, Bruce Arnold, Rich O’Donnell, Jonathan Haas, Jacqueline Martelle, Al Margolis, Steve Nelson-Raney, Hal Rammel, Christopher Burns, Thomas Gaudynski, Rick Aaron, Thomas Buckner, David Soldier, Bruce Eisenbeil, Richard Lerman, and Lisle Ellis. He has been a collaborator with visual artists, including Fred Worden (filmmaker), Van McElwee and Morey Gers (video artists), and the late Ernst Haas (photographer).

An active participant in New York’s new music scene, Hamilton was the co-director of the 2004 Sounds Like Now festival, and he has co-produced the Cooler in the Shade/Warmer by the Stove new music series since 1993. He is a longtime member of composer Robert Ashley’s touring opera ensemble. His audio production can be found in over 50 CD releases of new and experimental music, including recordings by Muhal Richard Abrams, David Behrman, Thomas Buckner, Bernard Hoffer, Alvin Lucier, Roscoe Mitchell, Phill Niblock, and “Blue” Gene Tyranny.

Tom Hamilton’s sound installations have been presented in New York at Diapason, Studio Five Beekman, the 479 Gallery and Experimental Intermedia, and elsewhere at CCNOA (Brussels) The St. Louis Art Museum, CalArts (Valencia, CA), the Sound Symposium festival (St. John’s NF), Woodland Pattern Book Center (Milwaukee) and the Subtropics festival (Miami).

Recordings include:
Local Customs (Mutable)
Shadow Machine (Pogus)
Intersections (Muse-Eek)
Disklaimer (Muse-Eek)

London Fix (Muse-Eek)
Analogue Smoque (Pogus)
Jump The Circle, Jump the Line (Mutable)
Slybersonic Tromosome (Penumbra)
Sebastian’s Shadow (Monroe Street Music)
Off-Hour Wait State (O.O.)
Act of Finding (O.O.)

DRONNING MAUD LAND – John Tamm-Buckle – Saturday March 13th, St Louis, MO

March 2nd, 2010


Saturday, March 13, 2010 – 7:30 pm
Kranzberg Arts Center
501 N. Grand

John Tamm-Buckle will be performing a piece, Dronning Maud Land, for the The New Music Circle. Read more about it here.

Guillaume Gargaud live improvisation video

December 6th, 2009

Guillaume Gargaud improvisation with guitar & laptop in three parts.

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Kvist 005 – Out Now!

November 19th, 2009
Kvist005 - Guillaume Gargaud - Here

Kvist005 - Guillaume Gargaud - Here

Kvist 005 – Here by improvisational guitarist Guillaume Gargaud is out now! Go to the release page to place an order. Reviews forthcoming.

Kvist 003 – EU customer info!

September 7th, 2009

EU customers will be able to order Kvist 003 – EODUntitled at a more EU-friendly shipping rate soon. A batch has been shipped to Kvist UK headquarters and should be there by the end of this week (ending Friday Sept. 11th) while EU distro issues are being sorted.


Records are in the UK now. Records are £6.50 and postage within the EU is £2.00, pay via paypal. For multiple copies, contact Kvist for correct pricing. For single copies click the button below:

Kvist 003 records have arrived!

August 14th, 2009
KVIST 003: Untitled

KVIST 003: Untitled

Kvist 003 – EODUntitled records have finally arrived at the Kvist offices and are available for purchase through the Kvist website. Reviews forthcoming.

San Francisco Bay Guardian feature on JD Emmanuel

August 11th, 2009

The San Francisco Bay Guardian has written a feature entitled Lords of Drift and Discovery. From the article:

“Now, in August 2009, adventurous listeners can bask in the slo-mo beauty and consistent warmth of Solid Dawn: Electronic Works 1979-1982 (Kvist), a collection of Emmanuel tracks accompanied by gorgeous sunrise and sunset photos, another one of his specialties. Over the course of a few decades, customer service workshop gigs kept Emmanuel on the road and in the air — he estimates he has logged 1.5 million miles. “If I was seated by a window, I’d take out my camera and see if I could find something fun,” he says, with characteristic lack of pretense. “I was very fortunate to see a lot of beautiful things from six, seven, (laughs) eight miles high.”

And we are fortunate that he took pictures, and even more lucky that he’s created the sonic equivalent of natural wonders — songs like Solid Dawn’s “Sunrise Over Galveston Bay,” a water-swept and windblown chime dream that makes reference to Emmanuel’s childhood surroundings in its title. Personal and universal wonder is at the core of Emmenuel’s meditative outlook. “For whatever reason, when I was a little kid, around eight or nine, I discovered how fun it was to put myself into an altered or dream state,” he remembers. “I would go into my grandmother’s bedroom, close the curtains to make the room as dark as possible, turn on the air conditioner and just lay down. I’d take these one hour naps … ”