Symbiosis, Vol. 1


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The 5th album by the Richmond Avant Improv Collective. A collaboration between RAIC and avant garde/outsider music purveyors Ceremonial Scissors. The title "Symbiosis" is indicative of both bands feeding off of each other and swallowing each others divergent, varying influences. We hope this release showcases the best of RAIC and Ceremonial Scissors. Chicago's Lurker Bias label is releasing this album in two volumes on cassette.
This album came about as I asked Ceremonial Scissors to record a track in the studio with us for an upcoming album. Well they did and then well, we just didn't stop playing. When we were done we had played all afternoon and recorded close to 95 minutes of music. This music has auspicious meanings for me. My mother had passed away the day before this session so there was obviously a lot of feelings involved and a lot of emotions I needed to get out. Some sad, some angry, some confused. There are some toys I play on a few tracks, a music box, a train engine. I had picked them up from my mom's house the day before and were toys I found in her closest from when I was a child. Music is a great therapy and I will always feel indebted to everyone that played on this album for creating something special on a day when I was at my lowest.
-Samuel Goff


released June 20, 2018

Produced by Samuel Goff
Mixed and mastered by Richard Schellenberg
Recorded December 2, 2017 at Etching Tin Studios in
Richmond, VA.
Mixed January 20, 2018

RAIC for this album was:
Samuel Goff - Drums, Percussion, Keyboards, Electronics, Piano, Vocals, Toys
Abdul Hakim Bilal - Guitar, Bullhorn
Laura Marina - Vocals, Electronics, Percussion
Brendan Ginsburg - Zither, Percussion, Bugle, Electronics, Objects
Zoe Brzezinski - Percussion, Drums, Bugle, Objects

Richard Schellenberg - Piano, Drums

Artwork by Laura Marina
Photography by Casey Canady
Liner Notes by Samuel Goff

Physical copy on cassette available via Lurker Bias. Available here..


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RAIC Richmond, Virginia

Richmond Avant Improv Collective. Samuel Goff. Abdul Hakim-Bilal. Erik Schroeder. Zoe Olivia-Kinney. Laura Marina.

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