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Jackson, Tom / T.J. Borden: Parr's Ditch (Confront)

London clarinetist Tom Jackson, active in both free improvisation and contemporary classical music, meets with cellist Tyler J. Borden, who concentrates on the extremes of his instrument through unusual and extended techniques, interpret one of London's "lost rivers"--Parr's Ditch--in three extended, interpretative improvisations of powerful impressions.
 

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Label: Confront
Catalog ID: core 41
Squidco Product Code: 34829

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2024
Country: UK
Packaging: Cardboard Sleeve in Plastic Sleeve
Recorded at Stamford Brook, in London, UK, in December, 2022, by Dave Hunt.

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"The U shaped Parrs Ditch begins in the Brook Green vicinity of Hammersmith before curving southwards crossing the Hammersmith Road and the Talgarth Road and then curving west across the Fulham Palace Rd and joins the Thames adjacent to the Riverside Studios, near Hammersmith Bridge. A few archive maps show a watercourse from the Stamford Brook near Ravenscourt Park, running east to join Parrs Ditch at Brook Green. Victorian sewerage "stink pipes" certainly mark this route.

There appear to be no explanation for why the ditch was known as Parrs Ditch. The English definition of parr is a young salmon though there are no records of fish in the ditch which was more than likely an open sewer. The ditch was also named after the Black Bull Inn where the Ditch ran beside. The location of this Inn was where the old house of the High Master of St Pauls School now stands beside the Hammersmith Road (built as part of a school which moved from near St Paul's Cathedral to West London in 1884).

Parrs Ditch, believed to be man made, follows the historic boundary between Hammersmith and Fulham. At the outfall of the Ditch onto the Thames there is an old boundary marker on the river wall. The area has been occupied for over 5000 years and excavations at this location have revealed Neolithic flint tools and pottery, Iron Age pottery and evidence of Roman settlements.

The ditch became polluted with waste from nearby brick fields, and was eventually covered, and finally converted to a sewer in 1876."-London's Lost Rivers - Parr's Ditch (aka Black Bull Ditch)


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"Tom Jackson is a clarinettist and saxophonist active in London and Europe, largely dedicated to the fields of contemporary classical music and free improvisation. He maintains an extensive and eclectic performance schedule and has performed throughout Europe, Australia and Hong Kong.

Tom has performed as principal clarinet with many orchestras including New London Sinfonia and British Sinfonietta and National Chamber Orchestra of Wales. He has worked with various contemporary chamber groups such as Apartment House, Lontano, Plus-Minus and Cardiff New Music Collective, which he co-founded. He is an active session musician, playing for albums and live shows. He has recently completed a PhD at Canterbury Christ Church University entitled "A practice-based investigation of the clarinet through free improvisation".

Tom is vastly experienced in teaching all ages and is regularly consulted on the publication of pedagogical material. He is currently preparing four books of etudes for clarinet and saxophone for 360 Music. He is the recording artist for Schott's Romantic Clarinet and Klezmer Clarinet series."

-Tom Jackson Website (https://musictomjackson.com/)
7/10/2024

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"Tyler J. Borden is a cellist working with, in, and around the constraints of the cello. Formerly from Western NY, he is now based in Brooklyn NY, where he spends much of his time finding ways to exploit the strengths and failures of himself and his instrument."

-T.J. Borden Website (https://tylerjborden.com/)
7/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Parr's Ditch I 21:25

2. Parr's Ditch II 26:03

3. Parr's Ditch III 18:53

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