Every Recording of Gymnopedie 1
Composed by Erik Satie. Concept and assembly by Brendan Landis. Live version arranged and directed by Evan Ziporyn, Airplane Ears Music (ASCAP), and performed by The Ambient Orchestra (with Brendan on guitar).
Assembled at Small Fire (Brooklyn) winter 2016, performed at MIT (Boston) winter 2017.
Evan thanks: MIT Center for Art Science & Technology, Alex Rigopulos and Sachi Sato, Rick and Terry Stone.
Brendan thanks: Paul and Evan for their generosity in making this happen in all its forms, all the performers live and recorded, what.cd, MIT, Petra, The Kid, our beloved potato plant A$AP Yam (RIP).
Cover photo and insert design by Brendan. Packaging by Sonido Polifonico.
"Both of the arrangements are beautiful, taking Satie's basic theme in sweet and and cloudily focused directions, and sounding great all the while. As with most of this label's productions, the packaging is as lovely and complex as the music."
— The Wire
"Two things to say about this 'un – firstly exceptional and secondly, unquestionably immaculate."
"The result might be described as Satie liquefied. The primary melody fades in and out patiently, pensively, as the dozens of fingers move at a similar but not identical tempo. As textures accrue, vaguely metered notes wash like tides, shifting in waves."
"Brendan Landis has found an opulent minimalism by taking some of the most spare music ever ... and maximizing its presence through simultaneous repetition."