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Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« on: February 18, 2010, 11:14:25 AM »
Very excited to see this news from Robert Rich. A new album and tour dates:

- New Solo CD: Ylang

Robert Rich's first solo studio album in almost three years,
Now available directly from us at http://robertrich.com

The title comes from ylang ylang, a flowering tree that grows
in South Asia, with a mysterious fragrance that embodies
elements of shadow and light, eros and gnosis, earth and sky.

Ylang pushes the boundaries of Robert's melodic world-fusion
vocabulary, such as on Seven Veils or Propagation.

Ylang blends Rich's expressive steel guitar, shimmering organic
electronics and yearning flute melodies with influences as
diverse as south Indian Karnatic music, pulsing minimalism
and pensive jazz; while its deconstructed drums and blurry
guitar feedback might feel at home with Sigur Ros or Bark
Psychosis.

Rich enlists help for this undertaking from a circle of trusted
musician friends. The rhythmic scaffolding for the album comes
from two very different drummers. Ricky Carter adds his
intelligent sparse drumming, fluid with syncopation but complex
in meter. These rhythms could be a slow tempo homage to Jaki
Leibzeit from Can. Post-processing transforms them into rubbery
chuffing abstractions. The other rhythmic foundation comes from
the Karnatic mrdungam playing of Sakthivel Muruganandhan, which
also wanders into Rich''s sonic blender, shifting from time-
stretched blurs into organic live duets with bansuri master
Sunilkumar Sankarapillai.

Lilting in and out of this heady atmosphere of South Indian
music and minimalist space jazz, the wordless voice of art-pop
virtuoso Emily Bezar adds a feminine intelligence to several
pieces, and subtle melodic guitar additions from Haroun Serang
augment Rich's soaring lap steel feedback. With acoustic bass
from Paul Olguin and string additions from Forrest Fang and
Hans Christian, the sonic texture warms to a glowing woody
earthiness. Rich's audiophile production and delicate sound
design glue the textures together into a seductive and inviting
mossy nest. From these disparate elements, Ylang forms a sonic
entity unto itself.

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- 2010 North America Tour

A tour is taking shape for late springtime. Below are the dates
so far. These should become more certain in the following weeks.
Check http://robertrich.com for updates.


Sunday April 25
    Toronto, ONT Canada
    St. George the Martyr Church
    197 John Street, Toronto, ONT, M5T 1X6

Saturday, May 1
    Philadelphia, PA
    The Gatherings
    St. Mary's Hamilton Village, 3916 Locust Walk.
    Details at:  http://www.thegatherings.org

Tuesday May 4
    Hartford CT
    University of Hartford, Wilde Auditorium

Friday May 7
    Burlington Vermont
    Flynn Space, 8:00 PM, $28 ($20 students)
    Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
    153 Main Street, Burlington VT 05401
    Box Office: 802-863-5966, www.flynntix.org

Saturday May 8
    Sherbrooke QUE
    Plymouth-Trinity United Church
    380, Dufferin Street
    Info: Erich Langlois <erich_langlois@hotmail.com>

Saturday May 15
    Woodcliff Lake, NJ - One Thousand Pulses house concert
    www.onethousandpulses.com

Tuesday May 18 (awaiting confirmation)
    Chicago Cultural Center
    78 E. Washington St., Chicago IL 60602

Friday May 21 (TBA)
    Louisville KY - University of Louisville

Sunday May 23 (TBA)
    Memphis, TN - University of Memphis?

Friday May 28
    Kansas City MO
    Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station
    30 West Pershing Rd, Kansas City, MO. 64108

Saturday May 29 (TBA)
    Des Moines IA

Friday June 4 (TBA)
    Santa Fe NM
   
Sunday June 6
    Tucson AZ
    Solar Culture, $10
    31 East Toole Avenue
    Tucson, AZ 85701
    (520) 884-0874

Saturday June 12
    San Jose, CA
    CET Soto Theater
    701 Vine Street
    San Jose, CA 95110

Saturday June 19
    Pomona, CA
    DA Gallery. free admission
    252-D South Main Street, Pomona CA 91766

Thursday June 24
    Portland, OR
    The Clinton Street Theater
    2522 SE Clinton St.
    Portland, OR 97202
    Events Phone: 503.238.8899
    Message/Contact Phone: 503.238.5588

Friday June 25
    Portland, OR
    Sleep Concert - limited audience

Sunday June 27 (TBA)
    Seattle, WA



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Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2010, 11:45:10 AM »
I am so happy Robert is coming to the Northwest. It will be monumental to see him live after being a fan for so long. I am hoping to catch all the dates in Portland and Seattle. It would be excellent to meet up with any forum members at this time as well.

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Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2010, 01:37:07 PM »
I checked out the 3 songs that he posted.  It does remind me of the comparison given of Seven Veils, one of his albums I think was underrated.  I used to rock 'Veils so much back in '99 on the road trip to Yellowstone and throughout the park when I worked there for a season.  This new album has a lot more contributions from others though, and it does sound considerably softer around the edges, like the flower from which the title comes.  Too bad he's not coming to Denver, but Santa Fe is worth visiting anyway...

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Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2010, 01:57:56 PM »
I have to admit that Seven Veils was one of the few Rich CDs I never took a shine to.  But it's also been a long time since I've heard it, so perhaps I'd feel totally different about it today.

The new disc sounds really excellent from the tracks on his site.  I'll definitely be picking it up at his show in NJ.  Hard to believe the last time I saw him live was when Bestiary came out (awesome show, too).  Nice to see him back with new solo work.

