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July 1, 2017Glace release date: July 21, 2017!Australian multi-instrumentalist & singer-songwriter Desmond White delivers a formidable album.

Featuring guests Nate Wood, Raye Zaragoza, Kate Kay Es, Mark Whitfield Jr.


Biophilia Records is excited to announce the release of Glace, Desmond White's second album for the Harlem-based label. An expansion of the themes from the acclaimed 2013 release Short Stories, Glace locates and elucidates the beauty found in the darker regions of the human experience.

Special guests contributed to many of the album's ten tracks—collaborations built on relationships formed since Desmond’s relocation to New York in 2009. Drummer Nate Wood brings spirited momentum to “Dream Girl,” which also features the ethereal vocals of Native-American songstress Raye Zaragoza. Australian R&B sensation Kate Kay Es delivers a spellbinding coda to “Righteous Path, “while “Silence” showcases guitar virtuoso Carl Morgan.

Glace ruminates on the meaning and consequence of existence, art, and male identity in order to generate a musical result that draws on the songwriting pantheon from Woody Guthrie to Elliot Smith, while subtly enlisting the harmonic dialects of jazz. The music resonates with joy and pain found anew, inviting the listener into an experience of fulfillment, transgression, and loss. 

"New York drives people to the edge,” Desmond explains. “You come out the other side with a vulnerability that informs the music you make.” From headlining international festivals to navigating a path through depression, White has weathered the extremes familiar to an in-demand NYC musician.

Glace rewards the repeat listener. It opens with ornate and lush instrumentation that over the course of the album is trimmed and condensed to the essential. Individual songs change direction, time signature, and key, taking unexpected turns. It is a dark-hued pop album, but it is also more than that. Glace is an affirmation of Desmond White’s devotion to carefully crafted and thoughtful songs, a worthy descendant of Short Stories (November 18, 2013 from Biophilia Records), and a step forward for an artist who continues to develop and surprise.
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June 16, 2017Endless Field release around the corner!Close your eyes and picture an “endless field” – what comes to mind might be a placid landscape...grass stretching out as far as the eye can see, swaying gently in the wind.

Now look up, and another endless field looms overhead – the vast expanse of space, the night sky offering a glimpse of its infinite majesty. Think in less literal terms, and the phrase might suggest the never-ending pursuit of the musician or artist – a field of study that can last a lifetime and beyond.

All of those meanings tumble together on the uncategorizable, cinematically beautiful self-titled debut album from Endless Field (out June 23 from Biophilia Records), the duo of longtime collaborators Jesse Lewis and Ike Sturm. Both intimate and expansive, boundless and introspective, the album captures the genre-vaulting imagination and the deftly entwined vision of these two artists and their special guests, drawn from some of the most forward-looking voices in modern music.
May 9, 2017"Alcanza" available for pre-order on iTunes!Alcanza, a nine movement suite written for Rhizome (voice, guitar, strings, piano, bass, drums and electronics). The music provides a view of the world as seen through the eyes of a stranger; dealing with the process of searching for our own path and the ways in which we react to those unexpected, confounding life events that ultimately shape who we are. Alcanza aims to reflect the beauty, frustrations and paradoxes of life, reminding us of the importance of always reaching for everything in life that brings us joy and love.
Alcanza (the Spanish word for “reach”) has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2014 New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.
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March 23, 2017The BIOPHOLIO™ meets the world! Lara Bello's SIKAMELARA BELLO'S SIKAME. The BIOPHOLIO™click here to read more...
January 28, 2017beautiful sneak peek into Lara Bello's next album, SikamePersonnel: Lara Bello, voice, percussion/ Lionel Loueke, guitar, voice/ Romero Lubambo, guitar/ Gil Goldstein- accordion, percussion/ Rajiv Jayaweera, percussion/ Samuel Torres, percussion.

Original composition by Lionel Loueke with new lyrics by Lara Bello.
This is the title track of the Album, Sikame means “Inside The Gold” in Fon language.

