ALCHEMY CHAMBER ‘Opus I: Subtle Movements From Within’ Out Now and Streaming8th October 2018
Built around cello and saxophone duets, ALCHEMY CHAMBER is an eclectic mix of genres, featuring captivating melodies intertwined with complex rhythms in a purely instrumental arrangement. The unique sound of the band, which combines heavy riffs and expressive contrapuntal melodic lines, is influenced by classical composers as well as metal bands of various genres.
The songs have numbers instead of names, and the album is referred to as an “Opus” to reflect the classical side and influences of the music. The order truly is chronological, which means the songs on the album appear in the order they were written. Composition No. 1 is dedicated to Doug Gorkoff who has been Anna’s cello teacher for the last 10 years and played a significant role in her becoming the musician she is today. This album is meant to take you through the band’s creative development and let you experience the continuous thought process the musicians were going through at the time and changes in the flow of ideas as the time passed. Lyric-less, but not voiceless, the album is designed to encourage one’s own interpretation of the music while also telling a story about it’s own birth between the lines.
1. No. 1 (dedicated to Doug Gorkoff)
2. No. 2
3. No. 3
4. No. 4
5. No. 5
6. No. 6
7. No. 7
8. No. 8
9. No. 9
10. No. 10
Ashar Kazi – guitar
Zenon Shandro – bass
Julia Geaman – drums
Composition: Anna Kuchkova
All drum parts are written by Julia Geaman
Guitar Part in No. 10 is written by Mehmet Turan
Solos in No. 4 and No. 8 are written by respective players
Acoustic guitar and rain in No. 6 by Kyle Anderson
Recording by Kyle Anderson (Blue Light Studio) & Mark Mckitrick (Rain City Recorders)
Mixing by Kyle Anderson
Mastering by Greg Mindorf (Suite Sound Labs)
Artwork by Eugenia Bathoriya
Artwork modification and album layout by Mehmet Turan
Kevin, Capilano graduate, has played in horn sections for most of his life. He’s a member of the South Van Big Band and different jazz groups in Vancouver. He performed with Grammy winning Puerto Rican salsa projects and was a musician on a cruise ship traveling all the way through Asia into Europe. Kevin was not very familiar with the concept of symphonic metal, but liked Anna’s writing and the fact that the project was purely instrumental.
Alchemy Chamber’s first bassist Marco Restagno, was a Capilano student. An aspiring young musician with great skills and taste, he was the one to record bass on the EP.
The current bass player Zenon Shandro was first recruited as a one-time sesion bassist for a NYE show in the end of 2015. He, however, really liked the music and has been Alchemy Chamber’s semi-permanent bassist ever since.
With the help of everyone mentioned (and more), Alchemy Chamber is bringing dark moods and gothic beauty into carefully created classic scores. The wordless, purely instrumental expression of the wide spectrum of human emotions, bringin into focus the dakr, somber, undiscovered side of one’s self, leaves the compositions open for interpretation, encourages introspective reflection, and lets every listener find their own meaning in the music.