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My Uncle Emilio passed away this past April. He spent most his life in a mental institution. And while we visited him from time to time, his presence was mostly experienced in a foreboding and ghost-like way. My parents would warn, "Keep THAT up and you'll end up like your Uncle Emilio!" Apparently, my behavior would make them nervous, and my parents were from a world where the sought help from priests instead of psychiatrists for mental disturbances.
So throughout my life, when things feel a bit slipping . . .
I find my thoughts always end up on Emilio and his sequestered life.

I learned the word "yoik" from the liner notes of a Morton Feldman recording and found the description striking. "A yoik is meant to reflect a person or place. This does not mean that it is a song about the person or place, but that the yoiker is attempting to transfer 'the essence' of that person or place into song - one yoiks their friend, not about their friend."
This album is a "yoik" to my Uncle Emilio.

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released January 1, 2011

Ernesto Diaz-Infante: Bajo Sexto, Electronic Tanpura, Singing Bowls

Recorded at Next Door to the Jefferson Airplane Studios, SF, California, Apr-Aug 2011. Composed by Ernesto Diaz-Infante.

Edition of 97 hand-numbered copies. Released by Kendra Steiner Editions. Packaged in a folded printed-paper 'cover', held in a clear plastic sleeve.

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Ernesto Diaz-Infante San Francisco, California

Ernesto Diaz-Infante’s musical compositions span a broad perspective: transcendental piano, noise, improvised music, avant- garde guitar, field recordings, and experimental song. He received his MFA from CalArts in Music Composition, where he studied with Stephen L. Mosko and Wadada Leo Smith. He lives in San Francisco with filmmaker Marjorie Sturm and their son and daughter. ... more

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