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Пурнӑҫ 01:02
Wesele 02:24
Slowly turning to his side Eyes focused on the wall As his self-imposed suffering On him does befall A chance woefully slipped by Ponders solemnly Cherishing each moment fondly Lets out a somber sigh *Sigh Takes another moment to reflect The silence lingers (Silence) Each breathe audible *Breath in *Breath out Scraping the edges of his mind For some way to redeem himself But finds himself unable A desire left unexpressed A question unanswered Lingers in eternity The inescapable doldrums Withers away like specks of dust Still silent and restless as dusk now turns to dawn
A stillness sewn (ჰოდა, რა დაიკარზე ლაპარაკობდით? აი, ნახე რომ გაიმეორო...) On the weight of the warrior (რა დაიკარე, რა დაიკარე, რა დაიკარე, რა დაიკარე...) And Breaking down (ჰოდა მერე რომ გააგრძელო...) A tedious path (და მაგაზე ზევიდან რამე სხვა დადო....) A tedious path of the warrior (რა დაიკარე, რა დაიკარე, რა დაიკარე, რა დაიკარე...) A tedious path A tedious path of the warrior (რა დაიკარე, რა დაიკარე, რა დაიკარე, რა დაიკარე...) A tedious path of the warrior (რა დაიკარე, რა დაიკარე, რა დაიკარე, რა დაიკარე...) *hum Down fades (კარგად დააჭიმე) Fades into the distance (კარგად დააჭიმე) (აუ, გაათიშე...თავიდან კარგად წავიდა) Down fades Fades into the distance (იწერს? ისმის...) Down fades Fades into the distance Down fades Fades into the distance (რა მზიური მზე, რა მზიური მზე...)
Le Cid 03:45


I started recording for Purenas back in December 2017. Due to financial constrictions, I decided I wanted to make a record entirely at home with the one microhpone I own. This challenged me to experiment with various sources for producing sounds (many of these ideas came from Iva), including using a calculator, bicycle wheel and boiling water for tea.

A majority of the contributors on this album have no musical background.
What they all have in common is that they stayed with me as guests in my apartment in Tbilisi. The only instructions I gave them was that I wanted to record something in their native language and I left it to them to decide exactly what they would do. Track titles correspond to the language used in the track. You can check out this playlist to get a behind the scenes look at the recording process for Purenas: www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQL5RbDtyUI&list=PLQecStZHdTcH6M1YJfjvYwotc2Q84TV8m


released November 23, 2018

All music written and captured by Christopher Manning.

Lyrics/text by Christopher Manning, ივა ბერიაშვილი (Iva Beriashvili), Денис Башмаков (Denis Bashmakov), 크리스 (Jeyheon Bak), Jefta van Hees, Erik Koning, Stanisław Wyspiański, Pierre Corneille and 般若心経 (Heart Sutra, author unknown)

Christopher Manning - alto saxophone, bass, vocals, voice, clarinet, bass clarinet, calculator
ივა ბერიაშვილი (Iva Beriashvili) - percussion, voice, FL Studio drums, phone synth, guitar, recorder, plucking headphone string, shaking liquids, crumbling paper, microphone feedback, objects in rotating bicycle wheel, boiling water in electric tea kettle, reverb design for "ნისლიანი სარკე"
მარი ჭოველიძე (Mari Chovelidze) - violin, voice
Денис Башмаков (Denis Bashmakov) - voice
크리스 (Jeyheon Bak) - voice
早瀧正治 (Masaharu Hayataki) - voice
მარი ბერიაშვილი (Mari Beriashvili) - voice
Paweł Leszczyński - voice
Zuzanna Stępniak - voice
Jefta van Hees - trumpet, voice
Erik Koning - voice
مهشید یوسفی (Mohshid Yousef) - vocals
Rémi Boissonnas - voice
ბოლნისის იხვთა გუნდი (Bolnisi duck choir)

Samples on "A Tedious Path" taken from Slavoj Žižek videos.

Recorded*, mixed and mastered by Christopher Manning at Christopher Manning's and ივა ბერიაშვილის (Iva Beriashvili's) home
*Sounds from Tbilisi subway on "Пурнӑҫ" recorded by ივა ბერიაშვილი (Iva Beriashvili)
Produced by Christopher Manning
Album artwork by ივა ბერიაშვილი (Iva Beriashvili)


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Fotgjengeren Tbilisi, Georgia

Fotgjengeren is the eclectic and experimental project by New York-native Christopher Manning, who now resides in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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