Pantry of Salt and Sugar

Madame Dolores

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Her bold, radical voice is an intentional act on the confines of stereotypes. Seemingly disparate, often deliciously dissonant and tension-filled, polyrhythmic electronic sonic scapes.

A selection of 15 songs culled from a two-year, 500 microsong project, The Pantry of Salt and Sugar offers raw sonic pastiches, each serving as a touchpoint for

Her bold, radical voice is an intentional act on the confines of stereotypes. Seemingly disparate, often deliciously dissonant and tension-filled, polyrhythmic electronic sonic scapes.

A selection of 15 songs culled from a two-year, 500 microsong project, The Pantry of Salt and Sugar offers raw sonic pastiches, each serving as a touchpoint for universal themes of tragedy, confusion, loss and love. Musical selections range from 1 minute to four-minute pieces, each its own vignette that brings unique imagery and color to form abstract canvases for the ear.

Artist Madame Dolores, who is a first generation immigrant and multiracial female composer and performer, after the 2017 inauguration, took to her phone not to tweet, but to compose music, wherein she generated deep, electronically soulful and discordant music chronicling her socio-emotional reflections on present-day America.

States Madame Dolores: “My morning ritual became to pick up my iPhone and compose spontaneous micro-songs – all music, lyrics and vocals are improvised responses to my past, present, and future selves.”

The results are a channel stream of consciousness, an emotional bloodletting and paradigm shift for personal survival during these tumultuous times. What began as a micro- song project has evolved into full on electro-compositions triggered by memories, encounters, reflections and experiences beyond politics. Influenced by her love of horror films and Euro film noir, science fiction and musical genres ranging from Avant Garde jazz, Funk, 1960’s soundtracks, performance art and punk rock, Madame Dolores’ love of beats, movement and layering of sound, along with her earthy, intense vocals lift each song to its own suspenseful precipice, leaving the listener wondering what’s next in the Pantry. Will it be salty, or sugary?

With less than 10% of music having been created by a woman, Madame Dolores’ strong stance for female artists is present in her musical works as well as her visual art and curatorial practice. Called “Nina Hagen meets Sun Ra” by her producer, Kevin Reynolds out of Los Angelese, her art riffs on heavy, dark polyrhythms that become an abstract canvas for the ear. The album features the sonic magic of Producer, Kevin Reynolds from Los Angeles and Pittsburgh’s own beloved Producer of deep beats, Soy Sos.

Her first released single, Killing Patterns video was featured as part of Alisha Wormsley and Ricardo Iamuuri’s Public Art work at Market Square, Streaming Space. The Killing Patterns video was created by students from Penn State.

From The Pantry of Salt and Sugar, standout songs include “Land of the Shrinking Hearts,” “Still Lonely, in a Crowd” and “I Don’t Belong to No Country.” Madame Dolores currently performs vocals in Indigenous Resistance and Qlitterati, is an artist member of the #notwhitecollective, and has a traveling exhibition “The Book of White People.”

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Killing Patterns

Madame Dolores

Abstract Canvas for the Ear

The Pantry of Salt and Sugar asks that you put your mask on first.... The Pantry of Salt and Sugar, a micro-song project where she improvises compositions, lyrics, vocals and production in the moment; the emotional moment. It is emotion that drives the structure and form for these seemingly disparate, dissonant,

Abstract Canvas for the Ear

The Pantry of Salt and Sugar asks that you put your mask on first.... The Pantry of Salt and Sugar, a micro-song project where she improvises compositions, lyrics, vocals and production in the moment; the emotional moment. It is emotion that drives the structure and form for these seemingly disparate, dissonant, polyrhythmic electronic sonic scapes. From the personal to the political, these songs resonate her context in the unchanging times we live. The songs are mischievous koans, scathing portraits, oblique observations and heart-wrenched confessions of a shaky vulnerability that wonders, if I save myself, will I be saving you too, because I can’t live her unless I am saving myself, daily. For life is a pantry full of ups and downs, salt and sugar and the recipe boils down to how you respond to either.

