Joel (Hurtbird, Y5K), a resident of the house, was intrigued and began collaborating on guitar and bass. Within a year, they found their drummer, Glen Scheidt (Basta). They recorded and self-produced their first self-titled EP on four track in the basement of the Sellwood House. They performed these songs live at benefits and fundraisers that revolved around the arts and the less fortunate, as well as regular shows.
Their EP found its way into the art-house scene of Portland and a buzz was quickly generated. Fueled with a set of new songs, Iretsu recorded Moon & Stars Remain in the Morning Sky in 2004 with recording engineers Rob Oberdorfer (Dolorean) and Micheal Jones (Jandek live), mastered by Jeff Stuart Saltzman (Malkmus, The Standard). Too broke to afford printed CD packaging but with much creative energy, Iretsu gathered in the basement of Ryan’s house to fold and machine-stitch a beautiful and limited packaging of the new record. Before they could even promote this record, they were invited to collaborate with the experimental, ensemble-generated theatre troupe Fever Theatre. Iretsu was taken to a retreat center in the Cascade Mountains for a month in the dead of winter to create music for a show based on the life of Leni Riefenstahl.
That March they presented 25 performances of Mitlaufer, with Iretsu performing the soundtrack live, which they later recorded that April. With the release of Moon & Stars, Iretsu refuse to rest on their laurels. True to their improv/arrange/reduce/record approach, the seeds of their third full-length album have already been sown during a four-day retreat on the Oregon Coast. The repertoire is growing… Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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