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Naima Karlsson – [Vital Organs]: I. Heart Protector

Naima Karlsson treats us to deep searching improvised recordings on 70s organ and vector synth. Originally recorded in Jan 2020 for an installation by Gery Georgieva at Cubitt Artists in London, Naima later reworked the piece, transmuting the material into '[Vital organs] I. Heart Protector. In it, slow winding motifs and melodic washes find their feet in a melancholic dirge. Lines of sound open up and unfurl, revealing over time a fragile inner structure. Like the work of her grandparents, Naima's music is rooted in the soil of the earth but gradually lifts itself skywards, finding solace in both the physical and digital world.

The track is accompanied by a video collage by Naima: "The video is a collage of still and moving found images that journey through the organ track on an internal and universal scale. Taking influence from the title, protection and the body are prominent themes. The images search for fluid interconnections between micro and macro bodies in the physical, digital and astral realms such as far-off stars, cell phone devices, Dogon astronomy drawings, bodies of water and our central heart space." - Naima Karlsson


Naima Karlsson - All instrumentation & video collage


Naima will be donating 50% of her profits from this release to the Movement for Black Lives.

Recorded by Maxwell Sterling

1 - [Vital Organs]: I. Heart Protector [15:14]

Naima Karlsson

Naima Karlsson is an artist and musician based in London. Her practice incorporates photography, drawing, text and music composition - led by interests in repetition, improvisation and the abstract relationships between language/image/symbol/sound. Her main instrument is the piano, in addition to organ, keyboard, synth and percussion. Naima is also an archivist and coordinator for the art and music of her grandparents, Moki and Don Cherry.
Naima is part of a duo with Kenichi Iwasa called Exotic Sin. Improvisation and live recording is their core process, combined with playful contrasts of repetition, composition and acoustic & digital sound. 
Link to excerpts and info of upcoming Exotic Sin release on Blank Forms https://soundcloud.com/blankforms/exotic-sin-customers-copy-excerpts
Some other recent projects - 
Music for UWU Channel Radiance, a video installation by Gery Georgieva, Cubitt Artists, London. 
Still Life Big Data , Artists book, published by Dobedo projects. 
Solo piano at Dreaming / Diasporas , Somerset House, London. 
Curator of Art & Life in Tågarp, Moki Cherry exhibition, Bjärnum, Sweden.