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Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2010, 02:07:53 PM »
Funny I think 7 Veils is probably his greatest achievement and probably his "Sgt. Peppers" if you will. I knew a lot of folks at the time who felt the same way. It was also sonically a cd which many hi-fi stores would use as a test CD.

I am very excited about this new release!
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Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2010, 02:28:49 PM »
Like everything else, it's just a matter of taste, I guess.  The one I like the best is Trances / DronesI don't think there's another ambient piece anywhere as immersive and mysterious as "Seascape" on disc two.  I also think Somnium is fucking monumental.  I just wish I could listen to it in more locations. ;)

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Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2010, 02:37:52 PM »
Yep T & D is timeless as well. In actuallity the only Rich cd I am not crazy about is Numina, other than that I can find something enduring in most of them, but 7 Veils, Propagation, Fissures and Below Zero are probably my faves.
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Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2010, 02:43:59 PM »
I like the idea of getting to experience a Robert Rich sleep concert right here in Portland. I've seen Robert perform a regular show here, but having a chance to see a modern sleep concert is a bit like an opportunity to see Talking Heads re-create Stop Making Sense, or Woodstock 2010, or something like that!
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Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2010, 03:05:12 PM »
I like the idea of getting to experience a Robert Rich sleep concert right here in Portland. I've seen Robert perform a regular show here, but having a chance to see a modern sleep concert is a bit like an opportunity to see Talking Heads re-create Stop Making Sense, or Woodstock 2010, or something like that!

Yeah, awesome he is doing it again! I wish he would make a tour including a sleep concert here in old Europe as well.
(Btw.: a sleep concert is something I've been wanting to give myself for several years now. The only problem is that I don't want to be involved in any organization stuff and I know nobody who would do it.)

Back to Robert Rich: I'm looking forward to this album although Seven Veils is actually my least favorite of his albums (together with Temple of the Invisible). My favorite ones are:

Trances/Drones
Calling Down The Sky
Below Zero
Somnium
Zerkalo (w/ Faryus)

Especially Trances/Drones was so impressive the first time I've heard it. There possibly would be any "False Mirror" without that album.

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Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2010, 10:32:26 AM »
Since I contribute violin to 2 of the album's tracks, I've already had a sneak peak of it, and really enjoy it.  It has a slightly dubby feel in places, has a pleasantly melodic feel elsewhere, and incorporates some very interesting South Indian flute and percussion, too.

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Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2010, 01:23:08 PM »
I hope Robert will be touring Europe again in the future. Alfa Centauri Festival was in 2000...

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Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« Reply #11 on: February 22, 2010, 01:18:18 PM »
I hope Robert will be touring Europe again in the future. Alfa Centauri Festival was in 2000...

Good idea :)
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Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« Reply #12 on: February 22, 2010, 08:02:09 PM »
Three samples have been uploaded.

http://robertrich.com/player/

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Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2010, 12:48:53 AM »
The samples I heard sound great! Reminded me of "Propagation," updated for the 21st century. I should get this tomorrow, will post review soon.  Sweet cover art, too. 

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Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« Reply #14 on: February 23, 2010, 04:18:10 AM »
The samples sound great. Can't wait till my copy arrives.

This year looks set to be a brilliant year all round for releases. Lots of great new things coming out - including a new Autechre, which I'm sure you're all thrilled about. ;)

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Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« Reply #15 on: February 23, 2010, 07:26:57 AM »
This CD completely pics up where Seven Veils left off, but takes that sensibility and style back toward a very Propagation sound and feel. I also here hints of Peter Gabriel's passion at times.

This is the type of ambient album I have been waiting for for about 5 years, seriously. This is my favorite type of ambient music, a true fusion of ethnic instruments, voices, Robert's unmistakable flute and pedal steel all stirred together in a big pot and simmered in a healthy seasoning of ambience and texture. And of course the sound recording and sound quality are all beyond top notch.

Nice job Robert!

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Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« Reply #16 on: February 24, 2010, 11:46:17 PM »
Got this yesterday and really like it. This has a less "electronic" structured feel than Seven Veils or Propagation, and more improvisational/"live" sounding as well.  Well balanced elements throughout and nothing dominates the mix. Some really excellent female vocals on a couple tracks.  The press release mentioning Bark Psychosis was spot on--the defragmented rhythms, hushed jazzy drums, droning guitars, dubby bass--reminded me of the BP release "Hex."  Great production by RR as well (as usual).  Organic n'earthy world ambient w/elements of jazz and post-rock experimentalism.  If you don't like World music this may not be your cup of tea (it's not Trances/Drones or Stalker for sure), but I wouldn't say it's a prerequisite to enjoy it--still psychoactive mind music at its core.

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Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« Reply #17 on: February 26, 2010, 09:51:36 AM »
Three samples have been uploaded.

http://robertrich.com/player/


Thank you so much for this!  Too bad he never comes down south.
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Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2010, 05:41:41 PM »
Just got the new album out of the mailbox and am listening. Haven't been this excited to hear something new in a long while. People have been mentioning Seven Veils as a comparison point...haven't heard that album in a long while so I can't comment, but this is a most welcome style Rich has created, very refined...

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Re: Robert Rich New CD and Tour
« Reply #19 on: February 27, 2010, 02:09:25 AM »
Ylang is amazing. Many repeat plays tonight and just can't listen to it enough. Robert has brought together all his skills and experience on this one, fusing his styles in a seamless way. This album will knock you over with its seemingly effortless beauty. The sixth track stands out as being incredibly sublime amidst an altogether unreal set of tracks. He has brought together an excellent set of players to contribute as well, adding great depth. And Forrest brings it home with some wizardly violin playing on the final track!