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Songlines

Established in Vancouver 1992, Songlines produces modern and avant jazz that typically crosses musical borders (with contemporary classical, rock, non-western folk and classical musics, ambient, etc.) and contemporary world music, usually with an Asian focus (Arabic and Persian music, Javanese gamelan), featuring artists based in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. The term “songlines” refers to Australian aboriginal performances of song and dance in which tales of the ancestral creator beings are enacted in the very places where those events unfold in the now-and-always Dreamtime. This idea of a deep-roots musical storytelling journey crisscrossing one’s home turf seemed to offer a kind of metaphor for music in our globalizing world that forges imaginative new paths through different cultures and traditions without sacrificing the depth of those traditions themselves.

From 2001 to 2009 almost all our releases were hybrid SACDs (50 in all), mostly mixed in stereo and multichannel. These and all releases since are available as 24-bit stereo downloads at HD Tracks, Qobuz, ProStudioMasters and Highresaudio. (In addition, 19 releases originally recorded or mixed in DSD are available for DSD download at Acoustic Sounds.) Special SACD projects included a Nick Drake tribute record and music by Bill Frisell inspired by Gerhard Richter paintings.

Since 1997 Songlines has worked closely with pianist/keyboardist Benoît Delbecq (winner of the 2010 Grand Prix International du Disque for jazz), including the collectives Kartet and Poolplayers, duos with François Houle and Andy Milne and a double trio with Fred Hersch. Other prominent artists with releases on Songlines include Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Ben Monder, Theo Bleckmann, Dave Douglas, Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg, Samuel Blaser, Brad Shepik, Peter Epstein, Michael Blake, Chris Speed, Tony Malaby, Jerry Granelli, Ellery Eskelin, Marty Ehrlich, Gordon Grdina, Gary Peacock, Paul Motian, Dylan van der Schyff, Harris Eisenstadt, and Jean-Jacques Avenel. We’ve also worked with many young artists deserving wider recognition.

Echo Painting

Echo Painting

Peggy Lee

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Ejdeha

Ejdeha

Gordon Grdina's The Marrow

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Clockworks

Clockworks

Patrick Zimmerli Quartet

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Alleviation (vinyl)

Alleviation (vinyl)

Mikkel Ploug

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Inroads

Inroads

Gordon Grdina Quartet

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Alleviation

Alleviation

Mikkel Ploug

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Lessons and Fairytales

Lessons and Fairytales

Simon Millerd

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Ghost Lights

Ghost Lights

Gordon Grdina | François Houle | Kenton Loewen | Benoît Delbecq

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The Book of Transfigurations
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Recent Developments

Recent Developments

Harris Eisenstadt

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Kush

Kush

Ryan Blotnick

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Shores Against Silence

Shores Against Silence

Patrick Zimmerli Quartet

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The Westerlies

The Westerlies

The Westerlies

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Quartet 1991

Quartet 1991

Brad Shepik

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Fulfillment

Fulfillment

Michael Blake

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Canada Day IV

Canada Day IV

Harris Eisenstadt

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Tenebrae

Tenebrae

Gregg Belisle- Chi

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A Bowl of Sixty Taxidermists
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Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (11 Places for Richard Hugo)
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Golden State II

Golden State II

Harris Eisenstadt

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Richter 858

Richter 858

Bill Frisell

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At the Reception

At the Reception

Wayne Horvitz / The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble

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Liquid Light

Liquid Light

Equilibrium

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Polarities

Polarities

Peter Epstein Quartet

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Grand Laps

Grand Laps

Kartet

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Wish the Children Would Come On Home

Wish the Children Would Come On Home

The Westerlies

The Westerlies/Horvitz, Wayne
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Yeah No

Yeah No

Chris Speed

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Human Feel

Human Feel

Speak To It

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Post-war Euphoria

Post-war Euphoria

Rob Reddy's Honor System

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In The Vernacular

In The Vernacular

Francois Houle

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Enter, A Dragon

Enter, A Dragon

Granelli, Jerry & Badlands

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Serpentine

Serpentine

Han Bennink

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