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Amor Fati

Christiane Dolores

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Christiane Dolores has combined elements of trip-hop and jazz, spoken word and psych-rock, to create a unique piano-led singer-songwriter sound aligned as much to 20th-century lieder as to R&B; part Kurt Weill, part Portishead. - Justin Hopper

"With Amor Fati the artist Christiane Dolores tempts the casual listener to conjure up a strange

Christiane Dolores has combined elements of trip-hop and jazz, spoken word and psych-rock, to create a unique piano-led singer-songwriter sound aligned as much to 20th-century lieder as to R&B; part Kurt Weill, part Portishead. - Justin Hopper

"With Amor Fati the artist Christiane Dolores tempts the casual listener to conjure up a strange cabaret where the legitimate quirkiness of Laurie Anderson, the poetic earnestness of Jeff Buckley and the jazz/gospel stylings of a glittering, long-dead era have been deliciously combined. But after a few listens you realize these sweet, catchy, air-tight songs have been been bought and paid for by a real woman over the course of a lifetime. If acceptance is the adult version of patience then this music shows you can have peace with a broken world."-Alexi Morrissey

"One hand. Five fingers. Each leading me down a different road. I liked not knowing what to expect. I knew that wherever I’d be taken, I’d be OK; I’d find my way back. I heard sadness, anger, strength, frustration, erraticness, howling, dark playfulness, irritation, honesty, wisdom, tenderness, love. A country of emotions to travel in a handful of songs." - ebele

Christiane Dolores lyrics, music, voice, percussion. Ryan Miller arrangement & scores of compositions. Dana Canone Recording and Mixing engineer. Recorded at the Church Recording Studios. Co-produced by Christiane Dolores and Dana Canonee. Mastered by Fred Kevorkian of Kevorkian Mastering.

Sound Chris Belin - Drums Justin Brown - Bass Paul Cunningham - Keys

Vox Phat Man Dee Geña Música

Photography by Curtis Reaves and Gavin Benjamin.

Funded in small part by the Advancing the Black Arts Grant, all else funded by my holey pocket.

Amor fati is a Latin phrase that may be loosely translated as "love of fate" or "love of one's fate". It is used to describe an attitude in which one sees everything that happens in one's life, including suffering and loss, as good or, at the very least, necessary. In that they are among the facts of one's life and existence, so they are always necessarily there whether one likes them or not.

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Obliquity of the Ecliptic

Christiane D

Sonically, the album warps through punk-rock aesthetics, hip-hop montage, rock 'n' roll power and inflections of jazz free-spiritedness. - Kate Magoc PGH City Paper

This product was made by a HUMAN.

“You just gotta love a woman who says “If I were a man I’d kick your ass, but for now I’ll kill you with words,” in the dry manner that singer/poetess

Sonically, the album warps through punk-rock aesthetics, hip-hop montage, rock 'n' roll power and inflections of jazz free-spiritedness. - Kate Magoc PGH City Paper

This product was made by a HUMAN.

“You just gotta love a woman who says “If I were a man I’d kick your ass, but for now I’ll kill you with words,” in the dry manner that singer/poetess Christiane D does...”-
Christiane D (Leach) is an award-winning artist and is best known as a distinctive face and voice of the Pittsburgh art scene. In 2010, she received an August Wilson Center Fellowship in support of her first solo recording which features over twenty Pittsburgh-based musicians and producers. In 2007, along with her feminine peers, she was honored at the New Hazlett Theatre's gala, Celebrating Women in the Arts. In 2003, she received a Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship for World/Jazz/Blues musical composition, and in 2002 received a Pittsburgh magazine’s “40 under 40” award.

As a poet, artist, writer, and musician, she has made building bridges between disciplines a major focus in her art. She is described by many as a passionately intense, husky voiced sensual presence, which will turn your head and more than likely inspire you to shout, shake, rattle and heal.

In Obliquity of the Ecliptic (OOTE), Christiane D has produced her first solo album. This collection of songs reaches into the very fabric of human experience; struggling to survive, falling from grace, or rising to the heavens. Astronomically speaking, OOTE is the pull on the planet towards the light of the sun or the darkness of space, the reason for the seasons. The earth’s axis is tilting from high and warm to low and cold, immutable and shifting the cycle of days. Various theories state the earth’s axis is not fixed and immutable for all times. Recent natural disasters have disrupted the earth’s rotation and caused its spin to accelerate. Indonesian earthquake/tsunami - 2.68 microseconds. Sumatran earthquake – 6.8 microseconds. Chilean earthquake – 1.26 microseconds. Japanese earthquake – 1.8 microseconds.

