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Pariah

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Pariah - A Fairy Tale

Composed by Cellista

“Pariah dances, mourns, rejoices, sleeps, sits bolt upright from a nightmare ecstasy, embraces, soothes, ennobles, annoys and interrogates; Pariah hopes and fucks and dreams and howls; Pariah is close; Pariah breathes impossibly soi-disant.” ---

Daniel Felsenfeld, composer, Cellista co-conspirator

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Pariah, the conceptual fairytale album, debuts on October 1st, 2021. The multimedia piece blurs the lines between several disciplines and genres. Composed and arranged specifically for immersive audio, Pariah was recorded under the duress of the pandemic at East West Studios in Los Angeles and mixed into 5.1.4 channels at legendary Skywalker Sound.

This dreamlike, theatrical album expands across media. In signature Cellista style, Pariah defies standard categorization. The project tells the tale of Pariah, a woman cast out from her community for daring to speak truth to power. The story follows her exile from her home in Cloture, her encounters with apparitions, love, and her eventual acceptance of herself. Cellista explains "I call my work stage poems. They are resistance art, they are politically concerned, observant and revealing. Their intention is to break down barriers between audience and performers in a collective act of witnessing."

The operetta features the work of composers Mazz Swift, Joshua Icban, and Peter Colclasure along with performances from actress Dawn L. Troupe, soprano Carla Canales and Hilary Whitmore, rapper Demone Carter, beatboxer Track IX, poet and journalist Gary Singh.

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released October 1, 2021

Pariah Album Liner Notes & Credits
Artist: Cellista
Album Title: Pariah
Tracks:
1. Debris Field (Grand Mal)
2. The Banishment
3. Pariah
4. Small Prophecies
5. Laurie Green
6. Pretend
7. Dawn Chorus
Recording Dates: December 2020 - July 2021
Release Date: September 30th, 2021
Record Label: Juxtapositions
UPC/ISRC: 085218028893
Immersive Executive Producer: Freya Cellista
Immersive Mix Engineer: Heidi Trefethen
Immersive Mastering Engineer: Anna Frick
Immersive Dolby Atmos Mastering: Michael Romanowski
Based on a story written by Frank Seeburger and Freya Cellista
Edited by Charles Hoge
Performers
Piano – Joel Clifft (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Cello – Freya Cellista (tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Electric Guitar – Joshua Icban (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6)
Percussion – Brietta Greger (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Soprano (Pariah) – Hilary Whitmore (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6)
Soprano (Laurie Green) – Carla Canales (track 5)
Narrator – Dawn L. Troupe (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 7)
Vocals (Poser) – Demone Carter (tracks 1, 3, 4, 6)
Beat Boxer – Julia Ramos (tracks 1, 3, 4)
Fixed Piano – Freya Cellista (track 1)
Conductor – David Möschler (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
Assistance/Consultation

Immersive sound consult – Gus Skinas
Vocal assistant for Demone Carter – Ellis Carter
Studios/Assistant Engineers
East West Studios, Los Angeles; Cory Scott McCormick
Tiny Telephone, Oakland; Danielle Goldsmith
Skywalker Sound, Marine,CA; Dann Thompson
Flux Studios, NYC; Daniel Sanint
Women’s Audio Mission, San Francisco
25th Street Studios, Oakland
Chez Cellista, San Jose

