Discography of Shandar Records

by Ed Maurer with artistic assistance by John W. Clark

Shandar records was a French record label active in the 1970's that specialized in avant garde music. The label was created and run by Parisian music enthusiast Chantal d'Arcy.  Ms d'Arcy curated an amazing catalog including significant minimalist recordings, free jazz excursions, and musical experiments. As you can hear in this 1973 interview with her on KPFA-FM, she released what she found interesting. Her tastes coupled with her access to some of the most important composer/performers of the time resulted in a distinctive catalog of releases.

Ms d'Arcy had connections with the Maeght Foundation, a private arts foundation in Saint-Paul de Vence, France created by art collectors Aimé and Marguerite Maeght. In addition to presenting visual art by painters and sculptors such as Calder, Giacometti, Chagall, and Miró, the foundation hosted musical events arranged by Ms d'Arcy. Some of the events were recorded and are presented on Shandar. The Shandar address is given on back of the Albert Ayler double LP as 40, rue Mazarine, Paris. 

At least some of the records were issued with a few label color variations. The 10.000 series is the first issue.9 Many of the LPs have liner notes by Daniel CAUX in French with occasional English translation.

Last edited 5 July 2009.

There were two logo designs, the "disc" and the "vertical" logo.

disc logo vertical logo

(SR 10.000) Albert Ayler Nuits de la Fondation Maeght volume 1

  1. Blue labels with disc logo, gatefold cover with disc logo8

Personnel: Albert Ayler: tenor and soprano saxophones. Mary Maria: voice, soprano saxophone. Call Cobbs: piano. Steve Tintweiss: bass. Allen Blairman: drums. Recorded live 25 and 27 July 1970 at Maeght Foundation, St. Paul de Vence. This was Ayler's last gig. tracks: In Heart Only; Spirits; Holy Family; Spirits Rejoice.


(SR 10.001) Sun Ra Nuits de la Fondation Maeght volume 1

  1. Blue lables with disc logo, gatefold cover with disc logo.1
  2. This was licensed to Japan for release on RCA (SHP-6203).14

recorded: 1970 Aout 3/5 St. Paul de Vence.

ILLUMINATES

sound radiates

illuminates

articulates the symbol of

and what it radiates it is

on what it illuminates

it casts the touch of fire


(SR 10.002) Stockhausen Illimite

  1. Blue labels with disc logo. gatefold cover with disc logo1

According to the cover, this was recorded on October 29, 1970, but side-by-side comparison of this recording with the August 24, 1969 recording of Ubegrenzt published on Deutsche Grammaphon reveals the performances to be one and the same.15 Ubegrenzt is a piece from From the Seven Days.


(SR 10.003) Sun Ra Nuits de la Fondation Maeght volume 2

  1. Blue labels with disc logo, gatefold cover with disc logo1
  2. This was licensed to Japan for release on RCA (SHP-6204)14

recorded 1970 Aout 3/5 St. Paul de Vence.

Sometimes in the amazing ignorance

I hear things and see things

I never knew I saw and heard before...


(SR 10.004) Albert Ayler Nuits de la Fondation Maeght volume 2

  1. Blue labels with disc logo, gatefold cover with disc logo1

tracks: Truth Is Marching In; Universal Message; Spiritual Reunion; Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe


(SR 10.005) Steve Reich Four Organs / Phase Patterns

  1. Blue labels with disc logo11

Recorded 1971 March 16, Paris, Theater de la Musique with an ensemble composed of Steve Reich, Steve Chambers, Jon Gibson, Art Murphy and Philip Glass!


(SR 10.007) Pandit Pran Nath

  1. Black labels with disc logo, gatefold cover with disc logo.1

ragas Yaman Kalyan and Punjabi Berva. copyright 1971.


(SR 10.008) Sunny Murray

  1. Blue labels with disc logo6

tracks: A) Angels and Devils. Hilarious Paris. Elephant's Dream. B) Flower Train.

Sunny Murray: drums. Ambrose Jackson: trumpet. Michel Portal: bass clarinet, bassoon. Bob Guerin: bass. Francois Tusques: piano. Bernard Vitet: trumpet. Kenneth Terroade: tenor saxophone. Hart Leroy Bibbs: poetry. Recorded live 8, December, 1968, ORTF studio 104. Hart Leroy Bibbs' poem the Stroller is incorporated into Flower Train. Bibbs is best known as a photographer of jazz musicians.


(SR 10.009) Dashiell Hedayat Obsolete

  1. Blue labels with vertical logo.5

"this record must be played as loud as possible, must be heard as stoned as impossible and thank you everybody" from the cover. Personel: Daevid Allen, William Burroughs, Didier Malherbe, Pip Pyle, Gilli Smyth, Christian Tritsch, and Sam Wyatt (Robert's 5 year old son). Scan courtesy Andrey Henkin.


(SR 10.010) Francois Tusques Intercommunal Music

  1. White labels with disc logo, gatefold cover with disc logo1

Jazz for the revolution. Sunnay Murray, Louis Armfield, Alan Silva, Beb Guerin, Bob Reid, Alan Shorter, Steve Potts. Recorded in Paris, May 11, 1971. Heavy photo of a hell-hole ghetto in the gatefold.


(SR 10.011) Cecil Taylor Nuits de la Fondation Maeght

  1. 3 album set.9

Live recording of Second Act of A on 1969 July 29, Saint-Paul-de-Vence with Cecil Taylor, Jimmy Lyons, Sam Rivers, Andrew Cyrille.


