Nearly 6 years after its inception, Hazel-Rah is beginning to record its first full-length album.
The current project
On the full-length record, Hazel-Rah seeks to expand into symphonic form the embryonic vignettes that have, up to now, served as stepping stones to the consummate sound of the current project.
At least 8 compositions are in various stages of completion, and a recording session at Colin Marston's (Dysrhythmia, Gorguts, Behold, the Arctopus) Menegroth the Thousand Caves is scheduled for late August 2012.
The record's line-up will feature the talents of David Andrew Moore, Adam Minkoff, and Andrew Hock (Castavet, Feast of the Epiphany) as the core band, backing up Tim Byrnes, who will be singing and providing synth and horn textures to the orchestra.
This record will also feature guest spots by such musicians as Dan Romans (The DRX, So is the Tongue) and Toby Driver (Kayo Dot).
After recording, mixing, and mastering is done, the album will be available online for purchase, with a vinyl pressing and release soon afterward.
As many know, record labels, especially at the independent level, do not have the funds to pay for even a reasonably-priced recording session. For this reason, we are giving you the opportunity as a listener, fan, and supporter to make a financial contribution to the completion of this ambitious project.
We believe that $7000 will fully cover the recording, mixing, mastering, and musicians' fees for the making of this record, plus it will allow for all of the rewards to be fulfilled without financial loss on the behalf of the artists.
Thank you so much for your support!
[The music in the video is Hazel-Rah's "Behold, A Firewall" from their February 2012 release The Africantape 10" (Africantape Reocrds).]
Hazel-Rah began as Tim Byrnes’ inspiration to rise up to a personal challenge to compose a set of music that would compliment Toby Driver’s Tartar Lamb on a mid-winter tour of the United States during the months of December 2006 and January 2007.
For their second outing, in summer 2007, Hazel-Rah reformed as a duo, with Forbes Graham playing an electronic drum interface and Byrnes again on synth. This incarnation played a Southern U.S. tour of about 10 dates (most of which were in North Carolina).
Hazel-Rah laid low between 2008 and 2010, as Tim was caught up into other musical responsibilities, including Anthony Braxton’s trumpet ensemble, Ron Anderson’s PAK, and Toby Driver’s Kayo Dot.
After a February 2010 concert at John Zorn's prestigious venue The Stone, featuring the excellent hazel-roster of David Andrew Moore, Adam Minkoff, and Charlie Looker (Extra Life), new life was breathed into Hazel-Rah as new music was debuted for an enthusiastic and packed house.
Hazel-Rah’s first five-year season culminated with a recording session that started in January 2011 at Colin Martson’s Menegroth the Thousand Caves, which yielded “Behold, A Firewall” and “Stars”, featuring the Looker/Minkoff/Moore lineup. Finished mid-year, in May 2011, these songs constituted Hazel-Rah’s first official release, The Africantape 10″ on Africantape Records (February 2012).
According to Tim, this record "epitomized Hazel-Rah’s sound, juxtaposing crushing dissonance with epic cadences, and advanced rhythmic structures with trance-like passages."
Prior to the Africantape release, the recorded output had been sparse but pointed, consisting of lo-fi recordings that included several art-songs (2006's Christmas Demo), a remix/reinvention of Candiria’s “Pull”, and a French horn/baritone guitar duet played by Byrnes and Looker called “Glacier”.
Thanks for reading, and again, thank you for your support!
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