Created and performed by Jil Guyon
Original Score: Chris Becker
Guitar: Dan Sumner
Mastered by Doug Henderson Cinematography: Valerie Barnes
|Chris Becker and Misha Penton (Photo by Dave Nickerson)|
I have to thank soprano and multi-disciplinary artist Misha Penton for introducing me to the experimental writing of the 19th century French poet Stéphane Mallarmé. After hearing an ominous, ambient track I created out of a recording I made of toads and insects croaking and chattering away after a Houston rainstorm, Misha offered to record herself improvising over the piece, and chose for the text an excerpt from Mallarmé’s “Le Phénomène futur.” Not only did Misha record two wildly different and dramatic vocal performances, she also recited Mallarmé’s verse in French. We continued our collaration with two more poems by Mallarmé, "Summer Sadness" and "Renewal," and I invited a few musician friends from across the U.S. to contribute instrumental performances to complement our readings.
This album was conceived of as a suite, so ideally, the listener will take time to listen to each track in order, just as if she or he were reading a story or poem, or watching a short film.
Listen to and download Mallarmé on Bandcamp.
Music recorded by Chris Becker except:
Misha’s Vocals (Summer Sadness, The Future Phenomenon, Renewal) recorded by Misha Penton
Electric Guitar (Summer Sadness) recorded by Lynn Wright
Classical Guitar (Renewal) recorded by Dan Sumner
Percussion (Renewal) recorded by Breeze Smith and Tony Green
Edited, Mixed, and Produced by Chris Becker
Mastered by Doug Henderson