Eyvind Kang

Eyvind Kang
Eyvind Kang

Eyvind Kang, the well-known string player who has worked with Mr. Bungle, Sun City Girls and Lou Reed, releases The Narrow Garden on Jan. 31 via Ipecac Recordings.

Spin said of Kang’s most recent Ipecac release, 2007’s Athlantis: “Think the monolith scene from 2001 as rendered by Mr. Bungle and you’re almost there.”   PopMatters said Kang “…inhabits other worlds so the rest of us don’t have to.”

While Athlantis is a choral piece inspired by Renaissance era literature and philosophy, The Narrow Garden is inspired by the natural world.  “I composed most of the songs at a pond on Vashon Island,” explains Kang.  “I also went down to Yelm and Olympia and music just came into my head.  There were birds, plants and flowers.  It’s a concept of love, of poetry, like a troubadour or ashugh, courtly love that goes in two directions – one the more ineffable, kind of delightful which is the idea of ‘Pure Nothing’ and the other direction is the implication of a kind of violence.”

The Narrow Garden was recorded in Barcelona with a group of 30 musicians helmed by Kang.

The Narrow Garden track listing:

1.  Forest Sama’i

2.  Pure Nothing

3.  Usnea

4.  Mineralia

5.  The Narrow Garden

6.  Nobis Natalis

7.  Invisus Natalis

 

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The Narrow Garden, the latest full-length from Seattle-by-way-of-Regina composer Eyvind Kang, will be released on Ipecac on January 31. A multi-instrumentalist, Kang is most well-known for his string arrangements, recording with John Zorn, Sun City Girls, Mike Patton, John Doe and Bill Frisell. Across his illustrious musical career in addition to arranging and performing with other musicians, he has released many recordings of original music notably the acclaimed choral piece Athlantis (Ipecac) and The Yelm Sessions (Tzadik). The Narrow Garden is no exception, offering one of his most original and perhaps one of his most playful recordings to date. The album was recorded in Barcelona with a group of thirty musicians helmed by Kang.



"I composed most of the songs at a pond on Vashon Island," explains Kang. "I also went down to Yelm and Olympia, and music just came to my head. There were birds, plants and flowers. Then again, I've been working on variations of the 'narrow garden' idea since the mid-'90s. It's a concept of love, of poetry, like a troubadour or ashugh, courtly love that goes in two directions. One direction is the more ineffable, kind of delightful, growing ever more lush, almost feels like fainting type - which is the idea of 'Pure Nothing' - there's nothing there, there's no idea. In the other direction there is the implication of a kind of violence."



The music on The Narrow Garden sounds like it was composed for a film in the way that Kang creates evocative visual spaces with sound. True to form the album is composed of full-bodied pieces of music that evolve from minimal song structure to more grandiose musical statements throughout, "Forest Saman'i" is a great example of this. "Pure Nothing," "Mineralia" and "Nobis Natalis" nod to the choral tones on Athlantis and show definite eastern influences, whilst "Usnea" and the title track, "The Narrow Garden," experiment with some truly eerie samples.
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