(83501 - 83502) Terry Riley Persian Surgery Dervishes

  1. Black labels with vertical Shandar logo, gatefold jacket has "Shanti" (?) logo on it1
  2. Black labels with Shanti logo11

A confusing pressing. double album. recorded 1971 April 18 in Los Angeles and 1972 May 24 in Paris. This is a fantastic album of improvisation on electric organ and Riley-designed feedback system.


(83502) Terry Riley Persian Surgery Dervishes

  1. Black labels with vertical logo, subtly different from those above, jacket has vertical logo1

single album of the Paris performance


(83503, 83504) Albert Ayler Nuits de la Fondation Maeght

  1. Two albums individually packaged, each with a gatefold covers and color Ayler photos. Disc logo on blue labels.6
  2. Double LP in gatefold cover. Disc logo on blue labels.1

(83505, 83506) Sun Ra Nuits de la Fondation Maeght

  1. Two albums individually packaged. Covers are identical to the 10.001 and 10.003 issues. Disc logo on blue labels.7

(83507, 83508, 83509) Cecil Taylor Nuits de la Fondation Maeght

  1. 3 albums individually packaged. Each has a gatefold cover with same photo but different tint. Black labels with disc logo.1

(83510) LaMonte Young and Marian Zazeela Dream House 78' 17"

  1. Purple labels with Marian Zazeela calligraphy and disc logo. gatefold cover. copyright 1973.1

contains 13 I 73 5:35 - 6:14:03 PM NYC by The Theater of Eternal Music: LaMonte Young - voice and sine waves, Marian Zazeela - voice, Jon Hassell - trumpet, Garret List - trombone. Drift Study 14 VII 73 9:27:27 - 10:06:41 PM NYC


(83511) Steve Reich Four Organs / Phase Patterns

  1. Blue labels with disc logo. gatefold cover with vertical logo.1
  2. mystery labels. gatefold cover with disk logo.3

(83512) Dashiell Hedayat Obsolete

  1. Orange labels with disc logo5

(83515) Philip Glass Solo Music

  1. Black labels with vertical logo12
  2. White labels with vertical logo. vertical logo on jacket.1

recordings of Contrary Motion and Two Pages during February and March 1975 in New York City. Philip Glass - electric organ, Michael Riesman - acoustic piano (on Two Pages).


(83516) Vincent le Masne and Bertrand Porquet Guitares Derive

  1. White labels with vertical logo. vertical logo on jacket.1

(83517) Charlemagne Palestine Strumming Music

  1. Black labels with vertical logo. same logo on jacket.1

"Strumming Music is a work developed over the past five years utilizing a note alternation technique with the sustain pedal of the piano constantly depressed. This technique allows the undampened strings to resonate and compound with each other creating complex mixtures of pure strummed sonority and their overtones. No electronics or special tunings are utilized; only the finest instrument available today, the Rolls Royce of pianos, 'Bosendorfer' of Vienna, all of Mr. Palestine's piano works have been composed especially for this marvelous instrument." from the cover. Now reissued on CD by New Tone (Italy).


(83518) Ragnar Grippe Sand

  1. Black labels with vertical logo. same logo on jacket.1

The cover says: "The music was inspired by the sand paintings of Viswanadhan." Instruments used: organ, recorder, harmonica, electric guitar, bells, voice, thumb organ, maracas. Recorded at A.L.M. Studio, Paris. This is a minimal music created using consecutive overdubbing and delay. Now reissued with different cover art on CD by Streamline (Germany).


(83519, 83520) Abed Azrie Epic of Gilgamesh

2LP box set with a 12" x 12", 12 page booklet (including song texts in French, English and Arabic). Labels are black w/ silver print, no mention of Shandar (though the catalogue numbers appear, very small) & no Shandar logo. LE ROSEAU is in caps at the top of the label. The album is a vocal/musical rendering of the Epic of Gilgamesh (text adaptation & music written by Azrie, who also sings/recites and plays percussion), recorded Feb 3-4 1977. The music is fairly sombre, droning middle-eastern (Azrie's singing/reciting -in Arabic - is mixed far louder than the music). oud: Marcel Khalife; nay: Abdessalem Safar; kanoun (kanun): Saad Rajai; viole de gambe: Marcello Ardizzone; harp: Helene Tristani; percussion: Darwish Al-Masri, Chris Hayward, Abed Azrie; 3 violoncelles, en alterance: Jacques Widerquer, Michel Choquet, Michel Lacrouste, William Stahl, Dany Duleroy, Gilbert Zanlonghi. Direction de l'ensemble: Dia Succari11


(83521) Richard Horowitz Oblique Sequences

Cover reports recording date as August - September 1978. Release date may be as late as January 1980 as a test pressing exists with that date written on it.16, 17


Sources
  1. Ed Maurer
  2. insert in Brian Lunger's copy of Ragnar Grippe Sand
  3. John W. Clark
  4. review copied by Brian Lunger from unknown magazine
  5. Jeroen Tenkink
  6. Mark Milano
  7. Chris Ullsperger
  8. Chris Probert
  9. Jazz Records - The Specialist Labels compiled by Ralph Laing and Chris Sheridan. Published in two volumes by Jazz Media APS, Denmark, 1981.
  10. Johann Haidenbauer
  11. Stefan Jaworzyn
  12. Hadley Kahn
  13. Andrey Henkin
  14. Seen on Ebay
  15. Bernard Pulham
  16. Bruno Chavatte
  17. Timo Van Luyk

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