FIRST SOLO GIG DATES:
Next week, I’ll be supporting Rob Beckinsale’s Auralcandy at The Beehive, Swindon – Friday 8th December. I’ll playing a selection of new songs I’ve recently written plus a few choice covers. https://www.facebook.com/events/146427185990869/
Then the following weekend, I’ll be playing at the Lazy Sunday Afternoon with Steve Cox’s Mr Love & Justice and S’Go on Sunday 17th December. For this one, I’ll be joined by Amy Fry on clarinet, saxophone and vocals and we’ll be playing some of my new songs plus some Karda Estra pieces too. https://www.facebook.com/events/314954698913003/
A new Karda Estra album TIME AND STARS will be released in June 2016 on CD (Believers Roast BR019). This edition collects the two EPs: THE SEAS AND THE STARS and FUTURE SOUNDS.
A new Karda Estra EP FUTURE SOUNDS will be released on 21st November 2015.
A new Karda Estra single YONDO will be released on 5th October, 2015. This will be available as a free download for a limited time from Bandcamp. The piece was composed by Richard Wileman and is based on the story ‘The Abominations Of Yondo’ by Clark Ashton Smith.
The Karda Estra EP THE SEAS AND THE STARS will be available from Bandcamp on 4th August, 2015 as a download and a very limited CDR/signed picture postcard (edition of 51). The EP will be made more generally available (download and streaming only) by the end of August.
‘The Seas And The Stars’ chronicles the collision between the Andromeda galaxy and our own Milky Way, the eventual end of everything, a celestial intervention and a return to where everything began – viewed from an impossible, empty shoreline. All in 20 minutes.
‘Karda Estra has always provided the sound track to truly big ideas, deep thoughts and boundless expanse…’ full review by Dave Franklin.
The eleventh Karda Estra album STRANGE RELATIONS will be released on CD in January 2015 on the Believers Roast label (Cat no: BR016). Available from Genepool, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Bandcamp, Wayside, Kinesis and Synphonic. The download version of the album will be released on 9th February 2015.
The album features six collaborations with drummer Paul Sears (The Muffins). Track two also features Kavus Torabi’s (Knifeworld) third appearance on a Karda Estra album.
Strange Relations 1 [4:32] Strange Relations 2 [5:27] Strange Relations 3 [9:15] Strange Relations 4 [6:47] Strange Relations 5 [9:10] Strange Relations 6 [5:27] Ylla [4:45] The Wanton Subtlety Of Monna Tessa [7:40]
Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 composed by Richard Wileman and Paul Sears.
Track 2 composed by Richard Wileman, Paul Sears and Kavus Torabi.
Tracks 7, 8 composed by Richard Wileman.
Richard Wileman – electric, acoustic, classical and bass guitars, keyboards, samples, percussion, zither, rastrophone with: Caron de Burgh – oboe (4, 5, 8), cor anglais (4, 8) Amy Fry – clarinet (4 , 7, 8) , saxophone (4, 5, 7) Mike Ostime – trumpet (2) Paul Sears – drums (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), percussion (6) Kavus Torabi – electric guitar (2) Ileesha Wileman – vocals (5, 8)
‘Strange beauty’ is probably my favoured cliché for describing Karda Estra; music that blends classical chamber instruments with rock instruments and synthesiser without, even for a moment, sounding like any kind of a fusion, this album is yet another among an amazing number of totally coherent and emotionally powerful artistic statements. Utterly wonderful music’. Oliver Arditi
Karda Estra’s tenth album MONDO PROFONDO will be released on 22nd July, 2013 on the Believers Roast label. It will be released as a download and a special edition 2-on-1 CD. The CD also features the ninth album NEW WORLDS from 2011 which so far has only been available as a download.
The album features four Richard Wileman compositions plus two collaborations – one with Matt Baber (Sanguine Hum) and another with Mohadev and Benjamin DeGain (Terraformation), Stu Rowe (Lighterthief/Andy Partridge), Kavus Torabi (Knifeworld/Cardiacs) and Phil Mercy (Thieves’ Kitchen). New Worlds also features collaborations with Rowe and Torabi plus Bridget Wishart and Don Falcome (Hawkwind / Spirits Burning).