Various Artists – Weavings
released February 25, 2022
Conceived by: Nicolás Jaar
Artists curated by: Nicolás Jaar, Mat Schulz, Gosia Plysa
Artists: Aho Ssan, Ka Baird, Angel Bat Dawid, Ellen Fullman, Dirar Kalash, Księżyc, Laraaji, Nicolás Jaar , Resina, Paweł Szamburski, Juliana Huxtable, Rolando Hernández Guzmán, and Wukir Suryadi and Rully Shabara of Senyawa
Mixed by: Nicolás Jaar
Mastered by: Stefan Betke / scape mastering
Online production: Popesz Csaba Láng
Online production manager: Magda Tutka
Cover art: Susanna Gonzo
Commissioned by: Unsound
Released by: Other People and Unsound
Supported by: Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, City of Krakow
“Weavings” was recorded on September 30th, 2020 and streamed on October 1st, 2020. An excerpt from ‘Weavings’ was previously released as part of the Unsound “Intermission” album.
Conceived by Nicolás Jaar, “Weavings” is a durational improvisation structured in the manner of a long fabric of sound. Artists include Aho Ssan, Ka Baird, Angel Bat Dawid, Ellen Fullman, Dirar Kalash, Księżyc, Laraaji, Jaar himself, Resina, Paweł Szamburski, Juliana Huxtable, Rolando Hernández Guzmán, and Wukir Suryadi and Rully Shabara of Senyawa.
The work was recorded in one sitting without a break on 30th November, for the Unsound 2020 online edition, with performers joining from around the world using Zoom and a high resolution audio plug-in. Jaar had less than 24 hours to mix the work into a whole, then streamed it live from his own computer as the first performance of the festival. Remarkably, the stream felt like an event, referencing Unsound opening shows in the theatres of Krakow.
The “Weavings” album is that mix, unaltered since the broadcast except for subsequent mastering, and the splicing into tracks: a document of the lockdown period in which it was created, yet also timeless.
The drone-like qualities of ‘Weavings’ are not only a result of its durational form, but also the technology employed, with minute delays between what each musician hears from other performers and what they play in response.
A second part of “Weavings” was performed IRL at Unsound Krakow 2021 on 17th October, and will be released later this year as a companion to this album.
“Weavings” is co-released digitally by the Unsound and Other People labels, with all profit split between the participating artists. Until 10th March, all income will go to Kraków-based Salam Lab, an organisation currently supporting Ukrainian refugees.