Thursday, August 23, 2007

Andy Ditzler’s Songs from Yes and No arrives on November 6th!

Atlanta label Frequent, Small Meals has announced the November 6th release of label scion Andy Ditzler’s enigmatic debut, Songs from Yes and No. Serving as producer, arranger, composer, and lyricist, Ditzler melds myriad styles and influences, including performance art (think Laurie Anderson’s Big Science) and the rhythmic excursions of Tom Ze. Yes and No began life as a multimedia theater work commissioned by the Clayton State Theater. It premiered in April, 2002.

Andy Ditzler is a composer, performer, and curator (as in, an ACTUAL curatorworking in Atlanta. He studied percussion in the School of Music at Indiana University, and has performed in musical contexts ranging from classical and jazz to free improvisation and rock. As composer and performer, Ditzler has explored video, visual art, audio phonography, and other multimedia forms. His one-man theater show Yes and No was commissioned by Clayton State Theater and premiered there in 2002, later running in Atlanta. In 2003 he received a grant from the King Baudouin Foundation to travel, perform and research in Belgium.

"Hip, intelligent, sometimes provocative, and often simply beautiful songwriting" – All Music Guide

Ditzler is the founder of Frequent Small Meals, a record label and production company. He has enjoyed a long association – as performer, board member, and programmer – with the legendary Atlanta art space Eyedrum. Ditzler also curates and hosts Film Love, which in 2006 was named Best Film Series in Atlanta by the critics of Creative Loafing. His numerous writings on film may be found in the Film Love online archive at

With a healthy sense of humor, the song lyrics range among technology, the metaphysics of TV news, a Buddhist samba, economics for beginners, politics, and love in 21st-century America. Songs From Yes and No is a witty, poignant, and illuminating view of current events, and a provocative musical vision. The melodic sense and production values of classic pop music; rhythmic influences from samba, jazz, rock and electronica; top-flight instrumental performances; and the tradition of 1970s and 80s performance art all combine to form an intricate musical mosaic. The record features many fine performances from some of Atlanta’s most accomplished musicians, including Kebbi Williams, a saxophonist who also plays for Outkast. The CD design was done by the Grammy-winning Susan Archie (of World of An Archie). She won in 2003 for the Charley Patton boxed set, and has been nominated an additional two times.

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