Breath of Fire (KLP176)

by Arrington de Dionyso

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Arrington de Dionyso is an energy conduit, driving through the territories held between surrealist automatism, shamanic séance, and the folk imagery of rock and roll. Breath of Fire is Arrington's first true solo album, and its sounds are hysterical, intellectual, magical, hilarious, sad, ecstatic and beautiful.

While Arrington's work with Old Time Relijun has brought much in the way of both critical praise and notoriety for ecstatic-rock deconstructions and a frenzied performance on the edge of possession, Breath of Fire is a very different sort of beast. Recorded on Christmas Day in a nameless town in Southern Italy, the album uses voice, bass clarinet, and jaw harps to invoke the spirits in a mind-bending ritual of technical mastery and emotional freedom. Like field recordings from a lost continent, these short pieces conspire to present a completely mysterious sound universe, unlike anything you may have heard before. To be sure this voyage is not without its reference points- fans of Old Time Relijun's live performances have longtime been aware of Arrington's multiphonic vocal research, unearthing the missing links between Tuvan throat-singing and free improvisation. In Breath of Fire, this research is presented in its purest form- spontaneously, without overdubs or processing of any kind; an ethnography of intergalactic avant-primitive folk music, a dream diary without words, that enwraps in resonant sound.

Old Time Relijun has released seven albums since 1995, building an ever-fanatic cult following in the USA, Canada, and Europe. Arrington de Dionyso tours constantly throughout the USA, Europe, and Israel giving performances and workshops on the voice in free improvised music

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released January 1, 2006

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Arrington de Dionyso Olympia, Washington

Arrington de Dionyso conjures Utopic Spaces with multiphonic vocal work & minimalist instrumentation. It's shamanic seance meets rock and roll ecstasy; “TRANCE PUNK” combining traditional ritual trance, electrified experimental approaches, dancehall rhythms, gamelan scales and mystically inspired Indonesian incantations. Shocking and hallucinatory, MALAIKAT DAN SINGA always aims to channel Spirit. ... more

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