Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

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Jefre Cantu-Ledesma
OriginSan Francisco, California
GenresAmbient, drone, noise, experimental
LabelsRoot Strata and others

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is a multi-instrumentalist,[1] member of several bands and co-founder of the Root Strata record label based out of San Francisco, California. Cantu-Ledesma got his start in the band Tarentel. He was one of the founding members and is still a primary figure in the band's line-up. In addition, Cantu-Ledesma is, and has been, involved in a slew of other musical projects. His label, Root Strata, is highly regarded by the drone/ambient music community and has an extensive catalog that includes artists such as Tarentel, Grouper, Yellow Swans, Charalambides, Keith Fullerton Whitman, Oneohtrix Point Never, Barn Owl, Starving Weirdos, Gregg Kowalsky, and more.

Jefre currently lives in Germany.

Discography (by project)[edit]

Tarentel[edit]

  • Tarentel CDEP (Temporary Residence Limited)
  • Travels in Constants vol. 3 CDEP (Temporary Residence Limited) ltd. to 1000 copies (OOP) Part of the Travels in Constants CD Subscription Series
  • When We Almost Killed Ourselves 8" EP (Temporary Residence Limited) ltd. to 200 copies (OOP)
  • From Bone to Satellite CD/2xLP (Temporary Residence Limited) vinyl ltd. to 1000 copies (OOP)
  • Looking for Things, Searching for Things 12" EP (Resonant) ltd. to 500 copies (OOP)
  • Two Sides of Myself 7" (Static Caravan Recordings) ltd. to 500 copies (OOP)
  • split 7" w/ Rothko (Jonathon Whiskey) ltd. to 250 copies (OOP)
  • split 7" w/ Lilienthal (Awkward Silence) ltd. to 500 copies (OOP)
  • The Order of Things CD/2xLP (Neurot Recordings/Static Caravan) vinyl ltd. to 500 copies (OOP)
  • Fear of Bridges CDEP (Three Lobed Recordings) ltd. to 700 copies (OOP)
  • Mort aux Vaches CD (Staalplaat) ltd. to 1000 copies (OOP)
  • Ephemera | Singles 99-00 CD (Temporary Residence Limited)
  • Latency 12" EP (En/Of) ltd. to 100 copies (OOP)
  • We Move Through Weather CD/2xLP (Temporary Residence Limited)
  • Paper White CDEP (Temporary Residence Limited)
  • Big Black Square CDEP (Temporary Residence Limited)
  • Ghost Weight CDEP (Acuarela Discos)
  • Paper White / Big Black Square CD (Human Highway)
  • Home Ruckus 12" EP (Root Strata) ltd. to 500 copies (OOP)
  • Live Edits: Natoma CD (Root Strata) ltd. to 500 copies (OOP)
  • Ghetto Beats On the Surface of the Sun 4xLP (Music Fellowship) ltd. to 500 copies of each (OOP)
  • Home Ruckus: Double-Sided Air 7" (Type Records) ltd. to 500 copies (OOP)
  • Home Ruckus: Bottled Smoke CD-R (Digitalis) ltd. to 100 copies (OOP)
  • Ghetto Beats On the Surface of the Sun 2xCD (Temporary Residence Limited)
  • Live Edits: Italy & Switzerland CD (Digitalis) ltd. to 500 copies (OOP)
  • You Can't Hide Your Love Forever Vol. 3: Space Junk 7" (Geographic North) ltd. to 300 copies, part of the You Can't Hide Your Love Forever 7" Subscription Series (OOP)
  • Over Water DVD-r collaboration with filmmaker Paul Clipson (Root Strata) "Latest installment of the ongoing collaboration between San Francisco based band Tarentel & filmmaker Paul Clipson. Three shorts of Super8 film and music mostly culled form live performances in Italy & Switzerland in 2005." ltd. to 100 copies (OOP)
  • Split 7" w/ Seaworthy (Sound&Fury) ltd. to 300 copies (100 colored, 200 black), part of the Passeridae 7" Subscription Series (2009/2010)
  • Untitled cassette (Digitalis Limited) (Late 2009/early 2010)

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma[edit]

