Italian musician-composer Caterina Barbieri just launched her new label-“Light Years”-through a track on which she collaborated with American musical artist Lyra Pramuk who now lives in Berlin, Germany, called “Knot of Spirit”. To announce the release of the track both took to their respective Instagram accounts to share a heartfelt note which they wrote as a caption for the single cover, artwork, and illustrations they shared as pictures. In the note, both of them expressed their gratefulness to each other and their team and talked about the inspirations and experiences that drove them to create the masterpiece.
What is “Knot of Spirit” about?
Caterina threw light on the details. She mentioned that through this track, she eloquently tried to give space and time to pain. Lyra shared that Caterina’s music has been a great driving force for her over the years and combining their sounds and music knowledge into this track was a truly heartfelt operation. She further added that the past year of self-isolation gave all of us a lot of time to self-reflect and if anything definite has come out of it, it’s the fact that we’re all in a vicious process of creating a world that is changing swiftly and continuously in front of our eyes. Through space we give to our pain and miseries, we will be enabled to create a change in the world for good. This will be a change that is sustainable and long-term. Sharing further details, both of them credited Dasha Kuznetsova for his oil painting which was used as the single cover, and an artist with the username tulpess for hand-embroidery lettering. Caterina further expressed her gratitude to Jacob Jan Wise for designing the label’s logo and the agency OUTER and the label K7 Music for making the project possible.
Caterina Barbieri shared with The Quietus about what sparked this idea of creating her label, what encouraged her, and everything she hopes to achieve through this new venture. Being a sustainability enthusiast, she mentioned that along with music releases, her multidisciplinary platform will also cover art, fashion, and visual media by using resourced or recycled materials consciously, considering the impact of releasing physical objects.
Who are these budding artists?
Caterina Barbieri studied electroacoustic composition for her bachelor’s degree and went on to study classical guitar for her master’s degree, both from the Conservatory of Bologna, Italy. From the faculty of humanities and philosophy of Bologna, she earned another bachelor’s degree through a thesis in Ethnomusicology about Hindustani music and minimalism. Through her, Caterina attempts to divulge in the area of psychoacoustic properties of repetition. She is considered a composer with a very no-frills and minimal approach in a broader sense.
Lyra Pramuk, who was born and brought up in rural Pennsylvania, now calls Berlin her home. She was a part of the church choir, she went on to become a student of classical music at Eastman School of Music. Being brought up in a small and conservative town, she struggled to come out as a gay man. When she went back to Germany, she got more time and space to understand her identity as a trans-woman. There she also became involved in electronic music.