'Walking East' CD with 24 page photo essay

Gino Zardo in collaboration with Janek Schaefer
Alluvial Recordings [A22]
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Track Listing:
Single track composition by Janek

with 24 page colour booklet of Gino's travel photographs

in a gatefold card sleeve.

Running time: 21:40
Released May 2005

 

Press Release

Gino Zardo is a photographer and field recordist born to Italian parents in Australia in 1968. He lives New York and has worked alongside some of the most prominent photographers in the world for 15 years. Walking East is his debut release.

Walking East is a photographic sound portrait of my travels through the North Western provinces of India, the Himalayas of Nepal and the Island of Papua New Guinea. I set out to explore, through the people I met, the way in which my photographs and sound recordings could magnify the sense of time and place.

I began the project in January 1999. Covering 50,000 miles over the next 12 months. I found myself trekking for days through the vast contrasting landscapes, a western desert, a tropical monsoon, and a dense jungle before I would reach a remote village.

Camping along the way and living amongst the families and tribes, I was able to experience their daily lives and acquire an understanding of their histories and cultures. Documenting a variety of people as they performed in music festivals, worked in steel mills, sold their wares in markets, and celebrated their tribal rituals together, I found many similarities. The presence of community; joy, hardship and survival are universal.

My thanks to everyone I met throughout my journey who shared their homes and lives with me. I would like to dedicate this project to Moke, a friend I had made along the way, whose courage and honour saved my life...Special thanks to To Aimee, the power of my strength, the love of my life, and also to Janek, whose patience and gifted talents helped me develop and complete the project.

 

Links: Gino Zardo : Alluvial Recordings

 

 

Reviews

The Live Music Report , Italy
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For a full year, Australian photographer and field recording artist Gino Zardo trekked through North Western provinces of India, the Himalayas in Nepal and Papua, New Guinea. Beginning in January of 1999, he covered a distance of 50,000 miles. His goal was to experience the daily life of the tribes. While camping with families along the way, he was able to take in the full scope of their daily life — their routines, their music, and their customs. On his return, he handed his recordings over to Janek Schaefer who constructed a 21 minute audio diary of Zardo's travels. The sounds on this brief CD range from flocks of birds whooshing by, someone playing a guitar, chants, a chorus of kids playing, waves, a rainstorm, cars, bits and pieces of human dialogue, the sound of someone fixing a bicycle, and general sounds of nature. The CD comes packaged in a beautiful cardboard sleeve, complete with a booklet full of truly humane photographs taken by Zardo on his long journey. [Much of his photography can be viewed at www.ginozardo.com] For all it's worth, this audio documentary should have been two or three times its original length. Hats off to Janek Schaefer for an amazing editing job on original tapes. The flow of the piece is seamless, without a hint of a bad cut anywhere. Walking East turns out to be a true treasure for fans of audio and visual arts. [Tom Sekowski]


Touchingextremes
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A renowned photographer (take a look at the fabulous pictures adorning the cover and the booklet of this CD) Gino Zardo captured many intriguing frames of regular everyday (and night) life during long trips to India, Nepal and Papua New Guinea, in a series of splendid field recordings later assembled and transformed in a veritable composition by Janek Schaefer. The short duration - a little more than 21 minutes - does not detract from the sheer beauty of this complex layering of noises, voices, television, human and animal calls; the juxtaposition of sources reflects a finely conceived
architecture, well-thought sound placement becoming the key to the appreciation of a luxury audio artifact. The whole package - photos and music - brims with love for life itself and is not to be missed. [Massimo Ricci]


Gaz-Eta.vivo.pl, Poland
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Australian photographer and field recording artist Gino Zardo walked the trek through North Western provinces of India, Himalayas in Nepal and Papua New Guinea. For a full year, beginning in January of 1999, he covered a distance of 50,000 miles. His goal was to experience the daily life of the tribes. While camping with families along the way, he was able to take in the full scope of their daily life - their routines, their music, and their customs. On his return, he handed his recordings over to Janek Schaefer who constructed a 21 minute audio diary of Zardo's travels. The sounds on this brief CD range from flocks of birds whooshing by, someone playing a guitar, chants, chorus of kids playing, waves, rainstorm, cars, bits and pieces of human dialogue, sound of someone fixing a bicycle, and general sounds of nature. The CD comes packaged in a beautiful cardboard sleeve, complete with a booklet full of truly humane photographs taken by Zardo on his long journey. [Much of his photography can be viewed at www.ginozardo.com] Hats off to Janek Schaefer for an amazing editing job on original tapes. The flow of the piece is seamless, without a hint of a bad cut anywhere. "Walking East" turns out to be a true treasure for fans of audio and visual arts. [Tom Sekowsk]


