355

Sainkho Namchylak / Dickson Dee: Tea Opera

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Sainkho Namchylak / Dickson Dee: Tea Opera Dickson Dee (Li Chin Sung) is an enterprising artist and businessman, responsible for opening up many doors via Independent label distribution and various production efforts for artists in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. He's embedded his wares into a global setting, while also recording for John Zorn's Tzadik label on his 1996 solo debut, PAST. An adventurous proponent of avant live electronics, Dee's craft shines radiantly throughout this persuasive collaboration with experimental and highly-regarded Tuvan throat singer, Sainkho Namchylak.

The duo celebrates the holistic attributes of Chinese Tea on this otherworldly extravaganza. Here, Namchylak uses her broad vocal faculties as an instrument that complements and intertwines with Dee's ethereal and rhythmic electronics applications. They paint a multicolored portraiture, teeming with spacey backdrops amid mystical storylines that bob and weave to complement a few bizarre tribal-like passages. Namchylak is an amazing vocalist, possessing razor-sharp control as she also partakes in numerous off-kilter sound-shaping endeavors with Dee.

Namchylak uses a wide spectrum of registers to impart a sometimes, bizarre slant on Asian modalities atop Dee's oscillating metrics, where the latter incorporates analog sine wave manipulations and driving pulses into the grand mix. The twosome generates moody undercurrents amid dark, ethereal and free-form dialogues. On "Ninth Story," they morph noise music with asymmetrical grooves atop a quasi-African pulse, while Namchyluk uses her lower register intonations as a percussion instrument.



With Tea Opera, Namchylak and Dee bestow a highly impressionistic and meticulously designed ode to the aura of Chinese tea.


Track Listing: First Story; Second Story; Third Story; Fourth Story; Fifth Story; Sixth Story; Seventh Story; Eight Story; Ninth Story.

Personnel: Sainkho Namchylak: voice; Dickson Dee: live electronics.

Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: Leo Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read The Invariant CD/LP/Track Review The Invariant
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 22, 2017
Read Akua's Dance CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read Daylight Ghosts CD/LP/Track Review Daylight Ghosts
by Mark Sullivan
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "A Missing Shade of Blue" CD/LP/Track Review A Missing Shade of Blue
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: July 22, 2016
Read "Live At Shinjuku Pit Inn" CD/LP/Track Review Live At Shinjuku Pit Inn
by Nicola Negri
Published: September 9, 2016
Read "Free for One" CD/LP/Track Review Free for One
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 29, 2016
Read "Second Stream" CD/LP/Track Review Second Stream
by Troy Dostert
Published: January 26, 2017
Read "The Candy Men" CD/LP/Track Review The Candy Men
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 28, 2016
Read "One: Detroit-Cleveland Trio" CD/LP/Track Review One: Detroit-Cleveland Trio
by Troy Dostert
Published: September 7, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!