Larsen + Alessandro Sciaraffa "Golden Leaf" CD
Release date: Nov 18, 2022
Golden Leaf is the 19th album by the Italian experimental band Larsen here exploring free-form sounds and spatial dynamics by real-time composing and creating a sonic and social environment. It also confirms the love and interest the band has for collaborations as ongoing dialogues and portals to new paths.
This album documents a four-hour site-specific performance by Larsen and Alessandro Sciaraffa featuring interactive sound totems designed by Alessandro Sciaraffa and exclusive food creations by chef Gabriele Gatti. The performance took place at a secret location in Torino (Italy) in 2021 and was meant as an alchemical rite with the audience as an integral part of it. It was recorded and then edited and assembled into two pieces by long-time collaborator, sound engineer, solo musician Paul Beauchamp.
Alessandro Sciaraffa: aurora recordings, sound totems
Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo: guitar, electric viola, sound totems
Marco “il Bue” Schiavo: drums, cymbals, glockenspiel, sound totems
Paolo Dellapiana: modular synths, accordion, sound totems
Paul Beauchamp: live sound, recording editing, sound design, mixing
Roberto Maria Clemente: guitar, sound totems
Mastered by James Plotkin
Illustrations by Marco Schiavo
Picture by Omar Bovenzi
Layout by Fionda
Since 1995 Larsen, from Torino Italy, has released 18 full-length albums and 4 eps, which got remarkable worldwide press, and performed all over Europe, UK and North America. Collaborations with such artists as Johann Johannsson, Michael Gira, Martin Bisi, Lustmord, Deathprod, Nurse With Wound, Z'EV, Baby Dee, Julia Kent, sci-fi icon Christine Schell plus the project- a band in itself- XXL (aka Xiu Xiu + Larsen) also stand out on their record. In 2008 legendary dub-diva Little Annie (a.k.a. Annie Anxiety Bandez) joined the band as lead singer and lyricist appearing on La Fever Lit and Cool Cruel Mouth and live on stage on the related tours. 2016 sees the band representing itself as an instrumental unit with a new album Of Grog Vim (featuring special guest Thor Harris from Swans). A new Larsen EP Tiles featuring Annie and a new XXL Puff O'Gigio album came out in late 2018. The late Larsen album Arrival Vibrate, tribute to their friend Z'EV and featuring a remix by John Duncan, was released in October 2019 on Cassauna to which the soundtrack A Chronicle to the photo book Meiwo by Jacopo Benassi followed as winner of the Witty-Books “Ear-Eye” 2021 award.
Alessandro Sciaraffa (Torino, 1976) studied architecture, electronic music and sound design and specialized at the Karlheinz Stockhausen Foundation For Music in Kurten. He won the ninth edition of Italian Council and is the founder of the experimental music collective WHYOFF. Focusing on sound and its multiple relationships between material, space and time his artistic research expresses itself through performances and the elaboration of installations and sound sculptures.