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cuzn ed
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cuzn ed About 1/3 thru it so far, and already i agree that this is an important performance to release to the public. “Cusp” and “Larks 2” are worth the price of admission alone.
(Frustrated to learn of this October release in December, but i guess that just means i need to pay more attention to social media...?)
Sal Pichireddu
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Sal Pichireddu The third Stick Men+ collaboration is really something special. While David Cross and Mel Collins are or were members of King Crimson, the keyboarder (and drummer) Gary Husband has no direct ties to the "mothership". The result is quite unique and moves the typical mix of hard and lyrical moments closer to Canterbury prog. One of the best releases of this year. Favorite track: Prog Noir.
John Geelan
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John Geelan Big fan of the band (seen them at NYC's The Iridium) and all the respective groups they have played in over the years. Favorite track: Prog Noir.
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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    STICK MEN with GARY HUSBAND (Limited Edition 2LP, 180 grams vinyl).
    European pressing, gatefold, 180 grams, double LP album.
    Purchase includes an automatic download of the album in any or all format of Your choice; WAV, FLAC, ALAC/M4A, MP3-320, 24bit / 96kHz quality.

    Files from live recording multitraks: digital 24/44.100
    Mix: full analogue to Master: digital 24/192
    Copy master from digital to tape master with Eq analogue correction (this is the original for the tapes masters).
    Tape master to digital for mastering for CD, Cassettes, vinyl and HD Download

    SHIPS around mid NOVEMBER 2020.

    EUROPEAN ORDERS WILL BE SHIPPED FROM AUSTRIA or SPAIN.

    Includes unlimited streaming of OWARI via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    24bit 96khz downloads. WAV or FLAC or ALAC/M4A or MP3-320 or all of them.
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    STICK MEN with GARY HUSBAND (Limited Edition Cobalt Cassette Box)
    Only 100 to be made.

    Purchase includes an automatic download of the album in any or all format of Your choice; WAV, FLAC, ALAC/M4A, MP3-320, 24bit / 96kHz quality.

    Files from live recording multitraks: digital 24/44.100
    Mix: full analogue to Master: digital 24/192
    Copy master from digital to tape master with Eq analogue correction (this is the original for the tapes masters).
    Tape master to digital for mastering for CD, Cassettes, vinyl and HD Download

    ALL ORDERS WILL BE SHIPPED FROM ITALY, around MID NOVEMBER 2020.

    Produced in association with RItmo & Blu (Italy) and sound engineer Stefano Castagna.

    All the productions linked to the Ritmo & Blu studio, from the mixing to the realization of the master tapes, are faced with an artisanal approach.

    The realization of the cassettes does not take place with industrial duplication but with 10 duplicators that record with a 1/1 step which means that if a cassette lasts an hour, the recording time will be one hour. The cassettes are made from a digital file made at 24 / 96khz.

    The cassettes used contain a cobalt tape, which has always been the best formula for making cassettes and the special box is created and assembled by a factory with which we choose the model and color of the cassette, evaluated from time to time for the type of production.

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  • STICK MEN with GARY HUSBAND MASTER-TAPE - On Demand Order
    The set includes 2 MASTER-TAPE of 30 minutes each.

    Ships starting the first week of November from Italy, orders must be placed at least 30 days before shipping. Shipping will be calculated separately once the order is processed .

    Purchase includes an automatic download of the album in any or all format of Your choice; WAV, FLAC, ALAC/M4A, MP3-320, 24bit / 96kHz quality.

    Files from live recording multitraks: digital 24/44.100
    Mix: full analogue to Master: digital 24/192
    Copy master from digital to tape master with Eq analogue correction (this is the original for the tapes masters).
    Tape master to digital for mastering for CD, Cassettes, vinyl and HD Download

    EUROPEAN ORDERS WILL BE SHIPPED FROM ITALY by MID OCTOBER 2020.
    FREE SHIPPING TO ALL EUROPEAN ADDRESSES.

    Produced in association with RItmo & Blu (Italy) and sound engineer Stefano Castagna.

    All the productions linked to the Ritmo & Blu studio, from the mixing to the realization of the master tapes, are faced with an artisanal approach.

    Master Tapes have a very complicated making process. From the original first generation matrix, made with a 1975 MCI JH110 recorder, we create subsequent copies using Telefunken M10 recorders. Each tape is certified and numbered..

    Format Tapes:
    2 tracks, 1/4 "
    Tape SM900
    Speed: 15 Ips
    Eq: CCIR or Nab

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    edition of 50 
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    STICK MEN with Gary Husband -> Owari T-Shirt
    All sizes from S to 5XL.
    Full color on Charcoal Grey.
    (5XL size T-shirts are black)

    Shipping from September 16, 2020.

    Includes Free Digital Download of the tune 'Mantra', from STICK MEN's Live In Costa Rica show featured on PANAMERICA 5CD Box Set,

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  • Full Digital Discography

    Get all 10 Stick Men - MoonJune releases available on Bandcamp and save 15%.

