IMA is percussionist Nava Dunkelman (JP) and electronic sound artist Amma Ateria (HK). IMA depicts expressionistic noise music of Japanese poetry by deconstructing and dissolving heavy music through restraint and release. "The Flowers Die in Burning Fire" the debut album of IMA, tells an anecdote of the inevitable notion of time, change, decay, the vanished, and rebirth. With meticulous, industrial, and filmic instrumentation, IMA marches forth with starkness and surrender into the aftermath of destruction, and attempt for transformative regeneration of beauty through catalysts of pleasure.
Nava Dunkelman (JP) is a percussionist and improviser born in Tokyo, her sonic palette spans the globe from Japanese taiko to Indonesian gamelan, from classical to contemporary to the avant-garde. She has performed and collaborated with William Winant, Fred Frith, John Zorn, Ikue Mori, George Lewis and many others, as well as performed classical and contemporary pieces with the William Winant Percussion Group, Joan Jeanrenaud, San Francisco Girls Chorus, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players and others.
Amma Ateria (HK) is a sound artist, electroacoustic composer, and improviser born in Hong Kong, based in California. Her practice examines the behaviour and physicality of sound in the human experience. She studied with Maggi Payne and Fred Frith, performed with Ikue Mori, Pauline Oliveros, Tarek Atoui, Paul Clipson, Zeena Parkins, Erik Friedlander, Pauchi Sasaki, John Zorn, and many others. Her work has been presented in SoART, Austria (2013), Titanik Gallery, Finland (2014), The Stone, New York (2016), SFEMF, San Francisco (2016), BAMPFA, Berkeley (2017), Exploratorium, San Francisco (2018), Marfa Sounding, Marfa (2018), CCRMA, Stanford University (2018), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF (2019), Other Minds:Latitudes (2019), Minnesota Street Project (2019).
released November 15, 2019
I, III, VI recorded by IMA (Glashaus Studio)
II, IV recorded by Jay Pellicci (New, Improved Recording)
V, IX recorded by Myles Boisen (Guerrilla Recording)
VII recorded by Andrew Oswald (Secret Bathroom Recording Studio)
VIII recorded by Úlfur Hansson (Mills College) and Jay Pellicci (New, Improved Recording)
Mixed by Amma Ateria
Mastered by Adam Hirsch (Tiny Telephone)
Cover design by IMA and Infra_Intl
Ceramic Sculpture by Ben Belknap
Thanks to Maggi Payne, Adam Hirsch, Myles Boisen, Fred Frith, Andrej Hronco, Jakob Pek, Pauchi Sasaki, Ben Belknap
supported by 7 fans who also own “The Flowers Die in Burning Fire - 炎の中で死にゆく花”
Really wonderful electroacoustic sound art. Experimental but not extreme, with lots of unusual textures coalescing into some lovely moments. Field recordings and various machine sounds abound, with occasional low throbs and clicking bits, all laced with what feels like a hundred different gradations of radio static. There's an organic ebb and flow, never getting too dense or too noisy or weird. A truly deep and nuanced album that rewards patient listening and grows on you over time. ~ DJ Megasoup aka Selaroda ~
supported by 6 fans who also own “The Flowers Die in Burning Fire - 炎の中で死にゆく花”
This release is an outstanding showcase or Sarah Davachi's talents as a pianist, vocalist and composer.
The first part of Perfume showcases her ability to find new expressions for solo piano, whilst the second adds her unique, deep-pitched expressive voice; a study in bold restraint.
The final piece is the departure; an extended composition build around the interplay of two violins. No vibrato; just long notes and silence.
This is a first class album. Timely, resonant and beautiful. Michael Mueller