Amanita Release Voted in Top 100-CD Givaway

Subject: Amanita Release Voted in Top 100-CD Givaway
Date: Wed Dec 22 1999 - 15:03:15 EST

I am pleased and delighted to say that "The Sound of One Hand Clapping" has
been voted as one of the the Top 100 Avant Garde Releases in 1999 by Delire
Actuel Radio. That's right, right on the same list as Harry Partch, Evan
Parker, Ivo Pearlman, Fred Frith, Henry Kaiser, Eugene Chadbourne, etc. As
Delire actuel states:

""Between 1995 and 1998, JOSEPH BENZOLA, a percussionist and
electroacoustician, released four cassettes on his own record label, Amanita
Music. He recently re-released them on CD. The Sound of One Hand Clapping is
his latest effort. The first half of the record is the title track, an
eight-part suite for percussion. This very introspective work becomes almost
tantric at times. Follows "Portraits of the Dead" a series of eight pieces
written as tributes to some of the greatest composers who have left this
world. "Tributees" include Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, John Cage, Edgar Varese
and Theolonious Monk, but the best work is the one dedicated to Sun Ra.
Benzola really captured the essence of Sun Ra's magic and managed to make it
his, turning what could have been a simple rip-offed imitation into a true
tribute. Bravo."

To see what you have been missing, please go to and read about and listen to samples
from "The Sound of One Hand Clapping

In the spirit of giving for the holidays, anyone from this list who would
like a FREE copy of this CD, please drop me an e-mail message within the next
few days.

I would also like to say thank you to many of the people on this list
including Steve Bradley, Tom Lopez, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Chris Meloche,
Andrew Czink, and others for giving my music (and others) a chance to be
heard to a sympathetic audience.

A Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year!!

Joseph Benzola
Amanita Music
The Most Beautiful Sound Inside Your Head

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