To get Brooklyn band POINT REYES off the ground, Asa Horvitz suggested that percussionist Kyle Farrell and cellist Daniel Bindschedler join him in Warsaw, Poland (where he was working supported by a Fulbright grant) to spend four months writing, rehearsing, and giving concerts in a completely foreign environment. Farrell and Bindschedler jumped at the opportunity and in May 2011 the trio moved into a sunny attic loft across from the Vistula river. Throughout the summer of 2011, POINT REYES immersed themselves in Poland: they performed in towns where no Americans had performed before, rehearsed ten hours a day in the basement of the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music, studied Polish, swam in flooded meadows, became obsessed with Communist architecture, played festivals in Krakow and Berlin, collaborated with Polish musicians and theater artists, and wrote and recorded their debut full length album. The project was funded in part by the Fulbright grant awarded to Horvitz. POINT REYES' debut album – the culmination of their time in Poland – will be released on CAKES AND TAPES (Portugal) in January 2012.
We are grateful to the many people who helped to make this recording possible. We would especially like to thank Allen Kuharski, Michal Zadara, Barbara Wysocka & Benjamin, Professor Stanislaw "SCO" Skoczynski, Wilhelm Sasnal, Neil Strauch, Lukash Korczak, Artur Sienicki, Maciej Moruś, Bartosz Weber, Dominik Strycharski, Olga Przybyl, Zofia Przybyl, Maciej Swinoga, Kryzstof Niezgoda & the Niezgoda family, Zielak, Maciek Diduszko, Wojciech Diduszko & Agata Diduszko-Zyglewska, Mariana Sadowska, Kalina Mróz, Justyna Gmitrzuk, Nini Julia Bang, Eliza Rose, Scotia Gilroy, Thymn Chase, John Tarrant, Jack Randall, Nat Baldwin, Elliott Sharp, Hannah Manfredi, Forrest Nash, our families, Dorota Rogowska & everyone else at the Polish-American Fulbright Commission.
released 12 January 2012
Daniel Bindschedler - Cello
Kyle Farrell - Percussion
Asa Horvitz - Voice, Guitars, Laptop
Additional percussion by Helga Przybyl, Zofia Pzybyl and Maciej Swinoga. Clarinet by Jacek Dziolak. Alto recorder by Dominik Strycharski.
Recorded by Asa Horvitz in the "Jazz" Department, Fredryk Chopin Academy of Music, Warsaw, Poland.
Mixed by Neil Strauch and Asa Horvitz.
Mastered by Neil Strauch at Engine Studios, Chicago, IL.
Produced by Asa Horvitz and Neil Strauch.
All lyrics by Asa Horvitz except for "Maine" by Asa Horvitz and Liz Peters. All music by Asa Horvitz, Kyle Farrell and Daniel Bindschedler.