Carmina Chromatico

by Jonathan Hering

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"Amazing range, [Jonathan] turns the received wisdom of how to perform early music on it's head"
BBC RADIO 3

Brawl Records is proud to present CARMINA CHROMATICO, the debut solo album by Liverpool based composer and performer Jonathan Hering. An album of DIY Renaissance & New Music where one voice sings all the parts.

Carmina Chromatico features twelve polyphonic vocal tracks all sung by Jonathan Hering using his bass to counter-tenor range and presenting renaissance and contemporary compositions for up to 8 vocal lines. The album spans over six hundred years featuring music from the renaissance avant-garde to his own long-form composition ‘Lachrymose'.

With his DIY sensibilities Jonathan takes Early Music out of the Historically Informed Performance idiom to sing every part in his own voice, eschewing the centuries of performance etiquette it has become entrenched in. Inspired in part by counter-tenor Klaus Nomi’s spine chilling rendition of Purcells ‘The Cold Song’, Hering has selected music which sweeps and wallows, clashing chromatic suspensions evoking dark and light and dissonant wavering chords connecting him to composers up to 600 years his senior, but with the voice as the key device in common.

Hering creates an intimate vocal album embracing his love of dissonant, chromatic and exquisite harmonies, performances of which are normally confined to the formalities of the classical recital. Carmina Chromatico gives way to one voice creating renaissance music for all ears.

Jonathan Hering Biography
Best known as a member of UK based ensemble Ex-Easter Island Head who compose and perform music for solid-body electric guitar and percussion, his duo The Aleph, and in his own right as a composer, performer and collaborator in multiple genres.

As a performer, Jonathan is a multi-instrumentalist, and has played shows throughout Europe, from Finland to Bulgaria, working alongside artists and composers as diverse as Christian Wolff, Anat Ben David, Trey Spruance and Howard Skempton.

He has played with numerous groups over the last decade, and currently plays with Ex-Easter Island Head, and The Aleph. As a composer and musical director, Jonathan has worked with Tate, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Turner Contemporary, and FACT. Commissions have included Bird Sheet Music, with artist Kerry Morrison for Tate, Rhapsody for Clarinet and Wheelchair Basketball Team, with filmmaker Jack Whiteley for the Bluecoat and DaDaFest, Lachrymose for Turner Contemporary, and Veil of Nightshade for Octopus' Full of Noises Festival.

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released September 21, 2018

Artwork by Laura Spark
Mastered by Mark Beazley

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Brawl Records is a UK based independent record label founded in 2005. It was created initially to release the music of experimental folk and early band Horses Brawl.

The Brawl label’s ethos is to release music which draws on experimental, folk, improvisation, medieval, renaissance and contemporary music.
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