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  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

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    Includes digital pre-order of Magic Heart. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
    digital album releases January 19, 2024
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    Pre-order of Magic Heart. You get 1 track now (streaming via the free Bandcamp app and also available as a high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more), plus the complete album the moment it’s released.
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    releases January 19, 2024

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Magic Tree


Playfield, the experimental jazz collective guided by Daniel Carter, offers a second studio album, Magic Heart. As a multi-instrumentalist, Carter has always sought to contextualize sound, relying on outdoor performance and New York City’s auditory ambience, to orchestrate his sound. This practice, which is fundamentally improvisational and experimental, opens any final recording to the unpredictable nature of strangers’ sound and offers a rich texture to depict a moment in time, drawing on the world itself: conversations, car horns, bird songs, and far away, even other music. This is the group’s first recording in a studio and it’s made of two volumes: Stepping Out (released by 577 Records in 2022) and this second volume: Magic Heart. Here Daniel Carter together with Luisa Muhr (Voice), Ayumi Ishito (Tenor Sax and Electronics), Eric Plaks (Piano and Rhodes), Aron Namenwirth (Guitar and Electronics), Yutaka Takahashi (Guitar and Electronics), Zachary Swanson (Bass), Jon Panikkar (Drums) gathered inside to make something less ambient. As the environment transitioned from open streets to an enclosed room, the artists brought in field recordings of cicadas or ice-cream trucks, and heavy new effects to transition during interludes. Producers Jon Rosenberg and Aron Namenwirth borrowed mixing techniques from the pop and cinema world. Magic Heart will be available on CD in January 2024.


releases January 19, 2024

Daniel Carter: Tenor Sax, Alto sax, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet
Luisa Muhr: Voice
Ayumi Ishito: Tenor Sax and Electronics
Eric Plaks: Piano and Rhodes
Aron Namenwirth: Guitar and Electronics
Yutaka Takahashi: Guitar and Electronics
Zachary Swanson: Bass
Jon Panikkar: Drums

Recorded June 16, 2021 by Jon Rosenberg at The Bunker, Brooklyn
Assistant Engineer: Alex Conroy
Mixed & Mastered by Jon Rosenberg
Produced by Hall Of Mirrors (Aron Namenwirth & Jon Rosenberg)

Painting by Aron Namenwirth
Graphic design by Sergio Vezzali
Graphic files preparation by Mark Smith

All music by Playfield (Five Seven Seven Records Music, ASCAP)

577 Records is an independent record label
based in Brooklyn, New York
operating since 2001

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Daniel Carter New York, New York

One of the legendary masters of creative music. Daniel Carter has recorded or performed with William Parker, Federico Ughi, DJ Logic, Thurston Moore, Yo La Tengo, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor, Sonic Youth, Sam Rivers, Yoko Ono, Living Colour, Medesky Martin and Wood and Jaco Pastorius among others. He is a member of the cooperative free jazz groups TEST and Other Dimensions In Music. ... more

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