Conceived by producers, Tim Motzer (Nine Horses/Ursula Rucker) and Enrico Marani, Secret Voices combines epic compositions, potent improvisations and mesmeric wordplay from a unique collective of poets and musicians. An ambitious collision of ambient, dub, classical, free jazz, and electronics, laced with Motzer's trademark guitar feedback and loops, Secret Voices also features the sublime poetry of Ursula Rucker (4 Hero), Rich Medina, Elliott Levin (Cecil Taylor), Kalaf Angelo and Adriano Englebrecht. Musicians Barry Meehan, Jeremy Carlstedt and Gloria Justen all make powerful contributions to Motzer and Marani's compelling and culturally eclectic dark cinematic vision.
Original paintings created specifically for this album by
stefano ricci (hamburg)
Featuring Ursula Rucker, Rich Medina, Elliott Levin (plus flutes & saxes) & Kalaf Angelo all on voices plus Tim Motzer on guitars, Barry Meehan on bass, Enrico Marani on electronics, Jeremy Carlstedt on drums and others. I've known Philly legend Elliott Levin for nearly forty years and continue to be amazed by his diverse talents. Mr. Levin is a
great saxist (tenor & soprano), flutist, poet & performer who has
played in New Ghost, Interplay, Taka-Iki and shows up to jam more
than any other local musician except for perhaps Daniel Carter.
Generally anything Elliott is involved in is worth checking out.
'Secret Voices' features Mr. Levin's voice, sax & flute as well
as a few other Philly-based poets/vocalists and musicians with whom I
was not yet familiar. The results are consistently enchanting,
illuminating and fascinating. The different voices are used
selectively, well-woven within the spacious, hypnotic music and sly
grooves. Each of the four long pieces features a different voice or
small group of voices. The first voice is someone named Adriano
Engelbrecht who speaks in Italian (?) and plays strings. I found this
entire hour-long+ disc to be consistently mesmerizing. - Bruce Lee
Gallanter, DMG NYC
released January 1, 2007
The Chain Chant 13:27
interpolating Tristan Fragment, and Finally without Chains (engelbrect-vermi, marani, meehan, motzer)
adriano engelbrecht – voice, poem, viola, and violino
enrico marani – electronics, beat programming
tim motzer –electric & slide guitar
barry meehan – bass
elliott levin – flutes
To Be Perfectly… Frank 18:58
interpolating Déjà Vu Dued All Over Again, and Displaced By The Blink Of A Third-Eye (levin, marani, motzer, meehan)
elliott levin – voice, poem, saxophones
barry meehan – bass loops
enrico marani – electronics, strings, piano samples
tim motzer – guitar loops + frequency guitar
jeremy carlstedt – drums
A Silence Invades Me 14:27 (angelo, motzer, marani, meehan)
kalaf angelo – voice, poem - ‘lisbon conference”
benedicte de dorlodot – voice translation echo
tim motzer – electric guitars, loops, beat programming
enrico marani – electronics
barry meehan – bass
What Could They Do? 15:05 (medina, rucker, motzer, meehan, marani)
rich medina – voice and poem – “untitled poem”
ursula rucker – voice and poem – “I am that little girl again”
tim motzer – feedback guitars, guitar loops
enrico marani – electronics barry meehan – bass, bass loops
gloria justen – violins jeremy carlstedt – drums
produced and arranged by tim motzer for one k music group
with enrico marani for movingbox soundproductions
paintings: stefano ricci (hamburg)
design: benjamin langsfeld
secret voices was recorded between 2004 and 2006 in philadelphia at nautica by tim motzer. additional recordings in reggio emilia, italy by enrico marani at movingbox lab and in lisbon, portugal by joao 'lil john'
barbosa at get plugged studio.
mix translation by jeff chestek with tim motzer. assisted by barry meehan.
mixed april-may 2006 at the attic and at nautica, philadelphia.
mastered by pete humphreys at masterwork philadelphia.
executive producer: tim motzer for one k music group