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Music From The Mountain Provinces - Flying Out


Music From The Mountain Provinces

Numero Group

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The backstory to Music from the Mountain Provinces positions it as a set of field recordings, all captured on tape during life-risking ventures into the Philippines during the late 1980s. David Blair Stiffler, a veteran documenter of uncommon sounds for the Folkways label, took a small crew into remote mountain regions of the country on three separate occasions spanning 1986-88, ultimately getting kidnapped at gunpoint and held for 18 days on their final journey. Incredibly, as documented in the liner notes on this release, Stiffler simply carried on recording while in captivity, although many of those works were confiscated by the rebel faction who abducted them. Despite such bravery, these recordings have never surfaced before, with the passing of Folkways head Moses Asch preventing their release at the time, and the reliable Numero Group now picking up the pieces many decades later. - Pitchfork



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