"KAT" &"MOON" in Manna-hata CD
by Yael Acher “KAT” MODIANO
Progressive Funky Electro-acoustic Jazz for Film and Choreography
All tracks composed and produced by Yael Acher “KAT” Modiano.
Yael Acher “KAT” Modiano- Flute & EFX on all tracks, and Electronics on tracks #1, #4, #6, #7, #9, and Voice on track #6- text from The Navajo Beauty Way Ceremony
Daniel Muschinsky- Fender Rhodes Piano on tracks #1 and #8
Kristor Brødsgaard- Double bass on tracks #1 and #8
DJ Lars B- Beats and EFX on track #8
Wycliffe Gordon- Trombone and Fender Rhodes Piano on tracks # 2, #3, #6, #7
Corcoran Holt- Double bass on tracks # 2, #3, #6, #7
Randy Crafton- Middle Eastern, African and custom made Percussion on # 2, #3, #6
Rashad Dobbins- MC / Poet on track #5
Ameen Saleem- El Bass on track #5
Jeremy ‘BEAN’ Clemons- Drums on track #5
Track #1- Recorded live at Copenhagen Jazzhouse by Danish Radio, Copenhagen, Denmark. Lars Palsig - Sound engineer, Anders H. Lund - producer, August 12th, 2004.
Tracks # 2, #3, #6, #7 - Recorded at Kaleidoscope Sound by Randy Crafton, Union City, NJ, September 25th, 2013.
Track #4- Composed, edited and mixed by Yael Acher “KAT” Modiano, New York City, USA, October 2013.
Track #5- Recorded and mixed by Stephen DeAcutis- Sound engineer, at Sound Spa Recording NJ, USA, May 20th, 2006.
Track #8- Recorded at Sun Studio by Andreas Hvild, Copenhagen, DK, December 5th, 2005. Mixed by DJ Lars B.
Track #9- Recorded, edited and mixed at Lydlaboratoriet- Huset by Jan Farø, Copenhagen, DK, January to December 1996.
All Tracks mastered by Gene Paul, at G&J Audio, Union City, NJ, December 2013.
Tracks # 2, #3, #6, #7 mixed by Gene Paul.
CD cover artwork by Roni Acker
Front Cover Photo by Supramod VD
ABOUT THE MUSIC
- "Yael Acher is a flutist who isn't about faking the funk…her hard-edged Junk Kat Modiano ensemble is run from the kick drum."- Time Out, New York.
- “…Acher raises the excitement level frequently by using overblowing techniques to ignite the collective voices.”- Cadence Magazine, Frank Rubolino, NYC.
-“…inheritance of post-hard-bop is specially original and convincing.” – Jazz Magazine, Thierry Quénum, Paris.
- “Very dense…highly original interaction between organic and non-organic….” – Berlingske Tidende, Kjeld Frandsen. Cph.
The international award winning Israeli/Danish flutist & composer Yael Acher “KAT” Modiano is a resident of New York City, and works with diverse genres of music and multi media.
Modiano has been leading her cutting edge Jazz group in performances, recordings, releases, broadcasting features, and reviews in Europe and USA. Some credits include such venues as the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, BAMcafe, Galapagos in New York City. Copenhagen Jazz House, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, Dexter, Rust and Jazz i Malmö in Scandinavia.
Modiano’s fringy format of Progressive Electro-acoustic Jazz exposes a wide variety of pulsating expressions, from structured orchestration to groovy free-style FUNKY tunes in different moods. Its RETRO influence from 60’s / 70’s Jazz and film soundtracks blend with influences from ritualistic nomadic music, progressive Hip Hop, Soul and the French Music concrete- electronic music pioneers.
THE SOUND created here by “KAT” Modiano is a combination of her Flute & Effects with Electronic tracks, supported by pulsating rhythm sections, unusual chord progression, trombone and voice performed here by master artists.
THE ALBUM TITLE originates from visual, philosophical and cultural themes that are a source of great inspiration for the artist:
“KAT”&”MOON” is named after a frame from “Krazy Kat” surreal cartoon strip, created during 1910’s- 40’s by the American cartoon artist George Herriman.
Manna-hata (=Island of Many hills) is the original Native name of Manhattan, and it pays homage to the original inhabitants of this magical urban island.