Here is the original write-up for Issa from the Important Records website:
Issa is the debut release from Bristol based musician and composer Kit Wilmans Fegradoe. The magic in Issa comes from Fegradoe's powerful exploration of emotion and sensitivity, which leads to a deeply personal and revealing listen. The work evokes the scale of Michael Stearns compositions for film, whilst eliciting a minimalist undercurrent throughout. The album is sculpted from guided improvisation sessions in the studio with fellow musicians, traversing around the narrative of Issa, a young transient Jesus Christ.
(RIYL: Arvo Part, Steve Reich, John Adams, Gavin Bryars, Phill Niblock, Duane Pitre, James Blackshaw )
Issa follows the Eastern version of the lost years of Jesus Christ. Known as Issa in the East, it's believed that at the age of 13 he travelled away from his home, in search of understanding different cultures. Studying various religions and philosophies, he gained insight beyond that which he had been taught and would teach those around him as he lived and travelled nomadically.
The albums narrative was built upon a wide variety of literature on the subject, whilst maintaining the hypothetical nature of the story. The intent here was to explore the unknown narrative, one barely touched by scholars or musicians, to understand a different version of a person who has become a beacon of hope for many, and a vehicle of religious hypocrisy for others.
"I invited musicians into the studio and they improvised around the narrative, often guiding them as they went. I took these recordings home and reformed them to create compositions. I spent a year alongside the recording and composition process visiting Churches and Buddhist Temples, reading Buddhist and Hindu philosophy and experimenting with Eastern instruments.
I hope for people to feel things that he might of felt during his journey. To approach a version of his story without prejudice and to experience a musical interpretation of the founding years of a person so iconic yet so mysterious." Kit Wilmans Fegradoe.
Special thanks to my special guests:
Joshua Tristan Churchill, Brigitte Hart.
Released May 2015, Important Records.
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Here is the original write-up for Falling Into Place, taken from Palaver Press.
'Artists Heather and Ivan Morison bring together a collected body of work, incorporating a range of shelters and escape vehicles in a narrative that is part science fiction, part history, part autobiography, part fairytale. Falling Into Place tells of a world after an unspecified but high-impact event that has displaced people and caused those who survived to reassess how to live their lives from then on. Referencing a dystopian poignant wake-up call, bound in an engrossing novella that offers an extraordinary insight into a rich and intriguing artistic practice.
Kit's fully original score is dense with layers of bowed Indian harp, droning harmonica, resonant Tibetan bowls, guitar and choral voice. Playing alongside each of the novel's parallel story lines, his Eastern-influenced instrumental miniatures bring out all of the subtle lifts and dives hidden beneath the narrative. ' (Words from Palaver)
Please note this is the score from the audiobook. If you would like to purchase the full audiobook then please visit:www.palaverpress.com/pa003
Special thanks to Palaver for eliciting this work.
released February 21, 2016
2019 Remastered Edition
Part of The Places Series:
"Inspired by time spent travelling to, and through Vietnam, “Trẻ em” captures a journey of introspection and contemplation; of excitement, contentment and considered observation.
Imbibed with a deep appreciation of the country’s sights and sounds, Kit’s affection for the people and places that unknowingly contributed is tangible in its warmth, richness and character. The breadth and depth of these tracks eases through a wealth of shared experiences, the weight of history and the often brutal reality of the world in which we live. Heart-breaking and heart-warming, perhaps the most wonderful thing about “Trẻ em” is its unerringly honest dichotomy.
An album that effortlessly transports and eases you into the heart of the experience, the tremulous “Girl Walking on the Beach Wearing a Skirt” takes you to an idyll of white sands and picturesque isolation – a place where the sun’s kissing the horizon and the breeze whispers through the trees casting black silhouettes against a burning amber sky. It’s a track that evokes and transcends, sighing with the tide, truly content in its beauty and natural simplicity.
“Tunnels” is a dramatically different beast, its minimal heartbeat determined in its power. Alive with nervous tension, it’s an invitation to delve into the darkness, crawling towards the infinite, co-existing with the choke of claustrophobic fear and volatile gunfire as the walls close in on a space of dead air and defiance. But even trapped in a place as foreboding as this, fuelled only by adrenalin and a clamouring sense of freedom, there’s still a flicker of optimism in the unknown.
In album closer, “I Grew Up Here” you have the perfect bookend, a warm, swelling piece tinged with longing and sadness but one that flourishes into something warm and wide-eyed. It’s comforting in its reminiscence and warmed by the thought of being welcomed in a place you didn’t call home before but now, will always consider it to be." (Words: Reef Younis)
released April 13, 2012
Kit Wilmans Fegradoe, Artwork by Gareth Butterworth, ASIP001.