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The latest album from JOHN TERLAZZO & VOICES IN THE HALL
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John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall are making a new album, ANCIENT CHAINS...

Singer / Songwriter John Terlazzo has written hundreds of songs over his lifetime and produced a vast lexicon of work, including Barbarian Hymns, Ecstasy & Longing, Live in the Empire of Fools, Hand of Mercy, That Chair is Burning, The One Who Has No Name, the collaborative work,Arsenal of Love, the seminal work,Honor Among Thieves, and more.

Terlazzo & Voices now have set their sites on finishing their latest collection of 15 original songs, ANCIENT CHAINS - which will include the title song, as well as The Mists of Algiers, The White Peacock Cries, Make For Me a Mask, Kneel Conquistador, The Last Illumination (The Ghost of Arthur Rimbaud), The Lost Song, I Will Bend, The Waters Rise, and more.

The front cover of the new collection.  Terlazzo painted the image, drawn from the lyrics of The White Peacock Cries(one of the songs herein)... "Like an Amazon she rises from the Ocean / Foam like white skirts hiked high on her thighs. / She sways, gleaming, with a most graceful motion, / The Moon pours down like milk as the White Peacock Cries..."
The front cover of the new collection. Terlazzo painted the image, drawn from the lyrics of The White Peacock Cries(one of the songs herein)... "Like an Amazon she rises from the Ocean / Foam like white skirts hiked high on her thighs. / She sways, gleaming, with a most graceful motion, / The Moon pours down like milk as the White Peacock Cries..."

John Terlazzo's work has been described as Modern Surrealist Gypsy Song, and Alternative Folk, having "thoughtful image-laden lyrics", "a fine and unique poetic sensibility", a sound like "Marc Chagall gone aural", "Leonard Cohen meets Rumi" and (the band's most recent favorite) "Too Exotic for Wal-Mart"(!)

John Terlazzo, portrait by Becki Senft
John Terlazzo, portrait by Becki Senft

After releasing Barbarian Hymns (in 2014), Jim Allen, a New York City based music journalist / critic who writes for ROLLING STONE, as well as other music magazines, included Barbarian Hymns as number 5 among his 11 Favorite Albums of 2014, along with Chris Smithers, Courtney Barnett, Sturgill Simpson and Lydia Loveless.  This, after a year or two earlier, when Allen had written Terlazzo out of the blue to say he'd been listening to his work via the internet, and offered the fine compliment, "This is some of the best songwriting I've seen anywhere - and believe me, I've seen a lot!"

Allen had heard John Terlazzo's first album, Honor Among Thieves (1983) on the internet because people in Greece, France, and other parts of Europe and Asia had posted songs from it on youtube.  Perhaps a decade ago, Sweden's Patrick Lundborg, had written a very favorable review of the album in The Acid Archives, a book about musical "hidden gems".  Since then, Terlazzo has been hearing from people on every continent.  Listeners over most of Europe, Asia, South America, Australia, as well as in Canada and even some in the US (!) have been writing via email to say how much they are moved by these songs.

HONOR AMONG THIEVES (1983), photo by JoAnn Quickel
HONOR AMONG THIEVES (1983), photo by JoAnn Quickel

So, with Ancient Chains, Terlazzo (on guitar, vocals and Indian harmonium) has been working diligently, along with band-mates Kristina Machusick (vocals, flutes and recorders) and Paul Wegmann (vocals & lead & bass guitars) to record, and make available, the finest work this band has done to date.  The trio is joined by old and new friends and fellow musicians, Karen Heeter on cello, Beebe Frazer on French horn, Rick Terlazzo on organ, and Roy Frush on drums, and the album is being recorded and co-produced by Doug Smith of Shab Row Recording in Frederick, MD.  Smith (aka The Techno-Fakir) has recorded most everything Terlazzo's done, as they've been good friends since high school.

