Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume One), Jon Hassell’s first album in nine years is due out in June launching Ndeya, a new label dedicated to his music encompassing new, old and unreleased material.
Inspired by Karl-Heinz Stockhausen and Pandit Pran Nath, the trumpet player, composer and musical conceptualist is hugely respected beyond genre and artform and is a past collaborator journeying through minimalism, ambient, avant rock and techno with La Monte Young, Brian Eno, David Byrne, Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, David Sylvian, Björk and Moritz Von Oswald among others.
A track from the album is above.
“ ‘The world that my mind lives in, lives in my mind.’ This idea inspired me to make this album Heaven and Earth. The reality we experience is a mere creation of our consciousness, but our consciousness creates this reality based on those very same experiences. We are simultaneously the creators of our personal universe and creations of our personal universe. The Earth side of this album represents the world as I see it outwardly, the world that I am a part of. The Heaven side of this album represents the world as I see it inwardly, the world that is a part of me. Who I am and the choices I make lie somewhere in between.’ ”— Kamasi Washington