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Shimmer & Bloom

by Ilpo

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This World 04:07
As far as I roam these spokes, the spoken word in reels and steps my dear, the atmosphere is clean up there; thats the space and that is where we truly meet In among the ordinary the bubble and putty for your grace we find the chip and chime my love, in seeds and vaulting lines and that is where we truly meet pieces of you, a comet dust and rust on metal, the breath upon things seeming constant but all along, the pips and spores are magic unabsorbed and that is where we truly meet (Rick Holland)
Song 4 05:10
Diving in won't be missed squalling in cruising it jesus lives can't resist life is lived (like a) salty kiss rythmatic walk no sink can't resist no i won't be missed eyes-a-lit lame and fit mesmeric underneath beaky teeth sweet relief on the waves free and brave synaptic a lunatic free to run under-done move with it Khaki skin blending in bleeding green in the oil machine temple beat call to pray(er) soul is there porous skin its pouring in (just ) deal with it (!) (Rick Holland)
Shred 05:07
'A SHRED OF IDENTITY' BY DAMBUDZO MARECHERA Will this moon scrap itself off my poems! This twilight zone stretching between English school And my cockroach voice? To the ant perched on a grain of sand My giant’s Artistic dilemma is scarcely visible Only clearly seen when I raise my foot. The bee on his sweet sticky errand, seeing me, Shoots off at a tangent humming his scorn. The early swallow from his searing flight Scarcely casts instantaneous glance at my pains. The dustman shrugs, hurls his concrete burden Into factory hand adjusts the zip on his overalls And without a care awaits his Call – factory’s siren. The milkman cycles his round; the soldier Kisses his girl hurries to carry out orders. They all seem to know their own selves While I like a madman continue to decipher The print on a shred of blank paper The print that is to become the poem behind this poem.
Shine 03:47
Aurora 04:20
11 05:07
I am in Minneapolis I am at Minneapolis Airport at First Class Lounge And it's seven o'clock in the morning I am in Minneapolis Because it snowed in New York It snowed in New York I am in Minneapolis Sitting alone Because it snowed in New York I am going I am leaving Minneapolis this morning I am flying to Atlanta Because it snowed in New York I am in Minneapolis At seven o'clock in the morning I am flying to Atlanta this morning Because it snowed in New York -------------------------------------------


“Shimmer & Bloom is one of those albums that will continue to grow for weeks and months after the first listen. Its surface seems calm at first, but beneath the ethereally thin sound layers there is a lot going on that simply isn’t revealed immediately. The main thread of this ambitious debut album might at times get diverted but on the whole Shimmer & Bloom is rewarding and beautiful.” – Mika Roth, Desibeli.net, 4/5

Shimmer & Bloom is my debut album as Ilpo. It consists of six vocal and five instrumental pieces, and features poet Rick Holland (previous works including Panic of Looking and Drums Between The Bells with Brian Eno), singer-songwriter Adam Ferns, actor Christopher Simpson and artist-architect Megumi Matsubara on vocals and words. In addition cellist Jo Silverston, guitarist Tero Heikkinen and singers Moss Beynon Juckes and Lee Clough guest on the record.

The album fuses elements from urban music – electro, funk, downtempo, poetronics – indie pop, experimental electronic music and contemporary composition – having started out as a playful idea to create a series of impressions, “sonic paintings”, of these genres and explore different kind of vocals and stories within them. Like many debut albums it is drawn from works spanning several years (2002-2011). The original artwork and cover design is by Ayako Kishi.


released November 21, 2011

Composed, performed and mixed by Ilpo Jauhiainen

Composition #1 & Tailless Amphibian: written by Ilpo Jauhiainen and Rick Holland

Shine: written by Ilpo Jauhiainen and Adam Ferns

Aurora: written by Ilpo Jauhiainen and Lee Clough

11: written by Ilpo Jauhiainen and Megumi Matsubara


Electric guitar : Tero Heikkinen


Cello: Jo Silverston
Cello arrangement: Christian Biegai
Cello treatment: Ilpo Jauhiainen


Words and vocal: Rick Holland


Words and call vocal: Rick Holland
Response vocals: Moss Beynon Juckes, Jo Silverston
Rhythm guitar: Markus Karrer


Words: ‘Shred of Identity’ by Dambudzo Marechera. Used with the kind permission of the Dambudzo Marechera Trust.
Voice: Christopher Simpson
Acoustic and electric guitars: Tero Heikkinen
Based on a concept and film poem by Nana Oforiatta-Ayim


Words and vocals: Adam Ferns


Words and vocal: Lee Clough


Words, vocal and field recording: Megumi Matsubara
Electric guitar: Tero Heikkinen

Produced by Ilpo Jauhiainen

Mastered by Niklas Silén at Good Will Mastering

Cover art, design and typography: Ayako Kishi

My deepest gratitude goes to Tero Heikkinen, Rick Holland, Megumi Matsubara, Christian Biegai, Jo Silverston, Moss Beynon Juckes, Adam Ferns, Lee Clough, Nana Oforiatta-Ayim, Christopher Simpson, Markus Karrer, Ayako Kishi, Niklas Silen, and Prof. Dr. Flora Veit-Wild and the Dambudzo Marechera Trust – for contributing to this album and making it possible.

Very warm thank yous: mum & dad, Amy Hough, Antti Lehto, Clare Cullen, Emilia Åkerlund, Eva Tepora, Georgiana Cavendish, Lea W. Frey, Mayu Takasugi, Micke Thorsby, Mikél Vega, Missla Libsekal, Odili Donald Odita, Taina Grohmann, Tamer Karaman and Tuomi-Tuulia Ervasti.


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Ilpo (Ilpo Jauhiainen, b. 1977 Finland) is a composer, music producer and sound artist. He works collaboratively and globally across the arts. His musical interests revolve around the possibilities and combinations of music and sound art, new global musical styles, contemporary classical and generative music. ... more

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