Celebrate the release of “Recordings from the Åland Islands” tonight at 2220 Arts + Archives.
Out now via Chicago’s International Anthem, electronic musician Jeremiah Chiu & violist Marta Sofia Honer’s collaborative debut album Recordings from the Åland Islands has been making quite the buzz over the past month. Featured on Pitchfork, Aquarium Drunkard, self-titled mag and numerous other music blogs, the album feels like a proper arrival from two staples in the Los Angeles music scene. Filled with gorgeous field recordings from the Baltic island, Chiu’s modular synth magic, and Honer’s ethereal strings, the album has been likened to cult classics like Jon Hassell’s Vernal Equinox, Franco Battiato’s Clic, and Brian Eno’s Another Green World.
We recently featured the album in our Now Sound selects series:
“Some morning as you’re waking for the day, do so while listening to Recordings From The Åland Islands, the new collaboration between L.A.-based musicians Jeremiah Chiu and Marta Sofia Honer. A shimmering dose of hope during hard times, it opens with field recordings of birdsongs captured, like much of the album, three years ago during an extended trip to an archipelago composed of 6,500 islands in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland.
There, inside the Kumlinge Kyrka, a 14th century medieval church, the artists recorded a performance that became the source material for Recordings From The Åland Islands. Featuring composed pieces and improvisations on what liner notes list as “viola and electronics, pipe organ, pump organ, piano, synthesizers, field recordings and voice memos,” the pair returned to the States to produce this truly memorable new album. Among the instrumentation: viola, piano, organs, modular synthesizer, Crumar Performer, Juno-60, CS01, OP-1, bass guitar, hand chimes, and field recordings.”
Chiu and Honer will be celebrating the release of the album tonight at 2220 Arts + Archives along with friends Celia Hollander and Ben Babbitt.
Tickets are available here: https://dice.fm/event/ykk6v-jeremiah-chiu-marta-sofia-honer-celia-hollander-15th-apr-2220-arts-archives-los-angeles-tickets