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Amirtha Kidambi & Lea Bertucci – Phase Eclipse

Phase Eclipse is the debut of a duo featuring electronics musician Lea Bertucci and vocalist Amirtha Kidambi (both play other instruments, but not on this album). Even to say Bertucci’s on electronics is somewhat misleading, as her instrument on the album is, primarily, a reel-to-reel tape machine, which she uses to manipulate live recording of Kidambi’s vocals. The result is somewhat reminiscent of Peter Evans Quintet, where Sam Pluta plays a similar role as Bertucci does here. But the tactility of the tape reels warp sound in ways digital electronics can only mimic, and Kidambi vocals are, for those familiar with her quartet Elder Ones and Darius Jones’s Elizabeth-Caroline Unit, tremendously complex and equally tactile. Not unlike KVL, the layers of complexity can take a few listens to track, but plumbing the depths is highly rewarding." - Lee Rice Epstein, Free Jazz Blog

"What results is a music that’s simultaneously visceral and cerebral, intellectual and spiritual, and unlike anything else you’ve heard." - Steve Smith on Phase Eclipse


Recorded January 2019 at Pioneer Works and The Kitchen.
Tracks 1-4 recorded by Justin Frye.
Mixed & Mastered by Lea Bertucci.

Special thank you to Pioneer Works and The Kitchen. Side B dedicated to Ellen O'Meara.

Available as a 320k MP3 or 24bit FLAC download


1. Extensions & Distortions 00:40
2. Smoldering, Seething 09:42
3. Brood 06:42
4. Under the Influence 08:37
5. Live at The Kitchen 24:14