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Whim Ensemble (Ofer Pelz / Preston Beebe): Pre-Fall (Ambiances Magnetiques)

Prepared piano and percussion from Ofer Pelz and Preston Beebe, the percussionist using a diverse set of approaches to drums, cymbals and devices, blurring the sonic distinctions with Israeli-born Montreal-based pianist Ofer Pelz, whose preparations transform the piano in remarkable ways as the two focus on time, texture, space, and ambiance through seven fascinating improvisations.
 

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Preston Beebe-percussion

Ofer Pelz-piano


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UPC: 771028124329

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM_243
Squidco Product Code: 26786

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at the University Of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on November 13th, 2015 and April 15th to the 23rd, 2018, by the artists.

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Prepared piano and percussion from Ofer Pelz and Preston Beebe, the percussionist using a diverse set of approaches to drums, cymbals and devices, blurring the sonic distinctions with Israeli-born Montreal-based pianist Ofer Pelz, who's preparations transform the piano in remarkable ways as the two focus on time, texture, space, and ambiance through seven fascinating improvisations. The interesting aspects of this duo's work is found in their pacing, which maintains a level of introspection despite each player's sometimes very active contributions. There is never any sense of frenetic or chaotic release, yet both players ebb and swell in response to the other player, with intense concentration and profoundly creative intent.


Artist Biographies

"Preston Beebe is a composer and percussionist who uses technology at the forefront of his work. His artistic approach involves audio feature extraction, organic processes, microscopic and invisible elements and how they interact in space and time. Spanning chamber, live-electronic, acousmatic, art installation, improvisation, and site-specific performances, his work has been performed in France, Spain, England, Greece, Canada, and the USA.

Preston is the recipient of the 2012-2014 CIRMMT Award to develop a digital percussion instrument using audio feature extraction and to compose a series of works for it. From 2014-2015, he attended CURSUS 1 at IRCAM, and composed a work for baritone saxophone & electronics, performed in the Centre G. Pompidou in Paris.

Preston holds a masters in music composition from McGill University; bachelors in music composition, electronic music, and percussion performance from the University of South Florida. He has studied composition with Philippe Leroux, Hector Parra, Chihchun Chi-sun Lee; percussion with Robert McCormick; lessons and workshops with Brian Ferneyhough, Chaya Czernowin, Yan Maresz, Trevor Wishart, Augusta Read Thomas, and Dai Fujikura.

Released on Kohlenstoff Records, Preston can be heard performing with his percussion duo, 4eyes, on the album mountain and with his prepared piano & percussion duo Whim Ensemble. He was a member of the McCormick Percussion Group and performed on the albums Music For Keyboard Percussions and Concerti For Strings With Percussion Orchestra, distributed through Naxos. In 2011 he released an album of his acousmatic music, Glisten."

-Preston Beebe Website (http://prestonbeebe.com/bio/)
6/17/2024

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"Ofer Pelz: born in Haifa (Israel) and lives in Montreal. Composes music for diverse combinations of instruments and electroacoustic media, he is also an active improviser.

He holds a doctorate in Composition from the University of Montreal. Having also studied at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, as well as at the CNR Blanc Mesnil, CNSM, and IRCAM in Paris.

The work of Ofer Pelz has been recognized by the reception of many international prizes including two ACUM awards and the Ernst Von Siemens Grant. His music is played regularly in Europe, USA, Canada and Israel in festivals such as IRCAM-ManiFeste, La Biennale di Venezia, MATA Festival, Nuova Consonanza, and Heidelberger Biennale für Neue Musik. Meitar Ensemble, Cairn Ensemble, Ardeo String Quartet, The Israel Contemporary Players, Geneva Camerata, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and Architek Percussion are among the ensembles that played Pelz's music. Pelz has collaborated with several dance choreographers, among them the French choreographer François Raffinot in his recent work LeçonsDeTenebre."

-Ofer Pelz Website (http://oferpelz.com/English.html)
6/17/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Four zero 5:23

2. Three four 4:52

3. Three zero 6:53

4. Two three 6:19

5. One six 2:16

6. One four 8:19

7. Six 6:16

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Ambiances Magnetiques
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