In August 2022, Australia-based, French born fourth-world music legend Ariel Kalma was invited to participate in BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction series of special collaborations. The program pairs artists who have not previously worked together to create new music cooperatively.
Kalma was quick to suggest working with two musicians whom he had never met – International Anthem recording artists Jeremiah Chiu & Marta Sofia Honer, whose critically-acclaimed duo debut Recordings from the Åland Islands had been released just a few months earlier. An invitation was sent to Chiu and Honer, which was received with great enthusiasm, as Chiu had long been a fan of Kalma’s work, even citing him as a major influence on his approach to electronic music composition.
They began passing music back and forth, some that Kalma had started, and some that Honer & Chiu had started, with each adding to or editing the track before returning it to the other. The music would only go back and forth a few times before being finalized for the program.
However, there was a nagging suspicion that this 20-minute glimpse wasn’t the end of the story. With this in mind Kalma, Chiu and Honer agreed that they would continue to work together to try to push the music further. The Late Junction program was broadcast in September of 2022 and Kalma, Chiu and Honer simultaneously began expanding upon the music they had started for the purpose of the broadcast, working diligently for several months.
Their collective approach was born in improvisation and realized via collage-based editing. The end result brings several distinct musical moments—recorded sometimes decades apart—into conversation with one another, forming new narratives from building blocks of old ones. Ultimately, the collection of music highlights the work of all three musicians, intertwining the contextual immersion heard on Chiu & Honer’s Recordings from the Åland Islands with an inter generational reverence for (and the undeniable presence of) Kalma’s decades-spanning body of work.
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