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Songlines

Established in Vancouver 1992, Songlines produces modern and avant jazz that typically crosses musical borders (with contemporary classical, rock, non-western folk and classical musics, ambient, etc.) and contemporary world music, usually with an Asian focus (Arabic and Persian music, Javanese gamelan), featuring artists based in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. The term “songlines” refers to Australian aboriginal performances of song and dance in which tales of the ancestral creator beings are enacted in the very places where those events unfold in the now-and-always Dreamtime. This idea of a deep-roots musical storytelling journey crisscrossing one’s home turf seemed to offer a kind of metaphor for music in our globalizing world that forges imaginative new paths through different cultures and traditions without sacrificing the depth of those traditions themselves.

From 2001 to 2009 almost all our releases were hybrid SACDs (50 in all), mostly mixed in stereo and multichannel. These and all releases since are available as 24-bit stereo downloads at HD Tracks, Qobuz, ProStudioMasters and Highresaudio. (In addition, 19 releases originally recorded or mixed in DSD are available for DSD download at Acoustic Sounds.) Special SACD projects included a Nick Drake tribute record and music by Bill Frisell inspired by Gerhard Richter paintings.

Since 1997 Songlines has worked closely with pianist/keyboardist Benoît Delbecq (winner of the 2010 Grand Prix International du Disque for jazz), including the collectives Kartet and Poolplayers, duos with François Houle and Andy Milne and a double trio with Fred Hersch. Other prominent artists with releases on Songlines include Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Ben Monder, Theo Bleckmann, Dave Douglas, Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg, Samuel Blaser, Brad Shepik, Peter Epstein, Michael Blake, Chris Speed, Tony Malaby, Jerry Granelli, Ellery Eskelin, Marty Ehrlich, Gordon Grdina, Gary Peacock, Paul Motian, Dylan van der Schyff, Harris Eisenstadt, and Jean-Jacques Avenel. We’ve also worked with many young artists deserving wider recognition.

Lessons and Fairytales

Lessons and Fairytales

Simon Millerd

Ghost Lights

Ghost Lights

Gordon Grdina | François Houle | Kenton Loewen | Benoît Delbecq

Recent Developments

Recent Developments

Harris Eisenstadt

Shores Against Silence

Shores Against Silence

Patrick Zimmerli Quartet

Kush

Kush

Ryan Blotnick

The Westerlies

The Westerlies

The Westerlies

Fulfillment

Fulfillment

Michael Blake

Quartet 1991

Quartet 1991

Brad Shepik

Canada Day IV

Canada Day IV

Harris Eisenstadt

Tenebrae

Tenebrae

Gregg Belisle- Chi

Golden State II

Golden State II

Harris Eisenstadt

Richter 858

Richter 858

Bill Frisell

At the Reception

At the Reception

Wayne Horvitz / The Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble

Liquid Light

Liquid Light

Equilibrium

Polarities

Polarities

Peter Epstein Quartet

Lingua Franca

Lingua Franca

Peter Epstein / Brad Shepik

Phoenix

Phoenix

Patrick Zimmerli

Deviantics

Deviantics

Chris Speed

No Boat

No Boat

Theo Bleckmann

The Point of it All

The Point of it All

Robin Holcomb / Talking Pictures / Wayne Horvitz

The Sixth Jump

The Sixth Jump

Benoit Delbecq Trio

Music Needs You

Music Needs You

Ryan Blotnick

Way Below the Surface

Way Below the Surface

Poolplayers

One Dance Alone

One Dance Alone

Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet

Boxing Dreams

Boxing Dreams

Sean Noonan's Brewed by Noon

Warblepeck

Warblepeck

Tony Malaby - Cello Trio -

Looks Like It`s Going To To Snow

Looks Like It`s Going To To Snow

October Trio / Brad Turner

Human Activity Suite

Human Activity Suite

Brad Shepik

Equilibrium

Equilibrium

Ploug / Pettersen / Badenhorst

Vancouver  08 - Sacd dvd

Vancouver 08 - Sacd dvd

Granelli, Jerry / V16

Where Is Pannonica?

Where Is Pannonica?