Primary solo project, primarily ambient/drone music

  • Voice Sutra CD-R (Limited to 100 copies, OOP) (Root Strata) – 2005
  • Two Suns DVD-r collaboration with Paul Clipson (Limited to 100 copies, OOP) (Root Strata) – 2005
  • Black is the Color of my True Love's Hair CD-R (Limited to 150 copies, OOP) (Static Caravan) – 2006
  • Floating Weeds Cassette (Limited to 90 copies, OOP) (Twonicorn) – 2006
  • Constellations of Spring DVD-r collaboration with Paul Clipson (Limited to 100 copies, OOP) (Root Strata) – 2006
  • Shining Skull Breath CD-R (Limited to 100 copies, OOP) (Students of Decay) – 2007
  • The Garden of Forking Paths CD (Spekk) – 2007
  • The Phantom Harp 3" CD-R (Limited to 100 copies, OOP) (Root Strata) – 2007
  • Corridors DVD-r collaboration with Paul Clipson (Limited to 100 copies, OOP) (Root Strata) – 2008
  • The Phantom Harp DVD-r collaboration with Paul Clipson (Limited to 100 copies, OOP) (Root Strata) – 2008
  • Namu Kie Butsu Cassette (as Jefre Sei Getsu Ledesma) (Limited to 100 copies, OOP) (NNA Tapes) – 2009
  • Bloodstream Sermon Cassette (Limited to 150 copies, OOP) (Arbor) – 2010
  • Within Mirrors Collection of previous DVD-r collaborations with Paul Clipson plus two previously unreleased pieces on a DVD with menus designed by C. Spencer Yeh and artwork by Jefre himself (Limited to 500 copies, first 80 in a Bonus Edition with 3" CD-R of previously unreleased Jefre Cantu-Ledesma material) (Students of Decay) – 2010
  • Love is a Stream LP/CD (Type Records) – 2010
  • Conversations With Myself CD-r (Self Released) – 2011
  • Faceless Kiss/Blut Mond 7" (Emerald Cocoon) – 2012
  • Visiting This World LP, art edition (En/Of) – 2012
  • Speaking Corpse Cassette (Limited to 75 Copies, OOP) (Los Discos Enfantasmes) – 2012
  • Devotion Digital-Only EP (Shining Skull) – 2013
  • Gift of Tongues tape (Limited to 100 copies) (Last Foundation) – 2013
  • Music From The Headlands Center For The Arts, Volume One – Another Void CD-R (Limited to 25 copies) and digital-only edition (Shining Skull) – 2013
  • Music From The Headlands Center For The Arts, Volume Two – Disappear CD-R (Limited to 25 copies) and digital-only edition (Shining Skull) – 2013
  • Music From The Headlands Center For The Arts, Volume Three – Wild River CD-R (Limited to 25 copies) and digital-only edition (Shining Skull) – 2013
  • Music From The Headlands Center For The Arts, Volume Four – A World Apart CD-R (Limited to 25 copies) and digital-only edition (Shining Skull) – 2013
  • Music From The Headlands Center For The Arts, Volume Five – The Burnt House CD-R (Limited to 25 copies) and digital-only edition (Shining Skull) – 2013
  • Music From The Headlands Center For The Arts, Volume Six – Archaic Torso CD-R (Limited to 25 copies) and digital-only edition (Shining Skull) – 2013
  • Music From The Headlands Center For The Arts, Volume Seven – Gift Of Tongues CD-R (Limited to 25 copies) and digital-only edition (Shining Skull) – 2013
  • Songs of Remembrance tape (Limited to 100 copies) and digital-only edition (Psychic Troubles Tapes) – 2014
  • Songs of Forgiveness tape (Limited to 100 copies) and digital-only edition (Baro Records) – 2014
  • Eternal Spring Digital-only (self-released) – 2014
  • A Year with 13 Moons LP (Limited to 1,200 copies) (Mexican Summer) – 2015
  • In Summer tape (Geographic North) – 2016
  • On The Echoing Green LP (Mexican Summer) – 2017

Colophon[edit]

Ambient solo project

  • Spring 10" (Limited, OOP) (Dreams by Degrees)
  • Conduction. Convection. Radiation. CD 3-way split w/ The Wind-Up Bird and 1 Mile North (Music Fellowship)
  • Travels In Constants (Vol. 18): Love Loops CD (Limited, OOP, part of the Travels in Constants CD subscription series (Temporary Residence Limited)

The Holy See[edit]

Harsh noise project of Jefre Cantu-Ledesma and Jim Redd

  • Snowing Ash CD-R (Limited to 200 copies, OOP) (Root Strata)
  • Blood Honey CD-R (Limited to 100 copies, OOP, part of the Arroyo subscription series) (Digitalis)
  • Fucking Physics CD-R (Limited to 100 copies, OOP) (Foxglove)

Sea Zombies[edit]

Project of Brad Rose (The North Sea, Ajilvsga, Ossining, Digitalis Records) and John Twells (Xela, Type Records) with contributions by Gregg Kowalsky, Jed Bindeman, and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma

  • It Died in Africa Cassette (Two hand-numbered limited editions: 100/50 copies, OOP) (Digitalis Limited)

The Alps[edit]

Kraut/psyche rock band

  • Jewelt Galaxies CD-R (Limited to 200 copies, OOP) (Root Strata)
  • Spirit Shambles CD-R (Limited to 150 copies, OOP) (Root Strata)
  • Jewelt Galaxies/Spirit Shambles CD (Spekk)
  • A Path Through the Sun CD-R (Limited to 100 copies, OOP) (Root Strata)
  • A Path Through the Moon CD-R (Limited to 100 copies, OOP) (Root Strata)
  • III CD, LP (Root Strata)
  • Le Voyage CD, LP (Type)
  • Easy Action LP (Mexican Summer)

Moholy-Nagy[edit]

A heavily synthesizer based and largely improvisational group featuring Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, Danny Paul Grody, and Trevor Montgomery

  • Like Mirage LP/CD (Temporary Residence Limited) – 2011

Isidore Ducasse[edit]

Collaborative project between Jefre Cantu-Ledesma and Trevor Montgomery

  • Isidore Ducasse LP (limited to 400 copies, OOP) (Blackest Rainbow) – 2011

Josephine[edit]

Collaborative project between Jefre Cantu-Ledesma and Tony Cross

  • You Are Perfect Today Cassette (Digitalis Limited) – 2011

Raum[edit]

Collaborative project between Jefre Cantu-Ledesma and Liz Harris (Grouper)

  • The Event of Your Leaving LP (Glass, House) – 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jefre Cantu-Ledesma "Love Is A Stream"". Le Temps (in French). February 5, 2011. Retrieved 25 June 2012.[permanent dead link]

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