Kristina in the studio at Shab Row.
Kristina in the studio at Shab Row.
Likewise, Paul
Likewise, Paul
Doug Smith & John Terlazzo
Doug Smith & John Terlazzo

This particular album has been a tremendous amount of painstaking and joyful work spanning multiple surprises, Imaginings, trials and several years ( You can read Leslie Coleman's interview with John Terlazzo here... ) - and we're getting near the ethereal place where Labor begins, the birth is nigh.  We're very close now...

From John: 

I'm happy and grateful that you're reading these words and considering joining us for this Kickstarter project.  We welcome your willingness to be Collaborators in this process and are looking forward - in a very big way - to delivering these songs into your hands...  In the Sixties and Seventies, record companies were relatively small & still operated by people  who actually loved music - Creativity and Imagination reigned.  That all changed when big corporate barons and the like - people who don't even listen to music; certainly not to lyrics - started buying up the record companies and radio stations with only one goal in mind: profit.  That "industrialization" of music drove thought itself underground.  But not anymore - the "industry" in its egoistic greed has rung its own death knell. The real music is happening elsewhere. Music arises not from corporate board rooms, but in human Hearts... I was amazed and pleased when I heard about this Kickstarter model - people encouraging, supporting and trusting one another, all in the interest of good will and imagined possibilities.  Again - and to be very clear - the funds I am requesting here are to finish Ancient Chains - recording (studio time, paying my engineer and musician friends who've stood by this work for many years - often working for very little - some portion of what they're worth), mixing, promotion, duplication, advertising, and possibly video.  Out of that money also comes the reproduction of t-shirts & posters as thanks to you, our Collaborators (Please watch the short 10 minute video about the making of the album, found above & read the list of "extras" available to contributors in the right column)...  If any additional monies should arise (as is sometimes the case with Kickstarter) they will go towards exploring contacts for a European Tour for Voices.  Every penny will be used only to further the visibility of this band & these songs.

I myself have always loved being able to hold music covers in my hands as I listen to the songs.  Toward that end, Ancient Chains will contain several paintings and the lyrics of all the songs printed on a booklet within.  People who've supported my work have always seemed to prefer the tactile cover as well - However, certainly, streaming downloads will be available to those who want them...

They Burn With a Flame That I Do Not Understand, painting by John Terlazzo, which will appear on bonus posters and t-shirts along with the words, John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall, and Ancient Chains.
They Burn With a Flame That I Do Not Understand, painting by John Terlazzo, which will appear on bonus posters and t-shirts along with the words, John Terlazzo & Voices in the Hall, and Ancient Chains.

Beyond These Teeth, by JT.  Some more of John's artwork (from the CD cover & its included lyric booklet), the originals of which will be made available to top level collaborators in this Kickstarter project.
Beyond These Teeth, by JT. Some more of John's artwork (from the CD cover & its included lyric booklet), the originals of which will be made available to top level collaborators in this Kickstarter project.

You know how Kickstarter works - If we receive the FULL amount that I'm requesting - $10,000, Beautiful!  IF WE DO NOT RECEIVE THAT FULL AMOUNT BY THE LAST DAY, EVERY PENNY OF EVERY DONATION YOU HAVE MADE WILL RETURN DIRECTLY TO YOUR CREDIT CARD.  But I have faith that will not be the case.  Let me say that Kristina, Paul & I are humbled, excited, encouraged and deeply, deeply grateful to you as you join us here... Welcome into this place.  We look forward to arising from the depths, with you - and lifting our Voices to break these Ancient Chains.  You have our Deep Love & Gratitude...

Risks and challenges

I will say, honestly, I don't see any real risks for those of you who will be supporting this campaign. This is my eighth or ninth collection of songs, and based on my past experience, the biggest risk is time delay. It's a lot of work to make an album and it costs money and takes time. Since I won't be working on this project alone - you & I will be collaborators - and since much of the recording is already finished, time delays should be minimal or non-existent. More importantly, I stand with, and by the Integrity of my friends - we'll deliver.

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