Armadillo In Sunset Park

by kyokokitamura

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Originally written for Mark Lamb Dance and released on March 20th, 2012. Re-released on bandcamp February 13th, 2013.

Scores available as free pdf downloads at www.kyokokitamura.com/scores/ Review by John Sharpe (AllAboutJazz)
“…a genre-defying debut… […] Her expressive, sometimes theatrical, delivery shows a great vocal range, veering from wordless vocalese to near operatic feats via an alluring speech like enunciation. […] The mock serious chorus “always use rubber gloves when handling raw armadillo,” never ceases to amuse. In performance, the dancers don Pepto Bismol-pink rubber hand wear, which would be the cherry on top.”

Review by Richard Kamins (StepTempest)
“In a little under 31 minutes, Kyoko Kitamura creates a wondrous, if somewhat altered, world with just her voice and piano (with occasional electronics and vocal overdubs.) Playful and serious, this music insinuates itself into your mind and leaves one wanting more.”

Review by Bruce Lee Gallanter (Downtown Music Gallery)
“This disc is yet another swell surprise as Ms. Kitamura creates her own world with odd stories, voices and sounds. […] Ever since hearing the Mothers of Invention as a teenager, the sound of silly or satirical lyrics sung seriously still cracks me up. Being a mother herself has helped Kyoko to sing these words in a way that is both joyous and ridiculous with a certain innocent-sounding charm. […] Even at a mere 31 minutes, Kyoko Kitamura has her own weird world so that any of us can enter and be swept away by acquiring this splendid offering.”

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released February 13, 2013

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Producer, recording, mixing: George Walker Petit
Executive producer: Kyoko Kitamura

Compositions, voice, piano: Kyoko Kitamura
Additional sound and effects: George Walker Petit

Mastering: Oscar Zambrano at Zampol Productions NYC

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kyokokitamura Brooklyn, New York

Improvising vocalist/composer who works with Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum and others. Recent releases include duos with Braxton on "12 Duets (DCWM) 2012" available at tricentricfoundation.org

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Track Name: Armadillo In Sunset Park
Free downloadable score with lyrics available here:
http://www.kyokokitamura.com/scores/

Will you take me to a restaurant?
I think I need to eat something.
No, I am not a vegan nor am I a vegetarian.
But I will surely order stir-fried eggplant in black bean sauce.

I was walking in Sunset Park, Chinatown.
Rows and rows of fish stores line the streets.
I open the door.
Next to one particularly large fish was a
black leather creature the size of a cat sprawled on ice,
A creature that should not exist in a fish store,
I had no idea where it came from and more worrisome yet,
I had no idea how long it's been there or what it was doing there... [con't]
Track Name: Parasite
Score with lyrics available here:
http://www.kyokokitamura.com/scores/

It moves, it flows, it stops, it grows,
Precious thing, so fickle and sweet
It's in your head, in your heart, eating you inside out alive.
It's here again, it calls your name
Laughing while you run, hide, deny.
You thought you were safe
This time around
You let yourself believe what could have been.
Track Name: Zombie Song
Free downloadable score with lyrics available here:
http://www.kyokokitamura.com/?page_id=620

I sliced my fingertip on the countertop
and I freaked out when I saw no blood
It confirmed my lingering suspicion
that I was a zombie in transition

I thought my heart beat a little faster
when I saw your pretty little face
But now I know I don't even have a heart
just an old rotten mole in its place
like a big black hole in outer space

And to make matters worse
Aetna will not reimburse
the medical costs for my loss.

And to make matters worse
Vampires are my curse but…

Hipsters and bucksters, they all
think that those bloodsuckers
are hot hot hot
They're not not not
they should all be shot
with a silver bullet
while I suck on the silver spoon
watching Blue Moon

I sliced my fingertip on the countertop
and I freaked when I saw no blood
It confirmed my lingering suspicion
that I was a zombie in transition
and I wasn't even in fashion
Track Name: Densha Song
Free downloadable score available here:
http://www.kyokokitamura.com/scores/
Track Name: Charlie Brown's Wandering Eye
Free downloadable score with lyrics available here:
http://www.kyokokitamura.com/scores/

Charlie Brown met Garfield on the way to school,
stepped on his tail, it was not cool.
Garfield ran up the tree, then jumped down,
Furiously scratched Charlie Brown's eyes out.

Charlie Brown met Garfield on the way to school,
stepped on his tail, it was not cool.
Snoopy tried to kill the cat but fell flat,
salivated over Charlie Brown's eyeballs.

Charlie's eyes rolled down the street,
spinning fast, spinning slow, always on the go,
Charlie could not see.
A wandering eye gets you nowhere,
Don't let it roll too far.

[....]
Track Name: DMG 3.27.11
Free downloadable score available here:
http://www.kyokokitamura.com/scores/
Track Name: Arm
It was a sound, a beautiful vibration that I loved,
as anonymous as air.
Then it grew an arm, a thumb, an elbow,
Then it grew a face and I realized
I didn't love it anymore.

Sometimes all I want is an anonymous sound,
A lovely sound without a face
Because too much information can
Kill the love.