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It was on a winter’s night ('Nuit d'Hiver' indeed) five days before Christmas 2018, when My Cat Is An Alien and Jean-Marc Montera joined on stage to perform for the second time as a trio, proving once again their heavenly graced and powerful music-mind-soul connection. As it happened at their very first live encounter in 2015 (released by San Francisco cult label Starlight Furniture Co. under the title 'Union Of The Supreme Light' in 2017), "Before jumping on stage NO word was spoken about the concert we were going to play, nor even trying to figure out any sort of basic music scheme to be followed" recalls Roberto Opalio.
In 2018, at the opening of the final edition of the REEVOX-NUIT D’HIVER festival at GMEM inside the restored industrial complex of La Friche La Belle de Mai in Marseille, the spaceship-like dome of Le Module shook like never before. ‘Nuit d’Hiver’ is a true musical hurricane of radical free jazz and “Spiritual Noise”. Such a gifted performance could only be blessed by immortal spirits like Cecyl Taylor, Sonny Sharrock, Albert Ayler, Ornette Coleman… an otherwordly Titans’ “beauty of the fury”!

Brothers Maurizio and Roberto Opalio, aka MCIAA, are world-renowned for their radical aesthetics of “instantaneous composition”, their innate skill in creating articulated and ever-evolving improvisations that develop as they were proper written scores from beginning to end. The same approach occurs in every duo’s collaboration with other artists too—be they Lee Ranaldo and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, Italian electronic pioneer Enore Zaffiri or Hungarian avant-garde poet-performer Endre Szkarosi to name a few—as well as in whatever situation they might be invited to perform—including the opening of Venice Art Biennale or Milan Fashion Week.

Jean-Marc Montera is a revered guitar maestro whose skill in non-idiomatic improvisation surpasses the mastery of all his companions for his willing to explore new sonic territories instead of repeating classic formulas nowadays become too much "academic". Co-founder of GRIM (Groupe de Recherche et d’Improvisation Musicales) in 1978 and now associated artist of GMEM in Marseille, Montera debuted as soloist on legendary label FMP (Free Music Production); during the years he has collaborated with tons of free jazz and avant-garde musicians among which Famoudou Don Moye of Art Ensemble of Chicago, Fred Frith, Chris Cutler, Barre Phillips, Jean-François Pauvros, Pauline Oliveros and Christian Wolff, and has set up several groups specialized in the interpretation of graphic scores by 20th century composers (Cornelius Cardew, John Cage, Earle Brown..).

Produced by MCIAA in their newly branded multi-dimensional, fully dynamics-frequency spectrum “STEROALIEN FIDELITY”, this LP will make your ears feel projected into an unexplored universe of sound.
Limited private press edition of only 100 (!!!) clear emerald green color vinyls, co-released by MCIAA’s Opax Records and JM Montera’s The End mAde RecordS own imprints.

MCIAA & JMM created a strongly conceptual and multi-sensorial work, an immersive music, visual and tactile experience: the uniqueness of each cover artwork introduces to the uniqueness of the infinite shades of music perception. Spin the vinyl, watch the cover, then close your eyes and move your fingers across the embossed/debossed signs as Braille-like reading while music permeates your room, your ears, your soul. Indeed all covers handmade one by one, with unique variations in colors and embossing/ debossing results.

The cover artwork comes from a hand etching on vinyl by Roberto & Maurizio Opalio, then completed by JM Montera who printed every single cover jacket using the ancient tecniques of French “gravure” (75 hand-numbered exemplars on white jackets) and “marouflage” (25 signed and hand-numbered exemplars on black jackets).

Both editions will probably be gone before you finish reading this shit!

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released October 2, 2020

MY CAT IS AN ALIEN & JEAN-MARC MONTERA
Nuit d'Hiver
Color Vinyl LP. Limited to 100 exemplars only.

Side A - Nuit d'Hiver (part I)
Side B - Nuit d'Hiver (part II)

JEAN-MARC MONTERA – self-made table top guitar, objects, electronics, small gong, dan bau
MAURIZIO OPALIO – self-made double-bodied string instrument, pedal effects
ROBERTO OPALIO – wordless vocalizations, modified electronic devices, pedal effects, alientronics

Instantaneous composition performed and recorded live at REEVOX-NUIT D'HIVER Festival, GMEM, Friche La Belle de Mai - Le Module, Marseille, France, December 20, 2018.
Mixed by MCIAA using different audio sources from main desk, video footage and ambience. Mastering by Fabrizio Ronco.
Produced by MCIAA in multi-dimensional, full dynamics-frequency spectrum "STEREOALIEN FIDELITY".

This LP contains the complete live performance.

Cover art: six-handed etching on 12" vinyl record by Roberto Opalio, Maurizio Opalio, Jean-Marc Montera.
Gravure printing and marouflage on jackets handmade by Jean-Marc Montera at L’Atelier M, Marseille.
All jackets are handmade one by one and each cover features unique variations in colors and overall result.
Trio portrait by Pierre Gondard.
Insert layout by MCIAA. Typewriting by Maurizio Opalio with a 1959 Olivetti 82 Diaspron.

This is a private press co-release between Opax Records and The End mAde RecordS.

All music and art copyright Ⓒ 2020 My Cat Is An Alien & Jean-Marc Montera

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