05/07/12Listen to a 7 minute excerpt from Bridges, my upcoming album on Important Records here: soundcloud.com/duanepitre/bridges-album-excerpt
05/03/12My new album, Bridges, will be available next month via Important Records on CD+LP. Check out the album's teaser trailer: vimeo.com/64347319
12/20/12Pitchfork's The Out Door includes Feel Free in their "Best of 2012: The Big Four" … indeed this is a huge honor.
12/13/12Feel Free made Uncut Magazine's Wild Mercury Sound Top 112 of 2012 list, coming in at #8
12/12/12Feel Free makes a 2012 year end list on dustedmagazine.com.
12/10/12Feel Free has made The Wire's Top 50 Releases of 2012, coming in at #37.
10/17/12My out of print (for well over 2 yrs now) release on Quiet Design, "ED09: Live At Roulette," is now available on iTunes. Album sampler and reviews below…
10/1/12Confirmed just this weekend, a sextet performance of Feel Free will go down on December 1st, 2012 in San Francisco at Eli Ridgeway Gallery. More details to come. In the mean time check out the "Feel Free: Live at Cafe OTO (London)" video which is composed of the live audio and the live, real-time visuals projected at the show - vimeo.com/49605066
08/14/12"Monolithic Youth" CS reviewed by Tiny Mix Tapes:
08/13/12I've a new interview on Greek blog 06:00am where I discuss religion, dog walking, creative process, the economy, and more ...
08/10/12I'll be performing solo at The Wire's Adventures in Modern Music Festival (at The Empty Bottle in Chicago) this year, it's the fest's 10 year anniversary. Also, stream Feel Free in its entirety on magazine's website...subscribers can download the new Below The Radar Vol 10 compilation and get an exclusive live track from my recent UK/EU tour...and read my article in issue #341.
FEEL FREE MADE THE FOLLOWING "MID-YEAR IN REVIEW" LISTS:• Pitchfork's The Out Door
• Dusted Magazine
• Anti-Gravity Bunny
FEEL FREE REVIEWS:• Brainwashed
• The Wire (Feb '12 Issue)
• SSG Music
• Dusted Magazine
• The Inarguable
• Norman Records
• Aquarius Records
• Was Ist Das?
• Le Temps
• Montreal Mirror
• Touching Extremes
• Inactuelles Musiques Singulières
03/27/12Today is the release date for Feel Free!
03/19/12Just launched: the Feel Free mini-site w/ the album video by Greg Hunt, audio preview of the album, skateboard deck images, record reviews, pre-order the CD/LP/Deck/etc & more - duanepitre.com/feelfree
03/13/12Feel Free Installation Happenings on March 27th:
In celebration of the March 27 release of my two new albums on Important Records, spaces/venues in numerous cities will host the Feel Free Installation for one day only (all free events). Check locations
01/16/12March 27th, 2012 will be the release date for my "Feel Free" CD/LP as well as a split LP w/ Eleh (my side consisting of a 20 minute recording of the installation version of Feel Free). Both are being released by Important Records.
12/22/11"Feel Free," which consists of an album-length work (of the same title) for a unique sextet combination, is slated for a March 2012 release via Important Records on LP/CD. Featured musicians on this record are Jim Altieri. Shannon Fields, James Ilgenfritz, Jesse Marino & Jesse Sparhawk. Sound samples, video, mini-site & more to come next year.
11/28/11My new live LP, "ED09: Live at The Stone" is now available to order in my store (discography page). You have the choice of clear or black vinyl (both 180 gram), though I've only a small quantity of clear.
This performance, from Feb. '09, is a rendition of ED09 via an 11-piece string ensemble and features an optional dissonant section of the composition that was not utilized at the Dec. '08 Roulette performance (a now out of print CD). Additionally, a different approach was taken to recording this performance than Roulette (which was more ambient in quality)...the outcome being more present/intimate, a bit rawer as well.
09/15/11I will be part of a group art show, titled NOLA NOW, Part I: Swagger for a Lost Magnificence, at New Orleans' Contemporary Art Center from October 1, 2011 - January 29, 2012.
There are 35 artists in this show, a number significant as the CAC is celebrating their 35th year in 2011. I will be contributing the sole sound installation for the show, which will also include visual works such as drawing, film, installation, painting, performance, photography, sculpture, and video. Opening Reception: October 1, 2011 (6-9pm), which I will be attending ... more info
08/16/11New LP out soon, "ED09 for String Ensemble: Live at The Stone" (from a Feb. '09 performance). Check out a sound excerpt, the artwork, & words on ED09 at the Basses Frequences website. This vinyl only release (no mp3s) will be available as a 180gram 12", edition of 350 (70 clear/280 black).
