February 23rd Unseen Worlds is releasing the first ever vinyl and download/streaming re-issue of Jacqueline Humbert and David Rosenboom's J. Jasmine: My New Music worldwide via Secretly Distribution.
Recorded in 1977 and released in 1978 as a private press LP made specifically for the 1978 Ann Arbor Film Festival under just the pseudonym "J. Jasmine", the record has enjoyed some cult status as a private press curio for many years, with little to no recognition paid to the fact that this was a significant performance-art, post-genre song cycle masterminded by Jacqueline Humbert (famed for voice and set design work for Robert Ashley) and David Rosenboom (legendary avant-garde composer). It is also the precursor album to Jacqueline Humbert & David Rosenboom's Daytime Viewing (re-released by Unseen Worlds in 2013).
On J. Jasmine: My New Music, we get to hear the organic arranging style of Rosenboom that was also used on early versions of the songs on Daytime Viewing, but eventually replaced with primarily electronic orchestrations. Featuring a cast of Mills College personalities like David Behrman and Sam Ashley on backup vocal duties, this song cycle is at every turn boundary-pushing and gender-busting, yet still hilarious, sweet, and genuine, all delivered in a post-genre, art-song, cabaret musical style that happens to boast some serious avant-garde chops, courtesy of Rosenboom. If it weren’t so spot on, you’d swear it was a guilty pleasure. As "J. Jasmine" writes, "My New Music is a collection of personal stories and private desires, exposed, articulated, performed and dedicated to the hope that one person's fantasies can contribute to another person's freedom."
In additon to the LP and digital editions, we are also offering a limited number (300) of the of the original 1978 printing of the J. Jasmine Songbook, which has scores, lyrics and images for all the songs on the LP. Printed but never distributed because of the book distributor going out of business, this is a must-have item for fans of Humber and Rosenboom.