jefre cantu ledesma

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  • jefre cantu ledesma – songs of remembrance – psychic trouble tapes

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    Jefre Cantu-Ledesma has released a bunch of solo records on labels such as Type, Pan, NNA and Emerald Cocoon. He has played in Tarentel, Raum, The Alps, Barn Owl and others as well as co-founder of the Root Strata label.

    Songs of Remembrance is a collection of recordings gathered from various sessions in Northern California, Berlin, Munich and Brooklyn. It gives a sense of shifting between place and time, various forms of weather & seasons of the year experienced in totally different landscapes. At times, what plays out like a serene soundtrack with lush guitar swells and looping drum machines moves into blown out found sounds torn apart by static & tape hiss. The whole thing ends up feeling something like falling in and out of dream sleep while watching Twin Peaks.

    Recorded 2011-2013 at home in Berlin, Munich, San Francisco, Sausalito and Brooklyn. Edited and Compiled at The Crown Heights Inn, Crown Heights, Brooklyn – Fall 2013
    Cover Photo By Mary Manning
    All songs by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

  • jefre cantu ledesma – floating weeds – twonicorn

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    2006 release on the killer twonicorn label

  • jefre cantu-ledesma and paul clipson – within mirrors – students of decay

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    Many artists within the realm of electronic and ambient music combine film with audio. Rarely however, do we find such a highly singular and symbiotic merging of the two forms as occurs in the collaborative efforts between Bay Area filmmaker Paul Clipson and founding Tarentel member/Root Strata label owner Jefre Cantu-Ledesma. Clipson and Cantu have worked aside one another for years, with Clipson often providing visuals for Tarentel’s live sets, and their history of working closely with each other is immediately apparent when viewing these collaborative works.

    As a filmmaker, Clipson’s aesthetic draws heavily from a palette which includes and synthesizes the abstractions of the American Avant-Garde, such as Stan Brakhage, Maya Deren, and Jonas Mekas with narrative and formal tendencies from artists as diverse as Chantal Akerman, Hiroshi Teshigahara, and Jose Antonio Sistiaga.

    Cantu-Ledesma’s scores run the gamut from bleary, post-shoegaze mantras, in which barely-there melodies are submerged with all manner electronically treated aural detritus, to hushed ambience that is almost Eastern in its level of devotional pathos. Combined, the sonic and visual elements of these works are at once overwhelming in their beauty, and supremely evocative in their ability to conjure for the viewer pure wonder at the beauty and frailty of the world around us.

    This volume collects several of the out of print DVD-R releases that Jefre has released on the Root Strata imprint over the past few years, including “Two Suns,” “Corridors,” “The Phantom Harp,” “The Light and its Perfections,” and “Constellations, along with two new works, the eponymous film and “The Sphinx on the Seine” on professional DVDs with menu design by C. Spencer Yeh and artwork by Jefre. Clips from films may be seen here.

  • jefre cantu ledesma – bloodstream sermon – arbor

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    On Bloodstream Sermon, San Francisco’s Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (of Tarentel and the Root Strata label) presents a deep, drifting pair of extended drone works. With a precise sense of focus for agreeing tonal arrangement, JCL’s compositions for Roland Juno 60, pure wave oscillator, and electronics recall the shifting exactness of La Monte Young’s geometric based frequency pairings. Bloodstream Sermon’s meditative tracks create a breathing space within their own existence, a break from temporal consciousness. Imbued with a rich sense of beauty and calming potential; a subtle care. Learning to accept; letting go, becoming oneself. In an edition of 150 copies with full color cardstock covers and labeled tapes.