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I started recording for Purenas back in December 2017. As time went on, the body of material began to grow, and I decided this time around I would record an album in its entirety with the one microhpone I own. This challenged me to experiment with new ideas and new combinations of sounds. I'm grateful to have worked with so many collaborators in making this album.

Special thanks to ივა ბერიაშვილი (Iva Beriashvili) who changed my perspective on how I listen to everyday sounds.


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

An ambitious multi-instrumentalist and composer originally from New York but now residing in Tbilisi who enjoys writing without thinking of genre and collaborating with many musicians.


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Track Name: A Self-Imposed Suffering
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
Takes another moment to reflect

The silence lingers
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
Track Name: A Tedious Path
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...)
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...)


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...)

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