Caveman the Wise
Chicago-native Caveman the Wise (Victor French) is a producer currently living in Los Angeles. Originally a jazz saxophonist, he cut his teeth in the Chicago hip-hop scene before moving west. Caveman the Wise is known for creating original, hypnotic beats and sprinkling in traditional jazz sounds to create something unlike any other. He's collaborated with a wide range of hip-hop and rap artists, including Virghost, Felly, Truth Clipsy, Gatsby the Great, and Kontakz - infusing their old school style with his innovative melodies. As a classically trained saxophonist, you can find him producing beats and composing live accompaniment at venues all around Los Angeles.
From the artist, on Petrichor
This song is a mixing of major and minor textures, often in direct conflict. I wanted to reflect the grimey renewal of the rare rainfall here in Los Angeles during the winter months.
Óscar Coyoli’s work interrelates his two greatest artistic passions: music and visual arts. Coyoli began his career in 2007 with the release of his EP Una tarde de domingo en la isla de la Grande Jatte, followed by Bemót in 2012, which was produced by Grammy-award winning Juan Manuel Torreblanca. In 2014, he started a new project with a more abstract, electronic sound, under the name Mar de Sombra and released three short-length albums: El Mar Valiente (2015), Nocturno 1 (2017), and L’Abîme (2018). He has been honored by UNESCO (Montreal, 2014) and by many Mexican institutions, including the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo, the Franz Mayer Museum, and Mexico’s National Film Archive (Cineteca Nacional). He has performed live in Mexico as well as in the United States and Canada, the country where he currently lives.
From the artist, on Poema de Luna, No.2
Te miré / hasta que la noche nos ahogó
I looked at you / until we were drowned by the night
A desert ballad with melancholy undertones. The metallic sound of a guitar that evokes the banjo and miners singing songs at night, far from home. A campfire song with an amplifier in the middle of a lunar landscape.
Juan María Solare
Pianist & Composer Juan María Solare (b. Buenos Aires, 1966) is a musician that opens scarcely travelled paths; his music traces a line that subtly connects art music with light music, and instrumental sound with electronics. He has studied with Kagel, Fritsch, Lachenmann, and Stockhausen, and he works in genres such as post-tonal music, chamber music, electroacoustic, tango, and film music. Solare teaches at the University of Bremen and at the Hochschule für Künste. He has performed recitals in Argentina, Germany, London, and Scandinavia. He is also editor of four piano albums for Ricordi (Universal Music) and a fifth for Peters Verlag (Leipzig).
From the artist, on Satie: Gymnopédie No. 1
Satie: Gymnopédie No. 1, performed by Juan María Solare (piano), has been released through the label Janus Music & Sound, with artwork by the British artist Alban Low, one of today's best London artists.
This iconic piece by classical composer Erik Satie (1866-1925) was recorded at the studio of the Freie Musikschule Bremen Nord (Germany) on a Yamaha grand piano, with engineer Alexander Derben.
Satie composed the three gymnopédies in 1888. The word gymnopédies was derived from a festival of ancient Sparta at which young men danced and competed against each other unencumbered by clothing. The name was a (presumably) droll reference to Satie’s gentle, dreamy, and far-from-strenuous piano exercises. (Satie is known to have introduced himself as a gymnopédiste.) The Trois Gymnopédies are the best-known of Satie’s piano pieces.
Erik Satie is a major influence for Solare's style (and with whose music he is well-versed).