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1 - DIAZ DE LEON, MARIO - SANCTUARY - (CD) 
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"For the third full length document of his classical works, Mario Diaz de Leon presents his most unified offering to date, distilling the modernistic hellfire of his previous releases to a crystalline essence. "Sanctuary" is an album length piece created in collaboration with TAK Ensemble, a brilliant NYC based quintet devoted to energetic and virtuosic performances of contemporary music. Featuring soprano voice, flute, violin, bass clarinet, marimba, and the composers own synthesizer work, the album is a hypnotic and ritualistic journey through realms of angelic and demonic experience, combining acoustic and electronic elements with visionary intensity.Since 2002, Mario Diaz de Leon has created a significant body of new works for acoustic instruments and electronics. Following his teenage years playing hardcore punk, metal, and electronic music, Diaz de Leon was inspired by the mystically oriented modernisms of Stockhausen, Scelsi, Messiaen, and Dumitrescu, and soon after developed his signature style while a student at Oberlin Conservatory. His debut album as composer, ""Enter Houses Of"" was released in 2009 on John Zorn's Tzadik label, and praised by the New York Times for its ""hallucinatory intensity"". A second album, entitled ""The Soul is the Arena"", was released in 2015 on Denovali, and was named a notable recording of the year by New Yorker Magazine. Pitchfork wrote that the album ""combines his interests seamlessly into music that throbs with snarling exuberance."" Both releases were performed by his longtime collaborators in the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).He currently leads the metal band Luminous Vault as vocalist and guitarist, whose "Charismata" EP was released on Profound Lore Records in spring 2017. From 2012-2016, his solo electronic project Oneirogen (o-NI-ro-jen) toured internationally and released three full length albums on Denovali. He collaborated with director Zev Deans to create the score for Alien: Biotic, a short film commissioned by Fox as part of the official Alien: Covenant campaign. In 2016, the Los Angeles Philharmonic commissioned and premiered his "Lightmass" for their "Noon to Midnight" festival of contemporary music. He has also collaborated with Nate Young of Wolf Eyes on "Standard Deviance One", which they recently performed at Tectonics Festival Glasgow with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Born in Minnesota, he has lived in in New York City since 2004, and received a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University in 2013, where he currently teaches. "21st century chamber music that combines crystalline clarity with the disorienting turbulence of a sonic vortex." - WIRE Magazine"Plenty of people can write a one-off amplified piece for chamber musicians, but few artists have built a language as stable and rewarding as Diaz de Leons." - PitchforkTAK ENSEMBLELaura Cocks - fluteLiam Kinson - bass clarinet, clarinetCharlotte Mundy - voiceMarina Kifferstein - violinEllery Trafford - marimba, percussionwith Mario Diaz de Leon - synthesizer

TRACKLISTING: 01. Blades Of Light 7:30 02. Balance 6:18 03. Heart Cave 6:19 04. Seraph Synapse 5:02 05. Sanctuary 3:39 06. Tongues Of Fire 11:22

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Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 27-10-2017
Item # : 506784     
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2 - DIAZ DE LEON, MARIO - SANCTUARY - (LP) 
DENOVALI


"For the third full length document of his classical works, Mario Diaz de Leon presents his most unified offering to date, distilling the modernistic hellfire of his previous releases to a crystalline essence. "Sanctuary" is an album length piece created in collaboration with TAK Ensemble, a brilliant NYC based quintet devoted to energetic and virtuosic performances of contemporary music. Featuring soprano voice, flute, violin, bass clarinet, marimba, and the composers own synthesizer work, the album is a hypnotic and ritualistic journey through realms of angelic and demonic experience, combining acoustic and electronic elements with visionary intensity.Since 2002, Mario Diaz de Leon has created a significant body of new works for acoustic instruments and electronics. Following his teenage years playing hardcore punk, metal, and electronic music, Diaz de Leon was inspired by the mystically oriented modernisms of Stockhausen, Scelsi, Messiaen, and Dumitrescu, and soon after developed his signature style while a student at Oberlin Conservatory. His debut album as composer, ""Enter Houses Of"" was released in 2009 on John Zorn's Tzadik label, and praised by the New York Times for its ""hallucinatory intensity"". A second album, entitled ""The Soul is the Arena"", was released in 2015 on Denovali, and was named a notable recording of the year by New Yorker Magazine. Pitchfork wrote that the album ""combines his interests seamlessly into music that throbs with snarling exuberance."" Both releases were performed by his longtime collaborators in the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).He currently leads the metal band Luminous Vault as vocalist and guitarist, whose "Charismata" EP was released on Profound Lore Records in spring 2017. From 2012-2016, his solo electronic project Oneirogen (o-NI-ro-jen) toured internationally and released three full length albums on Denovali. He collaborated with director Zev Deans to create the score for Alien: Biotic, a short film commissioned by Fox as part of the official Alien: Covenant campaign. In 2016, the Los Angeles Philharmonic commissioned and premiered his "Lightmass" for their "Noon to Midnight" festival of contemporary music. He has also collaborated with Nate Young of Wolf Eyes on "Standard Deviance One", which they recently performed at Tectonics Festival Glasgow with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Born in Minnesota, he has lived in in New York City since 2004, and received a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University in 2013, where he currently teaches. "21st century chamber music that combines crystalline clarity with the disorienting turbulence of a sonic vortex." - WIRE Magazine"Plenty of people can write a one-off amplified piece for chamber musicians, but few artists have built a language as stable and rewarding as Diaz de Leons." - PitchforkTAK ENSEMBLELaura Cocks - fluteLiam Kinson - bass clarinet, clarinetCharlotte Mundy - voiceMarina Kifferstein - violinEllery Trafford - marimba, percussionwith Mario Diaz de Leon - synthesizer

