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Ten join pianist Daniel Inzani (The Mandibles, Count Bobo and the Bullion) and poet/singer/saxophonist Alabaster dePlume (Honeyfeet, Liz Green) in creating a wash of fugues, invocations and tunes.

Employing unusual and cut-throat practices, analogue equipment was used to capture the creative expressions and communications of the 12-piece ensemble, live. Spontaneity, sincerity, and humour taking stubborn precedence, the characters of all involved have formed this delightful, unique and deeply moving piece of work.

Theatrical spoken-word and song joining chorus, horns, strings, piano and percussion, this release is a rich and frighteningly varied gem for Debt Records of Manchester (Bridie Jackson and the Arbour, Walk, Louis Barabbas and the Bedlam 6, Honeyfeet)

The ensemble is comprised Dartington graduates and legends of the local scene, members of Count Bobo and the Bullion, the Mandibles (“evocative, idiosyncratic and even slightly absurd – Venue Magazine”) and Bert Miller and the Animal Folk. It features Sheelanagig’s Aaron Catlow, alongside the cellos of Beth Horton, Pepino’s Jessica Macdonald, Moulettes’ Hannah Miller, and a feast of creative performers from far and wide.

As part of the project, a large collection of artists are producing images in response to the material, that will be presented online, and physically at the launch in Bristol. A crowd-funding campaign is being set up, to make the bold and uncommon move of paying the artists.
Support the campaign here: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/thejesterproject

An open-source recorded improvisation from the studio session is available, and sound-artists are being encouraged to produce remixes. Open source: soundcloud.com/thejesterproject/the-jester-ensemble

The record will be available on CD, Vinyl and download, on the 8th July, and will be accompanied by the following concerts, in celebration:

12th July 3MT Manchester
13th July 3MT Manchester
14th July Kazimir Liverpool
20th July Folk House Bristol




THE ALBUM:
(Not for public release before 8th July 2013)
soundcloud.com/thejesterproject/sets/the-jester-1/s-IEYHr



Project website: www.thejesterproject.co.uk
Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/thejesterproject
Twitter: www.twitter.com/a_deplume
Debt Records: www.debtrecords.net
Head of Debt Records, John Louis: Louis@debtrecords.net

credits

released July 8, 2013

Personnel:
Stefan Asanovic – percussion, chorus
Leon Boydon – acoustic bass, chorus Aaron Catlow – violin, tiny harmonica, chorus Alabaster DePlume – tenor saxophone, guitar, vocals Pete Gibbs – percussion, chorus Dominie Hooper – vocals, percussion Daniel Inzani – upright piano, chorus Jessica Macdonald – cello, chorus Hannah Miller – cello Beth Porter – cello Lorenzo Prati – tenor saxophone, penny-whistle, chorus Dan Truen – drums, chorus

Written and arranged by Alabaster dePlume and Daniel Inzani ◙ Produced by Alabaster dePlume and Daniel Inzani with Mark Dressler ◙ Engineered by Mark Dressler ◙ Mastered by Karl Sveinsson ◙ Artwork and design by Liz Greenfield

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Alabaster dePlume Manchester, UK

“You know when you’re ugly
You don’t always know you’re stupid”

Alabaster dePlume delights in his own confusion.

He embraces it. It makes him look a bit pretentious, sometimes, but in the end, it is deeply sincere, and entertaining.

He works with Debt Records in his hometown Manchester, and performs poetry and song around the UK, in festivals, bars and concert halls.
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