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This recording documents Finnish folk singer Anna-Kaisa Liedes’ 2010 encounter with another strong lady, the New-York-based jazz and avant-garde violinist Wendy Ultan. The music included here was recorded in studio while the two ladies, complemented by multi-instrumentalist Erkki Huovinen, were preparing for their first concerts in the US in the fall of 2010. The music presents a direct emotional expressiveness and a breadth of moods from the delicate and fragile to the raw and furious, revealing a sense of enthusiasm for the immediate connection bridged between the improvisers’ different musical languages.
Liedes–Ultan–Huovinen: IceBreath HBPCD-003
1. Noh! 5:07
2. Prrtah 10:40
3. Songbird City 4:28
4. rrRabBit 5:33
5. Ms. Davis 2:57
6. Ice As It Is 8:31
7. The Black Churches 2:44
8. Jäälautta 4:47
9. My Seventh Seal 4:58
Total playing time 49:45
Anna-Kaisa Liedes: vocals, kantele
Wendy Ultan: violin, viola, electronics
Erkki Huovinen: guitar, chromatic harmonica, alto clarinet, organ pedal
Recorded at the University of Minnesota Electronic Music Studio, Nov. 1–3, 2010.