The eight pieces on “transparent points on four axes” each began as a single layer of either a composed or improvised track to form a ground layer from which each of the participants then added additional layers. The use of this ground layer provides an underlying sense of direction as each piece’s dialog develops and unfolds. The pieces have a great deal of sonic and textural variety and the album is very well recorded and mixed. There are pieces that are driven by exceptional bass playing with lyrical use of bowed harmonics and the extreme upper register of the bass. Other pieces seem to be driven by more sensitive and nuanced percussion. The analog synth work is really interesting because it can at times give the pieces that retro analog early electronic music vibe, however I think that it really works on this album because it completely avoids the repetitive sequencer driven drivel that is currently being produced by so many contemporary musicians using analog and modular synths.
based in chile, the cátodo dúo consists of amanda irarrázabal on double bass and ramiro molina on electric guitar. they began playing together in 2012 as a way of sharing their experiences in the field of the improvised music. built around a string concept, the duo easily moves from intense rhythmic situations to dense layers of noise. the music is totally improvised and their sound arises from treating instruments as sources of sound in every sense of the word using prepared instruments and avoiding conventional playing.
the second album from cátodo dúo! recorded in the studio over three days, the duo investigates sound spaces that go beyond the primarily acoustic nature of the first album to interact with electronic processes. thick noise compounds appear, revealing what was only hinted at before. audacious electronic transformations. a fluidity. a constant and sustained attention to the moment. a focused syntax.
dave gabriel is a person who is associated with ombrelli sciolti and imelda marcos. he resides in chicago.
drank viva bloom ii, dave gabriel’s second release for the pan y rosas discos label, is grindcore-length faux-avantesque music for the short attention span embracing millenial era. longer than an episode of aqua teen, shorter than an episode of seinfeld.
natalia kamia is a visual and sound artist who studied classical piano when she was young. She now primarily plays everyday objects and toys. haruhiko okabe is a jazz and free improv sax player who also plays a traditional japanese instrument – hichiriki. he recently appeared at the copenhagen jazz festival. they were both born in 1961 in russia and japan, respectively.
the title of the album comes from the name of the church, located on heights close to the neighborhood where the recordings were made – masthuggskyrkan.
mastcutters consists of four unedited free improvisations and two that were layered with a field recording of the rain (it was supposed to be an outdoor concert, but the weather was unkind). all of the songs were recorded at natalia’s home.
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ada rave live at de ruimte, a’dam I and II
Dédié à un des auditeurs parmi les plus enthousiastes et les plus fidèles de la scène improvisée – jazz d’avant garde Lisboète récemment disparu et surnommé « Massas », ces quatre pièces enregistrées à la librairie Ler Devagar en 2015 documentent une rencontre entre les souffles du clarinettiste portugais João Pedro Viegas et du saxophoniste français Guy-Frank Pellerin et le tandem piano-contrebasse des sardes Silvia Corda et Adriano Orrù. La musique, librement improvisée, se situe dans ce no man’s land vers lequel ont dérivé le free d’après la New Thing et la musique contemporaine oublieuse de ses origines. Viegas sollicite les harmoniques de la clarinette basse et Pellerin des phrasés tordus au saxophone ténor. Les souffleurs font râler la colonne d’air, étirent les notes, éclatent les harmoniques, passent du grasseyant à l’acide.
joão pedro viegas is a self-taught saxophone and clarinet player. an author, lead singer and saxophonist of the groups ethnos, dr. estranho amor and just jazz friends. has studied jazz since 1983. plays alto and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet and clarinet.
silvia corda is a pianist, composer and piano teacher. she is mainly interested in jazz, contemporary music, improvised music as well as multimedia projects involving performing arts – contemporary dance, video, cinema, theatre.
adriano orrù is a composer and double bass player who was born in nuoro, italy in 1958 and now lives and works in cagliari. he devotes his time to jazz, radical improvisation, and chamber music. he also works as a music teacher.
guy-frank pellerin is a musician interested in improvised music, instant composition, free, structured or unstructured music without premeditation, or sometimes meditated. he is interested in creating sounds by himself, or with others.
for massas was recorded live on may 14th, 2015 at livraria ler devagar in lisboa. between the four musicians they played a bass clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophones, a piano, an upright bass. this concert was dedicated to their friend and supporter paulo albano, massas, the most loyal listener of free music in lisbon.
daniel barbiero (1958, new haven ct) is a double bassist with an interest in gestural, modular and sound-based composition and improvisation in acoustic and electro-acoustic environments. he frequently works with improvisational dancers and writes regularly on music and related subjects.
ken moore. percussionist living in northeast ohio. plays synthesizers, piano, bass guitar, udu and cajon drums, didgeridoo and glockenspiel. also does private recording and recently some video.
lunge is a suite of improvisations for analog synthesizers and double bass, recorded live in the studio on the afternoon of 31 march 2016 in silver spring, maryland.