KVITNU is pleased to announce new artist Malfinia Ensemblo with their first album "Varsovia". Recorded in Warsaw in late 2012, The Norman Conquest and Andi Stecher came together to work on their first album quite spontaneously after sharing a tour in Europe with their individual projects. Through the common idea of creating dark, abstract, and beat-driven pieces, Varsovia began to take shape. The outcome is multi-layered drums mingling with deep and dark synth lines destined to send the listener into the stratosphere and beyond. While the first 5 Tracks are more "song oriented", (with Agnes Szelag as a special guest on 2 tracks), the last piece "La Universo estas Atomo" is a side length sound voyage. Influenced by the look and feel of the city of Warsaw in late November, The Norman Conquest and Andi Stecher spent a few intense days in the studio sculpting this multi-dimensional album. It is an epic work, reflecting their common ground and travels through this intense and interconnected world.
Recorded in the shadow of the Palac Kultury i Nauki w Warszawie in November, 2012.
Special thanks to Miron Grzegorkiewicz, How How & Kvitnu.
Credits released 27 September 2014
Music by Malfinia Ensemblo
Andi Stecher – drums, percussion & composition.
The Norman Conquest – analog synthesizers, electric bass, electric cello, charango, composition, recording, sound manipulation, mixing & mastering.
Agnes Szelag – vocals & electronics (tracks 2 & 3).
Artwork - silk printed graphic illusions on a black cardboard - by Zavoloka.
Malfinia Ensemblo is the duo of The Norman Conquest and Andi Stecher. Malfinia Ensemblo was born from a desire to work, assimilate, and revitalize the western club and beat culture with a more experimental and open language. With their work, Malfinia Ensemblo combines and touches upon genres such as Krautrock/Darkwave/Hip-Hop/Shoegaze/Post-Rock/Pop; but they always remain faithful to their noise, improvisation, and experimental backgrounds. The band name comes from the unifying language of Esperanto, and translates to “Infinite Ensemble." The band chose Esperanto to represent their diverse roots as well as the current interconnectedness of the world.
Austrian born and Berlin based Drummer / Performer / Composer. Works in a wide variety of genres of Music / Sounds / Performing Arts.
His recent artistic focus lies on working and researching for his Solo Pieces (exploring ways to find a natural and fluid way and approach of combining drumset playing with analogue and digital electronics), aswell as beeing a drummer / percussionist in numerous projects / bands / free improv constellations.
His recent projects and collaborators include: Ava Mendoza, Doudou N'Diaye Rose ( Deggi Daaj 2014 ), ME presents Jeri Jeri, Marcela Ruiz Quintero, Eliad Wagner, Colin Hacklander, MuseRuole Festival, Antti Virtaranta, Ignaz Schick.
The Norman Conquest [TNC] (b. 1980, Tulsa, OK) is a composer, performer, and improviser of music influenced by the art of sound recording (and vice versa). Feedback is a constant source of musical, psychological, and philosophical inspiration for TNC.
TNC performs as a sound manipulator and vocalist in Cosa Brava (with Fred Frith, Zeena Parkins, Carla Kihlstedt, Matthias Bossi, & Shahzad Ismaily), Art Bears Songbook, & Dokuro (with Agnes Szelag).TNC has performed all over the western hemisphere in such venerable places as: the FIMAV Festival (Victoriaville, Quebec), the Musique Action Festival (Nancy, France), KFJC (radio broadcast of a 24 Hour Drone), the Luggage Store Gallery (San Francisco, CA), the Trinity Chamber Concert Series (Berkeley, CA), Music for People & Thingamajigs, the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival, & many others. http://www.thenormanconquest.net