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Hear Ceder by Cara Stacey & Camilo Ángeles

April 2018

The South African pianist and Peruvian flautist present their new album, recorded over one day in Cape Town

Musician and researcher Cara Stacey has returned to the UK’s Margate based label Kit to release her new album Ceder, a duo collaboration with Peruvian flautist Camilo Ángeles. The album follows her solo debut on the same label, which also included contributions from Shabaka Hutchings, Seb Rochford, Ruth Goller and Crewdson. Improvised during a day long recording session in Cape Town, Ceder features Ángeles on flute, shipibo flute and death whistle, and Stacey on piano and South African bows.

“Camilo and I met on a residency in upstate New York in 2015,” says Stacey. “It was in this beautiful place in the green countryside where we started to improvise together. I was using different southern African instruments in different free contexts, and he brought his flute and a crazy bag of aerophone toys and ocarinas and bits to play with. We met again when he came to Cape Town, South Africa (where I live) in February 2016. We spent time again playing as a duo together but also with other Capetonian musicians, and at the end of his trip, we recorded this album. As soon as we were done, we jumped into the car and drove to the Cederberg, some hours to the north of Cape Town. This bleak, hot, alien environment is where the album's name comes from. The beautiful Cederberg area is where rooibos tea is grown, where countless ugly remnants of the apartheid era continue to exist, and where you can stand on the red sand and feel like you are on another planet. The word Cederberg fascinated us as well, because it is a fusion of the Afrikaans word seder and the English word cedar (as in the tree). These two different words (and languages – with a testy history) were stitched together, in a simple way and perhaps in a clumsy way too. We liked the joining of separate parts in just a few letters. Something about the economy of it as well as the link with this other hot, hot, dusty space is rooted in the sounds on this recording.”

Ceder is released by Kit on 1 May.

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