Corto animado "SIKAME, El alma de oro" de El Buen Árbol animation studio para la cantante y compositora Lara Bello. Adelanto de su nuevo álbum "SIKAME" que presentará en 2017.
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January 19, 2017Fabian Almazan participates in anti-fascism concertFacing a catastrophic regime change, on January 19th outstanding jazz musicians will gather together at The Symphony Space in NYC for a rare concert to say: “NO! In the name of humanity, we stand against a fascist America.” An extraordinary evening of artistic passion, urgent commitment, hosted by five time Grammy winner Arturo O’Farrill, this live streamed concert takes place the night before the scheduled inauguration –with protests growing in Washington DC and around the country.http://symphonyspace.org/home
January 12, 2017Biophilia Records participates in an environmental justice panel hosted by the NRDC during WinterJazz Fest 2017 in NYCBiophilia Records founder Fabian Almazan participates in a panel discussion dealing with environmental justice and the music industry during the 2017 WInterJazz Fest in New York CIty, hosted by the NRDC.
December 14, 2016Biophilia Records featured on the Village Voice"I felt I had to do this from just a moral perspective," Fabian Almazan, the founder of Biophilia, tells the Voice. "The financial risk is worth it. I find it rewarding and grounding."

— Almazan founded his slowly in 2011 and will ramp it up in 2017 — but 2016 was a banner year for a couple.
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November 12, 2016Biophilia Artists volunteer with NYC Trees!We're very proud of our biophilians Ike Sturm, Lara Bello and Kyle Saulnier. These three generous and talented musicians volunteered their time to assist the wonderful organization, Trees NY to cultivate the soil, un-compacted the mulch in the tree beds, cleared out the trash, and planted bulbs.
November 5, 2016new video from the Awakening Orchestra! - "atticus"Album release is December 6th!
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September 30, 2016Rhizome joins forces with InspireCorps at P.S. 81 in Brooklyn, NYFabian Almazan and his Rhizome ensemble came to PS81 on Friday, September 30th

They listened, squirmy but attentive to the jazz ensemble in front of them... :)

It was a beautiful performance for a group of young eager students with many questions. Thank you to Inspire Corps and Chamber Music America for making this possible!
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September 11, 2016Volunteering with Trees New YorkWe had a great time alongside some of our favorite people (who happen to be Biophilians) Jessie Wu, Melvis Santa and Bryan Copeland volunteering with Trees New York this weekend!
Tomorrow, Tuesday night, father Aardvark and us Aardvarks will be performing at Shapeshifter. I LOVE this band. Hope to see you there!
August 2, 2016Biophilia artists teaching about the water cycle with the BioBus!We're so proud and inspired by current and future Biophilia Records artists Bryan Copeland , Andrea Wood and Melvis Santa ... Here are some beautiful pictures (courtesy of Jessie Wu ) from them at the BioBus base (wonderful organization- check them out at http://www.biobus.org/) where they helped a group of young girls learn about the water cycle through the use of music.
When we started this label a couple of years ago, we wanted it to be a home for musicians who not only create meaningful, imaginative music, but also care deeply about the environment. I feel so unbelievably fortunate to have met and heard all of these wonderful human beings and musicians. Hope you all have a great weekend!
July 23, 2016Volunteering with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation.Today, Biophilia Records artists and friends got together once again for another fulfilling and fun day of volunteering with New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.

When I started this label a couple of years ago, I wanted it to be a home for musicians who not only create meaningful, imaginative music, but also care deeply about the environment. I feel so unbelievably fortunate to have met and heard all of these wonderful human beings and musicians. Hope you all have a great weekend!
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May 7, 20165th Annual RiverKeeper SweepToday, for the first time, a couple of us Biophilia Artists got together and volunteered to participate in the 5th annual RiverKeeper Sweep, in collaboration with the Manhattan Wetlands and Wildlife Association and Conservancy North. We had a great time cleaning Inwood's North Cove on the Harlem River. I was joined by three Biophilia artists with incredibly unique voices, Jesse Lewis, Bryan Copeland and Desmond White. We had a great time and will be getting together again in the near future!

- Fabian Almazan
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