“Exquisitely potent, a psychic shield for our times.” — Patti Smith
“Poet, musicians, artists, eternal lovers, we now meet to reanimate the word/world. That shadow vibration, free-gender energy, it is the warrior adepts. Anne Waldman has the microphone, the bird call, the caw caw caw, the force of nature. SCIAMACHY is her sonic lamp n’ sword raised high. Occupy the future!” —Thurston Moore
“This is astonishing— an incantation, a ritual dance, an ensorcellment, an ekstasis. It’s one of the most powerful things poet Anne Waldman has ever done, and the music is mesmerizing." —Jonathan Cott, Author of “Listening”: Interviews 1970-1989.
Digital and Limited Edition Vinyl
released May 8, 2020
Extinction Aria pt II
Streets of the World
My Lover Comes Home Today
Face Down Girl
Anne Waldman: voice and text
William Parker: n’goni (2)
Laurie Anderson: violin (3)
Debbie Googe: baritone bass, electronics (1, 4 and 5)
Guro Moe: electric bass and voice (1 and 4), composition (1)
Håvard Skaset: guitar (1 and 4), composition (4)
Ambrose Bye: synthesizer (1 and 4)
Devin Brahja Waldman: saxophone (1, 2, 4), drums (4)
Recording by Felix X Tigersonic at Smartmix Studio in London, UK;
by Michael Coleman at Figure 8 Recording in Brooklyn, NY;
and by Alden Penner and Ambrose Bye at Fast Speaking Music Studio, NYC.
Mixed by Devin Brahja Waldman and Alden Penner.
Mastered by Justin Randel.
Produced by Devin Brahja Waldman.
Artwork by Pat Steir. Insert photo by No Land, Design and art production by Alexis Myre.
Cover image: Pat Steir, “Twenty-one Musicians On A White Elephant”, 1993.
Sciamachy is produced in collaboration with Fast Speaking Music and the Lévy Gorvy Gallery. With special thanks to Dominique Lévy, Brett Gorvy and Begum Yesar. Texts extracted from Trickster Feminism, Voice’s Daughter of A Heart Yet To Be Born, and Extinction Aria. Thanks to Paul Slovak at Penguin, Chris Fischbach at Coffee House Press, and David Sellers at Pied Oxen Press. Thanks also to Shahzad Ismaily, Erika Hodges, Zoe Brezsny, Emma Gomis, Ecstatic Peace, and Ed Bowes.
This album is dedicated to Pat Steir for the breadth and depth of her work.
In loving memory of Vanessa Bley.
Fast Speaking Music copyright 2020.