And on a different note, mixing of the sextet version of Feel Free (see previous post) is almost finished and it is sounding fantastic!
06/07/11The Duane Pitre Sextet was in Woodstock over Memorial Day weekend recording the sextet version of Feel Free. It was a wonderful time (with a great group) spent at The Isokon recording studio, tucked away in the wooded mountains of NY. See some posts about it on the
DP Facebook page...
03/31/11Some late reviews for "Origin" (my record length work for bowed harmonic-guitar ensemble released last year) have been coming in...here are a couple:
Though the "Origin" vinyl is almost out of print (the distributor is out of them) I have a handful of them, along with the CD version, available via my discography/store page...BUY IT HERE
02/15/11Check out the details on the ISSUE Project Room and String Orchestra of Brooklyn Commissions performance on March 12th, 2011. (featuring new works for string orchestra by myself, Tony Conrad, Katherine Young, and Alex Mincek).
01/23/11In September of last year I was commissioned (along with Tony Conrad, Katherine Young, and Alex Mincek) by ISSUE Project Room to compose a work for The String Orchestra of Brooklyn. All four pieces will be performed on March 12th in Brooklyn Heights at St. Ann's Cathedral (completed in 1848 and considered one of the finest masterpieces of the Gothic Revival style in America)...more details to come...
St. Ann's pic 1 pic 2
01/08/11I have a interview in Issue 2 of Novembre Magazine (brought to you by Sang Bleu). It will be available in Switzerland in bookshops and newsagents from next week on, and in a selection of shops worldwide soon. A series of launches (Geneva, Zurich, Basel, Paris, London) will follow.
10/05/10Origin is now available on CD (and is still available on LP). You can pick one up in the "discography store" as well as your fav online or physical retailer...cheers.
08/07/10Two new videos of excerpts of my September 2009 Monkey Town performance are up on the Visual Page. This show was a audio/visual collaboration of sorts with visuals by Greg Hunt.
07/09/10Today on Pitchfork.com, there's an article/interview with me in their "The Out Door" column, which includes several tracks of streaming audio, including movements 2 and 5 (in their entirety) from my piece/record Origin. Check it out...
07/07/10Video excerpt from the "group version" premier of Feel Free, live at Zebulon in Brooklyn, NY...now on the visual page
07/05/10I have the July spotlight on the American Music Center's NewMusicBox.org webzine. The story has a video feature and a written article as well. Check it out...
06/21/10Important Records showcase closes out ISSUE Project Room's "Concerts in the Courtyard" summer series.Line-up annouced...
06/15/10Today is the release of my new record "Origin," which contains a 40-minute composition of the same name. Set in 5 movements, the entirety of Origin's musical material is comprised of the vibrating strings of my ensemble of bowed "harmonic-guitars," which are unconventionally strung electric guitars (utilizing multi-unisons) tuned to intervals corresponding with the Harmonic Series, a.k.a. Just Intonation.
Released on the San Francisco-based label Root Strata, Origin is available now on vinyl LP (limited edition of 300) with the CD version coming out this August. The LP comes with a download coupon for DRM-free MP3s of the entire album.
Check out what KFW's Mimaroglu Music Sales had to say about Origin; you can pick it up there, on my discography/store page, ThrillJockey.com, amongst other online retailers...or going down to your local record store is always fun.
Listen to excerpts of the piece/record here
5/1/10Check out the redesigned Sound Page with SoundCloud widgets and explanations of some select tracks (instead of linking it to clunky myspace like I had it doing in the past). There you'll find an excerpt of a new work-in-progress, titled Feel Free, performed live last month at Loyola University's Roussel Hall as well as a sampler of Origin, which will be released by Root Strata next month on 12" vinyl (w/ CD & digital download coming in the following months).
4/14/10I have the feature on Foxy Digitalis this week...http://www.digitalisindustries.com/foxyd/features.php?which=468
4/06/10Playing two New Orleans shows in April, my first performances since moving back (been gone for 16 years)...details on performance page.
12/15/09Review from The Wire Magazine of The Harmonic Series: A Compilation of Musical Works in Just Intonation.
11/13/09I'd like to announce the release of a special compilation that I curated over the past 2+ years, consisting of some amazing artists, called The Harmonic Series: A Compilation of Musical Works in Just Intonation. This project was a long journey, but well worth the work and wait. You can buy the CD via my discography page (which also doubles as my online store). Check out the press release, learn more about the artists, explore educational links on Just Intonation, and more at www.theharmonicseries.com. Read what Baltimore's City Paper had to say about it and listen to mp3 samples of a few tracks at www.importantrecords.com. Enjoy.