Full Title: My lord Music, I most humbly beg your indulgence in the hope that you will do me the honour of permitting this seed called Keiji Haino to be planted within you
For over 25 years, Keiji Haino has used the hurdy gurdy to channel dark dimensions—creating music that bridges the centuries between distant medieval eras and a future awash in densely layered sounds that grind and float in an otherworldly atmosphere. My lord Music… is a suite of nine pieces that reveals the startlingly distinctive and wide range of Haino’s approach to the instrument. The music is at once dissonant and hypnotic, rich with unfurling drones that dynamically ebb and flow—Haino’s musical sensibility and physicality, always present and unmistakable.
My lord Music… is the first release in Haino’s newly relaunched Purple Trap imprint, produced in collaboration with Black Editions and personally supervised by the artist himself. Purple Trap will present the full breadth of Keiji Haino’s works through both archival recordings and newly recorded pieces, all made available in small one-time physical editions as well as on digital platforms.
2LP pure black paper gatefold with metallic silver printing and black paper inner sleeves
Keiji Haino—My lord Music... 2LP
Keiji Haino - Hurdy Gurdy
Recorded April 7, 2019 at Zebulon, Los Angeles, California
Recorded and mixed by Toshi Kasai
Mastering by Elysian Masters
Photographs by Kazuyuki Funaki
Design by Takuya Kitamura
Translation by Alan Cummings
Performance produced by Black Editions and Blum & Poe Gallery as part of Parergon: Japanese Art of the 1980's and 1990's curated by Mika Yoshitake