Milne, Andy / Delbecq, Benoit

Ways & Means

Ways & Means

Carney, James / Group

Everything Forgets

Everything Forgets

Ryan blotnick

The Breathing Of Statues

The Breathing Of Statues

Gordon Grdina's East Van Strings

Last Century

Last Century

Steve Raegele

Hive

Hive

Gamelan Madu Sari

Circles and Calligrams

Circles and Calligrams

Benoît Delbecq

Across the Way

Across the Way

Brad Shepik Quartet

Walking Voices

Walking Voices

Equilibrium

Canada Day II

Canada Day II

Harris Eisenstadt

Yeah No

Yeah No

Chris Speed

Human Feel

Human Feel

Speak To It

The Loan

The Loan

Shepik, Brad And The Commuters

The Well

The Well

Brad Shepik

Places You Go

Places You Go

Shepik, Brad - Trio -

The Distance

The Distance

Schyff, Dylan Van Der

The Definition Of A Toy

The Definition Of A Toy

Dylan Van Der Schyff

Alight

Alight

Safa

Post-war Euphoria

Post-war Euphoria

Rob Reddy's Honor System

Ontophony

Ontophony

Michael O'neill

Stories To Tell

Stories To Tell

Noonan, Sean - Brewed By Noon

Magic Numbers

Magic Numbers

Nachoff, Quinsin Ft. Mark Helias, Nathalie Bonin & Jean Rene

Four In One, Feat. Dave Douglas

Four In One, Feat. Dave Douglas

Mengelberg, Misha -quartet-

Apparitions

Apparitions

Malaby, Tony / Rainey, Tom / Sarin, Michael / Gress, Drew

Tyft

Tyft

Hilmar Jensson / Andrew D'angelo / Jim Black

Ditty Blei

Ditty Blei

Hilmar Jensson

In The Vernacular

In The Vernacular

Francois Houle

Way Out East

Way Out East

Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet

Solos

Solos

Horvitz, Wayne & Holcomb, Robin

Sweeter Than The Day

Sweeter Than The Day

Wayne Horvitz

Think Like The Waves

Think Like The Waves

Grdina, Gordon / Gary Peacock / Paul Motian

The Sonic Temple

The Sonic Temple

Jerry Granelli V16

Enter, A Dragon

Enter, A Dragon

Granelli, Jerry & Badlands

The V16 Project

The V16 Project

Jerry Granelli

Richter 858

Richter 858

Bill Frisell

Jazz Trash

Jazz Trash

Ellery Eskelin

Light At The Crossroads

Light At The Crossroads

Ehrlich, Marty & Ben & Goldberg

The Tiny Bell Trio

The Tiny Bell Trio

Dave Douglas

Nu-turn

Nu-turn

Benoit Delbecq

Green-wood

Green-wood

Carney, James / Group Ft. Ralph Alessi / Tony Malaby A.o.

Origami

Origami

Bleckmann, Theo;ben Monder, Matt Moran, Etc.

At Night

At Night

Theo And Ben Monder Bleckmann

Amor De Cosmos

Amor De Cosmos

Blake, Michael -sextet-

Pursuit

Pursuit

Benoit Delbecq5, Michael Moore, Francois Houle, Steve Arguelles

Serpentine

Serpentine

Han Bennink

Flux

Flux

Ben Monder Trio

Fratelli

Fratelli

Babkas

Waraba

Waraba

Jean-jacques Avenel

The Book Of Hours

The Book Of Hours

Zimmerli, Patrick & Octurn

Expansion

Expansion

Zimmerli, Patrick -ensemble-

Explosion

Explosion

Zimmerli, Patrick -ensemble-

The One Constant

The One Constant

Danny Fox Trio

Smart Matter

Smart Matter

Turtleboy

New Dream

New Dream

The October Trio

In Other Words

In Other Words

Thom Gossage, Steve Raegele, Miles Perkin

Because She Hoped

Because She Hoped

Benoît Delbecq, François Houle

Kosmonauten

Kosmonauten

Tyson Naylor Trio

Canada Day III

Canada Day III

Harris Eisenstadt

Genera

Genera

François Houle 5 1

A Gambler

A Gambler's Hand

Sean Noonan

Sean Noonan
Grand Laps

Grand Laps

Kartet

Fun House

Fun House

Benoit Delbecq / Fred Hersch Double Trio

Cedar Wisely

Cedar Wisely

Chris Clark Quintet

Golden State

Golden State

Harris Eisenstadt

No Difference

No Difference

Gordon Grdina / Mark Helias

A Mirror to Machaut

A Mirror to Machaut

Samuel Blaser

Aves

Aves

François Houle

Tá Lam

Tá Lam

Gebhard Ullmann

Train Song

Train Song

Aros

Nancali

Nancali

François Houle & Benoît Delbecq

EMIT

EMIT

Chris Speed

Ivory Ganesh Meets Doctor Drums

Ivory Ganesh Meets Doctor Drums

Paul Plimley & Trichy Sankaran

New Nectar

New Nectar

Gamelan Madu Sari

Stillpoint

Stillpoint

Chris Gestrin

Dice Thrown

Dice Thrown

Benoit Delbecq & Francois Houle

Phonetics

Phonetics

Benoit Delbecq 5

Crowd Theory

Crowd Theory

Jerry Granelli and Badlands

Sandhills Reunion

Sandhills Reunion

Jerry Granelli

(co)incidents

(co)incidents

Mark Nodwell

Nemesis

Nemesis

Mark Nodwell

Everything in Stages

Everything in Stages

Paul Plimley

Humming

Humming

Talking Pictures & Jorrit Dijkstra