Transcendentalism EP - featuring Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka & Jóhann Jóhannsson - OUT TODAY

Today sees the release of a brand new EP of collected works by 130701 (FatCat's "post-classical" imprint) artists Dustin O'Halloran, Hauschka and Jóhann Jóhannsson. Titled Transcendentalism, the EP accompanies the triple-headline Transcendentalism Tour that sees the three artists hit the road for the first time together in venues across Europe.

The EP will be available as a highly limited, hand-signed and numbered white-label 12" sold only on Transcendentalists tour dates, with this digital release being the only full-scale publication of the same.

Featuring brand new, exclusive works from all three artists, backed with specially-selected live recordings of special versions and new arrangements of existing pieces, Transcendentalism represents a musical snapshot of Dustin O’Halloran, Hauschka and Jóhann Jóhannsson as the tour approaches: Hauschka performs with touring partner Samuli Kosminen (aka múm’s masterful, Finnish-Icelandic percussionist), O’Halloran and Jóhannsson both realign previously-recorded material to string quartet arrangements in keeping with their respective live sets for the tour.

O’Halloran donates us ‘An Ending, A Beginning’ and a stunning new version of his 2006 piece ‘Opus 28’ (originally found on his second Piano Solos LP) featuring New York’s ACME String Quartet. Hauschka’s contributions – a skipping and melodious new composition entitled ‘Spark’ and an improvised live piece taken from 2011’s Brighton Festival 130701 showcase – demonstrate the breadth and colour with which he collaborates with guest percussionists. Jóhann Jóhannsson is represented by a recent re-write of film-score piece ‘Glíma’ (taken from 2007’s Icelandic feature Bræðrabylta) and a jaw-dropping, KCRW-recorded live interpretation of a second soundtrack composition that sees LA’s Formalist String Quartet perform parts originally written for brass, with breathtaking results.

Click HERE for ordering options on the digital EP, or here to access the 130701 satellite site, which features information on the Transcendentalists Tour, trailer videos and a free sampler download of all the artists mentioned here.

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