She became fascinated with the circular wobble and cyclical motion of the earth’s ecliptic and how it mirrored her own shifts and spoke to her need to realign, balance during her own personal disasters. OOTE is a collection of intimate songs that pinpoint the balance, imbalance, breakups and breakdowns of the human condition. Marking each of these disasters are poetic satellite interludes signaling emotional shifts, tracing the influence of astral changes, connecting the stories.

An enigmatic musical raconteur “... whose lyrics tell unconventional stories in traditional prose or poetic ways; more extreme than the folk ballads of Johnny Cash or Bob Dylan. Leach’s stories are like movies, with scenes set and emotions conveyed through the eyes of the characters…”
Intimate and human, Christiane D uses her prodigious storytelling skills to narrate human catastrophes: a drug addicted boyfriend; self hate in the mirror; finding the strength despite the disasters; creating inner peace from the stars and space above.

Drawing on the traditions of African-American styles of Jazz, Blues, Funk and Hip-Hop, Christiane D fuses these influences with Rock, Punk, Classical/Opera, world/ethnic music and early Electronica into a multi-genre blend. She has evolved the practices of improvisational jazz to encompass the beats of these diverse genres, creating a layered and unique sound.

Her earliest musical influences came from her parent’s collection of classical and world music. John Coltrane, Weather Report, Willie Colon, Beethoven, Sarah Vaughn, and Flora Purim, are a few of the artists that provided a round the clock soundtrack for her childhood. Using that early exposure, she and her sister built their own music collection of rebellion that spanned Punk, Heavy Metal and Hip Hop: a “vermischung” (blending) of Black Flag, Judas Priest, Grace Jones, Gang of Four, Kraftwerk, Au Pair, Black Sabbath, Parliament and Public Enemy.

Christiane D, solo and reinventing herself, decided to tap into the expansive community of remarkable musicians in Pittsburgh who would be skillfully receptive to experimentation. OOTE features an impressive roster of over twenty musicians and producers whose genres span from jazz to heavy metal. She brought them together for the fist time to create music with only a rough draft to work from. The recordings capture the power of improvisation and magic of spontaneity.

“OOTE speaks timelessly, with a spiritual backbone and genre-bending sound (Leach neologically deems her genre "esque"), but also alludes to our current world with hints of gender politics and class struggle. Sonically, the album warps through punk-rock aesthetics, hip-hop montage, rock 'n' roll power and inflections of jazz free-spiritedness.” - Kate Magoc, Pittsburgh City Paper

Christiane D...An artist making music...a poet singing songs... a musician doing films...a songwriter spinning text... a visionary on an art journey

Releases Soma Mestizo: Albums: Ergo, Life of a toy, Peepshow, Interim I & II, Silversun ep (Natural Resources records), Nasty Boy, and Telomere.

3 Generations Walking: Songs: Skin, Moments in Love, Glory, Mohawk, and Feed

Indigenous Resistance: Songs: Eagle Screaming Red Sky Alight, Tattoo, and Ivere...the land.

Songwriting: Phat Man Dee: Christiane D’s songs featured on her two releases, Life just Goes On and Torch of Blue.

OOTE features: Guitars: Craig Izzy Arlet and John Purse

Bass: Ketan Bakrania, John mutherfuckin Hall, TFunk, John Purse and Paul Thompson

Drums: Ken Foley, Paul Quattrone, Richard Gartner, Chris Belin.

Piano/Keys: Eubela Bey, Paul Cunningham and John Purse.

MCs: Dane Cosby and Jack Wilson.

Additional vocals: Brian Cummings, Olivia Payne, John Purse, Stevee Wellons (Tambourine).

Additional beat programming: Paul Quattrone and Eric Yeschke.

Production by Oyo Ellis, Beau Demonte and Noel Hefele and Herman Soy Sos Pearl. Samples featured from Sugar Pie Desanto's "Git Back" and Herbie Hancock's "I Have a Dream".

Satellite Soundscapes (Monotron, samples and keyboard) created by yours truly, Christiane D.

This product was made by a HUMAN.

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