TRACKLISTING: 01. Blades Of Light 7:30 02. Balance 6:18 03. Heart Cave 6:19 04. Seraph Synapse 5:02 05. Sanctuary 3:39 06. Tongues Of Fire 11:22


Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 08-12-2017
Item # : 506785     
Availability: IN STOCK
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3 - DIAZ DE LEON, MARIO - THE SOUL IS THE ARENA - (CD) 
DENOVALI


"Mario Diaz de Leon is emerging as a singular voice in contemporary music. With a body of work that cannot be neatly categorized, his music is marked by a sound that is both hallucinatory and intensely physical, and an aesthetic engagement with the role of mysticism in contemporary life.Born in Minnesota, Diaz de Leon expanded from his early years in metal and hardcore punk to immerse himself in the work of 20th century composers Scelsi, Ligeti, Dumitrescu, and Xenakis, free improvisation, a wide range of electronic music, and noise / industrial music. Based in NYC since 2004, he completed a doctorate in music composition at Columbia University, while also immersing himself in NYC's experimental, noise, and underground metal scenes. His debut album as composer, ""Enter Houses Of"", was released in 2009 on John Zorn's Tzadik label and praised by the New York Times for its ""hallucinatory intensity"". The album marked a key point in his association with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), now acclaimed as "the new gold standard for new music"" (The New Yorker).As a solo performer, he is active under the name Oneirogen (o-NI-ro-jen), a project known for its merging of ethereal synths, brutal distortion, and noise influences. Since 2012, Oneirogen has toured internationally and released two full lengths and one EP on the Denovali label.""The Soul is the Arena"" is the long awaited follow up to his 2009 composer debut, and the first release of his classical works for Denovali. The album's three tracks find Diaz de Leon deepening his collaboration with the core members of ICE, now a decade long. The mythological trope of the labyrinth, where a winding path leads to a central event that demands a fundamental change of direction, features heavily in the album's blend of acoustic and electronic elements, where a wide variety of ideas are unified by continuous momentum and arresting points of climax.""Luciform"" and ""The Soul is the Arena"" pit virtuosic performances by soloists Claire Chase (flute) and Joshua Rubin (bass clarinet) against an array of vivid electronic textures. These range in character from doom-laden sub-bass to abrasive synthetic cacophony, recalling both Wolf Eyes and the early electronic works of Stockhausen. The elegiac ""Portals Before Dawn"" is written for a sextet of woodwinds, piano, percussion, and features Diaz de Leon himself on synthesizer. Reducing the density of the previous pieces to its essence, the work unfolds over 20 haunting minutes, transporting the listener through a boundless landscape of rising and falling intensities. Visionary and immersive, this is a bold body of work from an emerging master of modern composition.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Luciform 13:33 02. The Soul Is The Arena 9:34 03. Portals Before Dawn 19:52

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Format: CD

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 24-07-2015
Item # : 478502     
Availability: IN STOCK
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4 - DIAZ DE LEON, MARIO - THE SOUL IS THE ARENA - (LP) 
DENOVALI


"Mario Diaz de Leon is emerging as a singular voice in contemporary music. With a body of work that cannot be neatly categorized, his music is marked by a sound that is both hallucinatory and intensely physical, and an aesthetic engagement with the role of mysticism in contemporary life.Born in Minnesota, Diaz de Leon expanded from his early years in metal and hardcore punk to immerse himself in the work of 20th century composers Scelsi, Ligeti, Dumitrescu, and Xenakis, free improvisation, a wide range of electronic music, and noise / industrial music. Based in NYC since 2004, he completed a doctorate in music composition at Columbia University, while also immersing himself in NYC's experimental, noise, and underground metal scenes. His debut album as composer, ""Enter Houses Of"", was released in 2009 on John Zorn's Tzadik label and praised by the New York Times for its ""hallucinatory intensity"". The album marked a key point in his association with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), now acclaimed as "the new gold standard for new music"" (The New Yorker).As a solo performer, he is active under the name Oneirogen (o-NI-ro-jen), a project known for its merging of ethereal synths, brutal distortion, and noise influences. Since 2012, Oneirogen has toured internationally and released two full lengths and one EP on the Denovali label.""The Soul is the Arena"" is the long awaited follow up to his 2009 composer debut, and the first release of his classical works for Denovali. The album's three tracks find Diaz de Leon deepening his collaboration with the core members of ICE, now a decade long. The mythological trope of the labyrinth, where a winding path leads to a central event that demands a fundamental change of direction, features heavily in the album's blend of acoustic and electronic elements, where a wide variety of ideas are unified by continuous momentum and arresting points of climax.""Luciform"" and ""The Soul is the Arena"" pit virtuosic performances by soloists Claire Chase (flute) and Joshua Rubin (bass clarinet) against an array of vivid electronic textures. These range in character from doom-laden sub-bass to abrasive synthetic cacophony, recalling both Wolf Eyes and the early electronic works of Stockhausen. The elegiac ""Portals Before Dawn"" is written for a sextet of woodwinds, piano, percussion, and features Diaz de Leon himself on synthesizer. Reducing the density of the previous pieces to its essence, the work unfolds over 20 haunting minutes, transporting the listener through a boundless landscape of rising and falling intensities. Visionary and immersive, this is a bold body of work from an emerging master of modern composition.

TRACKLISTING: 01. Luciform 13:33 02. The Soul Is The Arena 9:34 03. Portals Before Dawn 19:52

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Format: LP

Disc Quantity: 1
Release date: 21-09-2015
Item # : 478503     
Availability: IN STOCK
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