im a very spoiled person when it comes to my friends. i am constantly surrounded by people who are extremely active in what they are passionate about, whether it be in music, art, film, or fashion, and with all of that who would be sitting around?
when i first started this solo saxophone record, i wanted to include as many as my friends to be part of it and to make it as grandiose as possible. noah to engineer and record the session since is he the most knowledgeable with recording and has a great ear, dylan to create the cover art since he never draws anymore and his style is so unique and fucked, ryan to give titles to the songs since he is the most articulate with words and has an impressive vocabulary, and ben to master since he is one of the best arrangers i know. and i secretly want to collaborate with him (badly).
before this project, nancy and i were talking about having her shoot something on film for a nakata piece. after some talks over coffee, i proposed to her that she should film something for the record that i hadnt even recorded yet. since her schedule is insane (finished up a masters program and is now in colorado working on art instilations) i was not sure if she would have time to devote to it.
but they are becoming real. its a real blessing to be able to collaborate and have nancy create more than what i can imagine with my tiny brain. heres the first of five videos, this one shot on 16mm film.
black sun sutra
recorded live at the wallace all faiths chapel in orange, california on the 17th of january, 2013
1. cult of the sun god
2. unaccountable blindness
3. nerves of human life
4. sense of injured merit
5. formula of force
patrick shiroishi - tape recorder, baritone saxophone, electric toothbrush, pie tin, alto saxophone
noah guevara - engineering and mixing
ben chisholm - mastering
ryan kamiyamazaki - song titles
dylan fujioka - cover art
nancy kwon (aris kindt) - film/visuals
in the past two years, i experienced the full force of real life. my first real relationship of three years ended, a close friend from elementary school committed suicide, and my grandmother passed away, the later placing me at the lowest ive ever felt in my entire life. but on the other side of things, i started playing with two musicians i idolized during my high school years, began playing a genre of music that i thought i would never get to play, put out a real cd where people thousands of miles away actually bought and listened to, became closer to the people i love, become more sure of myself, and figure out exactly what i want to say through my music. i know i have a long way to go but i can finally see the path thanks to everything thats been happening around me. i hope im this sure of myself in another 26 years. to the future.
recorded and mixed at our practice space, november 2012
1. inside the evening sky
2. lessons from a mirror
3. the street of look behind
4. the fourth supreme
5. flowers of darkness
6. poem no. 7
7. lines to my father
9. the end of man in his beauty
10. in search of a god
11. black saints
12. one million men marching away
13. before i fade away…
andrea calderon - violin/artwork
francisco casanova - piano
patrick shiroishi - saxophones
dedicated to ayumi tashiro
change of the century
shot by nancy kwon on 16mm film
music by patrick shiroishi