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality downloads of OWARI, PANAMERICA (Disc 1): Improvs (Bolivia, Argentina, Brazil), PANAMERICA (Discs 3&4): Full Show (Costa Rica), PANAMERICA (Disc 2): Suites (Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Chile), PANAMERICA (Disc 5): Soundscapes (Argentina, Mexico, Guatemala), Roppongi, KONNEKTED (Free Download), Prog Noir (Bonus Tracks), and 2 more. , and , .

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  • STICK MEN with GARY HUSBAND - OWARI (CD Special Edition w/bonus track)
    Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    STICK MEN with GARY HUSBAND - OWARI (Special Edition w/bonus track)
    Rigid cover with 28 pages booklet, one disk.
    Includes bonus track.
    Ships around the first week of November.
    Pre-Order price before October 1st 2020 is $23.00 + shipping.
    After October 1st is $25.00 + shipping.
    Purchase includes an automatic download of the album in any or all format of Your choice; WAV, FLAC, ALAC/M4A, MP3-320, 24bit / 96kHz quality.

    Files from live recording multitraks: digital 24/44.100
    Mix: full analogue to Master: digital 24/192
    Copy master from digital to tape master with Eq analogue correction (this is the original for the tapes masters).
    Tape master to digital for mastering for CD, Cassettes, vinyl and HD Download

    EUROPEAN ORDERS WILL BE SHIPPED FROM AUSTRIA or SPAIN.

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Hajime 05:20
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Cusp 04:51
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Schattenhaft 04:28
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Owari 05:37 video
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Prog Noir 06:15
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Level 5 06:48

about

In middle of 2019, Leonardo Pavkovic of MoonJune Music was constructing plans for a whirlwind Asian tour in the early part of 2020 of Stick Men. The band – comprised of the legendary King Crimson veteran battery of Tony Levin (Chapman stick) and Pat Mastelotto (drums, acoustic and electronic percussion), and the budding uber-genius composer and touch guitarist, Markus Reuter – was excited about the prospects, as the tour would include four nights in China, where they had never previously performed. The prospective itinerary they drew up also included four nights in Japan, as well as a stop in Hong Kong.

Adding additional excitement and buzz to the tour was the inclusion of special guest, UK drums/piano/keyboards icon Gary Husband (Allan Holdsworth; John McLaughlin, Jack Bruce), joining the band for the abbreviated, but highly anticipated Far East tour.

Little did "Mr. MoonJune" (Leonardo Pavkovic) or any of the band members realize the fate which would soon befall the tour. Firstly, in November 2019, the Hong Kong promoter was forced to postpone the show, due to the growing political unrest which engulfed the city. Then, in early February 2020, Blue Note China cancelled the scheduled shows in Beijing and Shanghai due to the rapidly spreading Covid-19 pandemic – further complicating matters of both finance and travel logistics. And a lucrative Asian tour was reduced to a four-night blitzkreig of Japan: Blue Note Nagoya (1 show), Billboard Live Osaka (1 night, 2 shows), and Billboard Live Tokyo (2 nights, 2 shows).

But the challenges weren't over: after flight plans were rerouted [seeing the band members, Gary, Leonardo and the Stick Men’s designated '4th man' – sound engineer and sonic wizard, Robert Frazza – arrive from four different departure points (New York, Austin/Texas, Berlin and London), the tour entourage arrived in Nagoya, on February 26th; slated for a day of relax after long flights and a short ‘rehearsal’ and discussion about the music to be performed, at the table in the hotel’s reception hall, prior to the first performance at Blue Note Nagoya, on the 28th. When they arrived at the venue for load-in, rehearsal and soundcheck, the afternoon of the first show, Leonardo received a call from a Billboard Live Osaka representative. It was with extreme disappointment that he informed the band of the news that that night's show would their only performance: Japan's national government had declared a state of emergency, and all public venues were to be closed indefinitely, commencing the following day (February 29th).

Once again, it was time to reroute flights and majorly adjust. Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Robert Frazza decided to fly back to the USA on March 1 from Tokyo, while Markus Reuter and Gary Husband decided to stay in the Japanese capital for another 3 days – encouraged by Pavkovic, who wished to further document the events and occasion through recording a duo album of the two maestros. There was a sense among the three that the world as we know it was on the cusp of profound changes – ones which would profoundly alter life, going forward. On a tour where it seemed "Murphy's Law" had reared its ugly head, both this album and the subsequently recorded "Music Of Our Times" – an emotional, evocative, magnum opus duet, channeled through messengers Reuter and Husband – were brought to life.

Seeing first release, the Husband Reuter duet has already received glowing reviews from scores of critics and listeners, alike, across the globe. Perhaps reflecting the impassioned sentiments of both the cancelled tour and the impending crisis facing humanity, the music reflected the pensive fervor of the moment in a poignant, deeply honest and personal manner.

But, we're digressing...