Tracks
1. Debris Field (Grand Mal)
Composer: Peter Colclasure
Arrangers: Charles Barrett; Freya Cellista
Lyricists: Georg Trakl Winter Evening; Demone Carter; Freya Cellista
Recorded at Chez Cellista; East West Studios by Heidi Trefethen and Keith Munson;
Tiny Telephone Oakland by Heidi Trefethen
2. The Banishment
Composer: Brietta Greger
Arranger: Freya Cellista
Recorded at East West Studios by Heidi Trefethen and Keith Munson
3. Pariah
Composer: Freya Cellista
Arranger: Charles Barrett
Lyricist: Demone Carter
Recorded at East West Studios by Heidi Trefethen and Keith Munson; Tiny Telephone
Oakland by Heidi Trefehen
Consultation from Nahuel Bronzini and Hector Armienta
4. Small Prophecies
Composer: Freya Cellista
Arranger: Charles Barrett
Lyricist: Demone Carter
Recorded at East West Studios by Heidi Trefethen and Keith Munson; Tiny Telephone
Oakland by Heidi Trefehen
Consultation from Nahuel Bronzini and Hector Armienta
5. Laurie Green
Composer: Mazz Swift
Arranger: Freya Cellista
Lyricists: Jacqueline Suskin; narrator parts by Frank Seeburger and Freya Cellista
Recorded at East West Studios by Heidi Trefethen and Keith Munson
Cello recorded at Women’s Audio Mission by Heidi Trefethen
Soprano vocals recorded at Flux Studios by Heidi Trefethen and Chris Botta
Additional mixing at 25th Street Studios by Heidi Trefethen
Consultation by David Möschler
6. Pretend
Composer: Joshua Icban
Lyricist: Gary Singh Pretend
Recorded at East West Studios by Heidi Trefethen and Keith Munson
Soprano vocals recorded at Tiny Telephone Oakland by Heidi Trefethen
Cello recorded at Skywalker Sound by Heidi Trefethen
7. Dawn Chorus
Composer: Freya Cellista
Cello line sampled from Pretend by Joshua Icban
Field recording by Freya Cellista at Stalag VIIIA, Poland
Narrator vocals recorded at Tiny Telephone Oakland by Heidi Trefethen
Mixed at Skywalker Sound by Heidi Trefethen


Our Pariahs:
Cellista
Frank Seeburger Charles Hoge Anna Frick Heidi Trefethen Keith Munson Julia Ramos Joshua Icban Joel Clifft
Dawn L. Troupe Demone Carter
Brietta Greger
David Möschler Danielle Goldsmith Cory Scott McCormick Hilary Whitmore Dann Thompson Charles Barrett
Mazz Swift Carla Canales Chris Botta Daniel Sanint
Book Illustrations by: Jaclyn Alderete
Cover Art: Joseph Loughborough Cover Design: Ian Young Quiet Giant Designs

Special Thanks:
Nicolas Hadacek. For all you do. Perpetually and unconditionally. Your love and support. I wouldn’t be here without you. Je t’aime.
Mom & Dad for your enduring love and support. For always picking up the phone and listening.
Samuel King Mason for the use of your father’s cello in this recording. I hope you may feel his spirit within this record. I’m grateful for the cocoon we’ve shared across time
Rykarda Parasol thank you for your continual belief in me and my work and for the shelter you
mixing
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spoken
mixing &
Nahuel Bronzini for your help with arrangements and your friendship

Daniel Felsenfeld for your mentorship and help with text setting and above all, your friendship
Leslie Ann Jones for the gift of Skywalker Sound
Christen McFarland for perpetually giving me platforms to be heard from. Your mentorship and friendship mean the world.
Sarah Jones for your help in getting this project out there
Chris Thomas for your friendship, guidance, and kindness. Thank you for believing in me and in my process.
Fred Lifsitz for your help with Laurie Green and ongoing belief in me.
Lewis Patzner for taking the time to teach me well.
Rob Mess & Mandy Lahey - For helping me workshop Pariah in the early stages
Deanna Hardies your friendship during the pandemic provided a safe space for me to create this
Roni Menard I’m not sure if you realize how much your calm, determined presence, and friendship helped me during this process. You are a dear friend.
Monica Bolles you sincerely showed me the path to immersive audio & I look forward to toasting Pariah with snake wine!
Gus & Connie Skinas for providing illuminations along the way for
this project to grow and helping it become truly immersive.
Lewis Patzner for your help in learning Laurie Green
This album is dedicated to Lawrence Ferlinghetti whose poetry inspired a life of risk and absurdity for this wanderer.
We are all Pariah.

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Cellista's penchant for performing music in unconventional spaces, and her devotion to collaborating with artists across mediums has led her to create unique performances that incorporate elements of classical music, improvisation, and visual art.

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