New surreal, ambient-orchestral concept album “BARDO” is now available for Pre-Order on iTunes!
With free streaming and the degradation of recording budgets, it has become much more difficult to produce detailed recordings featuring so many great artists. Our Silent Canvas believes the best way to contribute as fans and music-lovers is to support the artists who still believe that studio recording is a valid and serious art form. Please consider pre-ordering this album and sharing the news with your friends, supporting Christopher Bono, the non-profit label Our Silent Canvas, and all the great artists who contributed to this remarkable project. With your help, Our Silent Canvas will continue to bring captivating work to you in the near future.
“After working on this project for three years, I am elated to share it now with the world. It’s been quite an amazing and unique journey, and you’ll be hearing and seeing more about the details soon. This album was an engineering feat, and featured some of the world’s greatest musicians (47 of them!) It was produced by myself, with the orchestral sessions produced by Grammy award winning and classical music legend, Adam Abeshouse. It features the playing of members of the Czech Philharmonic and Prague Philharmonic Orchestras conducted by the phenomenal young conductor Teddy Abrams. The lovely and incredibly talented singer and composer, Bora Yoon shares her ethereal vocals as one of the ‘Voices of the Bardos’; and one of the world’s greatest percussionists, Javier Diaz, played numerous Orchestral and ambient percussion instruments over four intense days of tracking at Our Silent Canvas’ studio in Woodstock, NY. I composed the work, and contributed guitar, vocals, ambient instruments, electronics and co-mixed it with my dear friend, multi-grammy award winning engineer, Silas Brown. The album also is accompanied by the incredible artwork of my brilliant friend DZO Olivier, whom I worked with previously on the 2013 choral works. The iTunes version is accompanied by liner notes featuring six of Olivier’s images offering an illustrated story of the Bardo Epic along a detailed description of the narrative.”
~Christopher Bono, composer/multi-instrumentalist
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Our Silent Canvas is very excited to share the world premiere of Tobias Stretch’s incredible video for Christopher Bono’s choral work “Unity”.
Click here to view the article and the video!
Nous aims to build communal musical relationships that collectively work to find new ways of creating art. Each installment will center around a different focal concept, and the project will feature a fluctuating group of artists. As founder Christopher Bono explains, “Nous aspires to bypass the lower level thought patterns of the egotistical mind and encourages the connection of those involved to reach a higher level of consciousness, providing a creative space where intuitive, unexpected, and unexplained results can occur.”
The name Nous was chosen for its double meaning. Nous means “we” or “us” in French; however, within the philosophical tradition it is sometimes equated to intellect or intelligence, and is used to describe the faculty of the human mind which is described in classical philosophy as necessary for understanding what is true or real, similar to intuition. In the Eastern tradition, the sanskrit equivalent is Buddhi, which denotes an aspect of mind that is higher than the rational mind and that is attracted to Brahman (“Truth” or “Reality”).
The impulse for the Nous project came after Christopher Bono finished his latest full-length orchestral work, Bardo, to be released in 2014. After spending two years working on the score and the studio recording of Bardo, Bono was driven to experience and investigate new and completely different approaches to musical creation.
First Public Performances in Hudson & Brooklyn
Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 8pm
(7pm doors & ambient pre-show)
Basilica Hudson | 110 S. Front Street, Hudson, NY
Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door
at 518.822.1050 or www.basilicahudson.com
About the Nous Dreamland Recording Studio Sessions and Approach:
While in the calm, wintry, forest solitude of Dreamland Recording Studio and in line with the definition of Nous, each day the artists will apply meditative techniques taking them further away from everyday, habitual mind states in order to provide an opportunity for a higher intuition to expand. During the three or four studio sessions per day, the approach will cycle between indeterminate and free improvisation, guided conceptual visualizations/esoteric graphics, meditations from different philosophical or esoteric traditions, mantric, chant, poetry and language experiments, and concepts derived solely from general musical or movement related guidelines. Many of the specifically musical ideas may be guided by certain tonal areas, interval restrictions, and modular rhythmic or melodic fragments.
Though most of the artists know each other, they have never played together as a group and so the style of music that will result is difficult to predict. However, the influences for the project are drawn from elements of Post-Rock, Minimalism, Indeterminacy, World, Kraut-Rock, Psychedelic/Experimental Rock, Neo-Shamanism, Noise, Ambient, Drone, Folk Chant, and Free Jazz. (Within the widely varied careers of the various musicians, there is at least one connection to each of these genres.)
The public performances on February 1 at Basilica Hudson and on February 2 at the exciting new Brooklyn venue Baby’s All Right will be shaped by the results of these studio sessions. The group hopes to give the audience an immersive experience – audience members are encouraged to participate through their own expressions of movement and sound in order to engage with the performance more viscerally.
About the Musicians:
Nous band members:
~Christopher Bono (Composer, Ghost Against Ghost) www.christopherbono.com
~Thor Harris (Swans, Angels of Light, Amanda Palmer, Shearwater)
~Grey Mcmurray (itsnotyouitsme, So Percussion, Tyondai Braxton)
~Clarice Jensen (Cello, ACME: American Contemporary Music Ensemble, yMusic, Ra Ra Riot) www.claricejensen.com
~Caleb Burhans (Composer, itsnotyouitsme, ACME) www.calebburhans.com
~Laura Lutzke (Violin, ACME)
~Alex Sopp (Flutes, ACME, yMusic)
~Laraaji & Arji (Zither, Ambient Sounds)
~Akil Davis and Loud Sol Productions