This Stick Men’s album – the aptly named OWARI (which translates from Japanese to English as "The End") – is also a timeless document. Although Stick Men is one of those groups who record each and every live show, the group knew that this lone performance was destined for an album pressing. Not just because of the volatile, devolving nature of the tour which fell apart; nor, the financial hara-kiri destined to be part of the imploded tour's legacy.

This album had to see release because it is truly a monumental performance. Although the low attendance crowd in Nagoya, due to the COVID fear, of the show which only a month before promised to be sold out, may have sensed they were in for something uniquely special, no one could have been prepared for what hit them! Truly, the addition of special guest Gary Husband on keyboards was a stroke of pure genius. From the first notes of "Hajime" (the record's opening cut), there is an ethereal majesty which comes to the fore. This music HAD to be performed; and it begs to be listened to. To say that Gary's work fit into the Stick Men continuum is gross understatement. Although this album marks their first public performance together, and with only a few hours of rehearsal at the soundcheck and some verbal discussion about the music day before the show, Husband sounds more like a veteran group member, rather than a player who sat in with the band for the first time at the day of the show!

Indeed, his contributions here cannot be understated ... a perfect compliment to proceedings. The textural components Gary lends to "Hide The Trees" and the title track (among many) leaves you wondering how future renderings of the song may sound, performed in his absence. His subtle counterpoints to Tony Levin's aggressive bass lines on "Schattenhaft" provide a perfect backdrop for Markus Reuter's soaring, melodic lead work; and his reharmonization / reimaging of "Prog Noir" takes a modern-day prog classic (and one of Stick Men's rare non-instrumentals!) down an alternative path that no one ever saw coming ... profoundly brilliant stuff: it takes a great song, turns it on its head, and makes it an epic!

Every song on OWARI is its own shimmering gem; its multi-faceted nature exposed and brought center stage through the harmonic depths Husband's keyboard work explores. This is supreme progressive fare, showing casing four artists at the heights of their respective creative brilliance.

Special mention has to be spent for Markus Reuter, who produced an intense live recording as it is the band’s studio album, in collaboration with renown Italian audio master engineer, Stefano Castagna, who mixed and mastered the album entirely in analog domain.

Stick Men is a band in constant progression and evolution. As a trio, which has performed hundreds and hundreds of shows all around the world since their inception in 2009 (Markus has joined two original members, Tony and Pat, in the late 2010), as well with special guests, Mel Collins and David Cross of the King Crimson hall of fame, and specially now with collaboration with Gary Husband.

Owari isn't 'the end’ per se, but is the new beginning of the band, closing the 11 years long chapter and starting a new one, and more adventurous one.

As you may already be discovering, the music herein is timeless. Stick Men – for all their many accomplishments -- have never sounded bigger, better or more complete. From the ashes of a steadily devolving – and, ultimately, one-show-only tour – arose this momentous musical document.

credits

released October 1, 2020

OWARI Track List and Credits CD Deluxe Edition:

1. Hajime (Peace) 5:19
2. Hide the Trees 6:44
3. Cusp 4:52
4. Larks‘ Tongues in Aspic, Part II 6:22
5. Schattenhaft 4:28
6. Crack in the Sky 5:33
7. Owari 5:36
8. Prog Noir 6:16
9. Swimming in T 9:02
10. Level 5 6:46
11. Bonus Track: The End of the Tour 16:06

Tony Levin: Chapman Stick, voice
Pat Mastelotto: Acoustic and electronic drums & percussion
Markus Reuter: Touch Guitars® AU8, soundscapes
Gary Husband: Keyboards

Mixed and mastered by Stefano Castagna at Ritmo&Blu studios

Produced by Markus Reuter for Stick Men

(c) & (p) 2020 Stick Men Records, MoonJune Records

MJR106

www.tonylevin.comwww.patmastelotto.com
www.markusreuter.comwww.garyhusband.com


Recorded live at Blue Note Nagoya, Japan, on February 28 2020
FOH & Recording Engineer: Robert Frazza

Mixed and mastered by Stefano Castagna at Ritmo&Blu studios
Produced by Markus Reuter for Stick Men

“Hajime” includes a sample of Deborah Carter Mastelotto
reciting Pete Sinfield‘s “Peace”.

Cover artwork by Hajo Müller
Design and layout by Bernhard Wöstheinrich / studioflokati.de
Photographs in this booklet by
Tony Levin and Leonardo Pavkovic

Markus thanks Erik Emil Eskildsen, Curt at Red Panda,
Barry Cleveland at Line 6, Stefan Huth at Touch Guitars®,
and Patrick at Gator Cases.

Pat thanks, for years of love and support: John, Garrison and Fuji Maru at DW Japan, Christian at Paiste cymbals, Steve at Evans Heads, Ben at Vic Firth, John at Hammeraxe, Andrew at Roland, Anne at SIMM Audio, Kris at Big Fat Snare, and Mr. Morfbeats.

Gratitude to all the local promoter and crew, especially Masahide Goto of AMSA Records.

Very special thanks to Mr. Onuma from Blue Note Nagoya, Tomoya Ogawa, Dee Sakamoto and Yukihiro Kayama of Billboard Live Japan.

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