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Anna Homler And Steve Moshier

Breadwoman and Other Tales

'Breadwoman and Other Tales' are the collected recordings of a language arising It is the sound and document of Anna Homler divining speech lyrical fragments and melody for music composed mixed and engineered by Steve Moshier It's 1982 and Anna is driving an ocean blue classic Cadillac to meet renowned poet and playwright Deena Metzger in Topanga Canyon Los Angeles Passing a nondescript desert patch where tall wheat and mustard flowers grow Anna opens her mouth and sings in a salient stream of rhythmic melodic sound Breadwoman is born but not by Immaculate Conception For Homler performance art had recently become 'a form big enough to contain everything happening' during her studies with Rachel Rosenthal at Otis College of Art and Design As this performative freedom fed into the enchanted vocalese the character of Breadwoman emerged Homler tread the same multidisciplinary waters where Steve Moshier and the Cartesian Reunion Memorial Orchestra CRMO a communal avantgarde urban chamber music ensemble formed in LA in 1979 floated When their currents connected it was clear Homler and Moshier were kin crossing genres through intensely physical designifications of music quasitheatrical fully mythic ritualistic performances Instead of confining Anna as 'a vocalist' Moshier recognized Anna's voice as a sonic element To accomplish the recordings of this collection Moshier chose the least songlike material from Homler's handheld cassette transcriptions and composed music considerately Anna would then record chants and song variations which Steve would tweak for final touches through his arsenal of analog equipment Although Breadwoman stands outside of time she is rich in the ingredients of 1980s Los Angeles performance art renegadeA  DIY punk gallery culture galvanized jazz underground cassettetrading culture drag extravaganzas and esoteric meaningmaking mysticism Breadwoman is a storyteller she's so very old she's turned into bread Breadwoman says If you don't try to understand you will She is the voice and the voice is cosmic reality's musicality Through 'Breadwoman and Other Tales' we hear material meet mythosA  LP and CD versions accompanied with extensive poetic liner notes written by Andrew Choate

  • 1. Ee Chê
    2. Oo Nu Dah
    3. Gu She' Na' Di
    4. Giyah
    5. Yesh' Te
    6. Sirens
    7. Celestial Ash