Gonzo Circus, Belgium
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Walking East is an absolute must...
More than six years were necessary for Ginzo Zardo to develop `Walking East'. Zardo, born in Australia to Italian parents, lives and works as a
photographer in New York. For `Walking East', he travelled around for twelve months in India, Nepal, Paupa New Guinea and the Himalayas and
documented his experiences with a photologue. The photographs - one after the other, show the uniqueness of local cultures. Zardo documented the
places and people in his work. The music on the CD uses field recordings which Zardo made on the spot. Janek Schaefer processed the recordings into a long spanning collage. For Schaefer, established turntablist and sound architect, `Walking East' reveals the deepeness of another culture. He seems
to have drawn inspiration from his previous offering `Songs For Europe', a collaboration with Philip Jeck, which was in the Turkish and the Greek traditions, now he absorbs himself in primitive Asian cultures. The combination of the photographic material and roughly outlined sounds turns `Walking East' into a full travel report. The fine eye of Zardo and the composition of Schaefer, quietly discover travels of forgotten worlds, and ensures that `Walking East' is an absolute must..... (pds)
 


Fear Drop
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On peut voir dans ce mini CD la continuité du travail déjà effectué par Janek Schaefer chez Alluvial avec Weather report, c’est-à-dire un travail de véritable reporter sonore. Cette fois pourtant, Janek Schaefer s’est contenté d’être le chef d’orchestre sans être l’instrumentiste, puisqu’il a composé cette pièce de musique concrète à partir d’enregistrements effectués par Gino Zardo. Ce dernier est un citoyen du monde, un aventurier aussi. Né australien de parents italiens, ce photographe et phonographe est basé à New York mais parcourt le monde. Walking east est un travel report de ses pérégrinations en Inde, au Népal et en Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée. Dans la tradition de la meilleure musique concrète, celle qui parvient à retranscrire des éléments endémiques aux cultures visitées, ce court compte-rendu porte la force de la présence humaine et la signature dynamique de Janek Schaefer. C’est une pièce de joies, de rudesse, de rituels, de sons de la nature, de vie. Comme un documentaire, cette pièce éclair, accompagnée des photographies de Gino Zardo, permet à l’auditeur de s’approprier l’expérience inédite de cet artiste sans jamais oser, comme lui, vivre dans les conditions réelles des situations qu’il fige sur la bande. Il n’y a décidément pas plus concret que cette musique du partage.


Vital, Holland
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Gino Zardo is a photographer and field recording artist, and perhaps that is the same thing. Taking photographs of people and/or environments is the same as recording their sound. This mini CD is the result of a travel through the North Western provinces of India, the Himalayas and Papua New Guinea. In the booklet we see his photography, which is quite nice. The sounds recorded while en route were handed out to Janek Schaeffer, who edited the music, into a nice collage of ethnic sound - a soundpicture of the Third World. For me an area of the world that I haven't visited before, but which I know from previous releases in this area, starting with the Touch cassettes up until the Indian Soundscapes on Soleilmoon. In that respect it doesn't add something new for me, to either field recording or knowing more about the cultures the recordings come from, but nevertheless its a well done release. (FdW)


Phosphor Magazine
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If like me you relish the idea of listening to the birds in strange foreign climes, conversing with Sadu‚s, attending tribal rituals, taking taxi journeys in rickety old cars you‚ve never seen before whilst listening to the radio and it all sounds so much better, lovely and new and all the while taking hundreds of photographs, then you‚ll love this Walking East‚ is the debut release from Gino Zardo who is a photographer and field recordist from Australia, its a photographic sound portrait of the artist‚s travels through the North Western provinces of India, the Himalayas and Papua New Guinea, its very succesful as for the entire piece your right there with him. He was able to gain the trust to get close enough to live amongst the families and tribes of these regions and witness and indeed record their ragas and spirituals, crafting and blending it all together to create something quite special. The CD is also accompanied by a booklet full of Gino's beautiful photography taken on his travels, in fact this is one of the theme's that brings it all together, as you listen at certain points you will here the constant winding on of his camera. A lovely piece of work realising that the presence of community, hardship, joy and survival are universal. I'm off now to grow a substantial beard, live up a mountain and rear goats for their milk.