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Stringed Instruments


 
Sabat, Marc : Harmony Sabat, Marc :
Harmony

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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The fifth CD in the Canadian Composers Series is also the debut appearance on Another Timbre by the Jack Quartet, performing works by composer Marc Sabat--two string quartets and a violin/cello duo--all combining an exploration of the soundworld of Just Intonation with a strong underlying lyricism.

Long, Ashley John: PSI Long, Ashley John:
PSI

(FMR -- UK )

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Virtuoso UK bassist Ashley John Long presents a startling array of approaches and techniques on the double bass over 11 improvisations, from concise shorter presentations to expansive displays of skill, excitement or introspection, all with an ear to captivating his listener.

Collusion Duo (Nick Smith / Mark Wastell): Refraction Collusion Duo (Nick Smith / Mark Wastell):
Refraction

(Confront -- UK )

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Violinist and percussionist Nick Smith, having access to St. Mary's Church at Great Baddow for music performance and rehearsals, made his first use of the space in 1996 in a duo with Mark Wastell on violincello, preparations and percussion, where they used the acoustics of the church to enhance their detailed and absorbing improvisations.

Fell, Simon H. : Le Bruit de la Musique Fell, Simon H. :
Le Bruit de la Musique

(Confront -- UK )

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The French Le Bruit de la Musique festival is run by Le Quan Ninh and Martine Altenburger, who invited Simon H. Fell to perform a solo set on the doublebass, the result being this fantastic album that takes the largest of bass instruments through an astonishing array of approaches enhanced by the acoustics of the church of Toulx-Sainte-Croix.

Veliotis, Nikos / Mark Wastell: Live at All Angels Veliotis, Nikos / Mark Wastell:
Live at All Angels

(Confront -- UK )

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Two cellists, Nikos Veliotis and Mark Wastell, employ a vast array of expansive techniques and approaches to an actively reductionist set of improvisations, using the natural reverb of All Angels church in Turnham Green, London as a third voice, as the duo listens attentively and advance their interchanges in intricate and riveting ways.

Mezei Ensemble, Szilard : Sivatag Mezei Ensemble, Szilard :
Sivatag

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Extending his own ensemble into a 10 piece orchestra of impressive range and tonal colors, Szilard Mezei presents 3 compositions that bridge modern classical and improvisational music.

Mezei, Szilard / Albert Markos: Korom Mezei, Szilard / Albert Markos:
Korom

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Free ranging and captivating improvisations between Hungarian violist Szilard Mezei and cellist Albert Markos, a remarkable duo of the string's potential.

Ceccarelli, Isaiah : Bow Ceccarelli, Isaiah :
Bow

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Montreal-based Composer-percussionist Isaiah Ceccarelli, well known through his Ambiances Magnetiques releases, in 7 compositions, a mix of timbrally-based music in which he himself performs, and through-composed pieces that focus on harmonic progressions, performed as string duos, trios, and quartets.

Smith, Linda Catlin : Drifter [2 CDs] Smith, Linda Catlin :
Drifter [2 CDs]

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Ten pieces dating from 1995 to 2015 from Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith, performed by Quatuor Bozzini and Apartment House, the first in Another Timbre's Canadian Composer series, a 2-CD release focusing on Smith's "equal and simultaneous drive toward abstraction and lyricism" in slowly developing, lush and sophisticated compositions.

Majkowski, Mike : Days and Other Days [VINYL] Majkowski, Mike :
Days and Other Days [VINYL]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Following double bassist Mike Majkowski's Astral Spirts cassette "Neighbouring Objects", this vinyl release is Majkowski's 7th solo album, here using analog synthesizer, percussion, piano, vibraphone, samples, and field recordings to create an amazing sonic universe through sound, tone, timbre, deep cogitation and mutant interjections.

Anderson, Fortner: Solitary Pleasures <i>[Used Item]</i> Anderson, Fortner:
Solitary Pleasures [Used Item]

(&Records -- Canada )

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The 35 poems found on Fortner Anderson's "Solitary Pleasures", performed with Michel F Cote, Sam Shalabi and Alexandre St-Onge, speak of the obsessions, phantasies and encounters of Anderson's life.

Glerum Omnibus: Omnibus Two <i>[Used Item]</i> Glerum Omnibus:
Omnibus Two [Used Item]

(Favorite -- The Netherlands )

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Meurs! + Apolune: Meurs! + Apolune Meurs! + Apolune:
Meurs! + Apolune

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A co-production between BeCoq Records and Creative Sources, the quartet of saxophonist Mathhiew Lebrun with 3 guitarists--Leo Rathier, Paul Menard, and Thomas Coquelet--use preparations, feedbacks, glass, cymbals, microswitches, and unusual sax techniques to create unusual sonic environments that ebb and flow in introspective and disquieting ways.

Pita: Get Off <i>[Used Item]</i> Pita:
Get Off [Used Item]

(Hapna -- Sweden )

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Pollak, Andreas / Johan Graden: Terror Of Positivity Pollak, Andreas / Johan Graden:
Terror Of Positivity

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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The Swedish duo of percussionist Andreas Pollak and prepared pianist Johan Graden (Adam & Alma) in an album of references and innuendo, clandestine and furtive sounds that evoke great mystery and drama in beautifully shaped sound; evocative music that deceives to emerge from the electronic realm while in actuality coming from all acoustic sources.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Andrea Sanz Vela / Micha Rabuske / Klaus Kurvers: Sukasaptati Rodrigues, Ernesto / Andrea Sanz Vela / Micha Rabuske / Klaus Kurvers:
Sukasaptati

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Live recordings at Exploratorium, in Berlin, Geremany in 2010 from the quartet of Klaus Kurvers on double bass, Andrea Sanz Vela and Ernesto Rodrigues on violin, and Micha Rabuske on dlute, bass clarinet, and soprano sax, collective improvisation with complex interplay and a bright spirit as the group follows their instincts in interesting dialog.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Nuno Torres / Eduardo Chagas / Antonio Chap Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Nuno Torres / Eduardo Chagas / Antonio Chaparreiro / Rodrigo Pinheiro / Carlos Santos / Jose Oliveira :
Jadis La Pluie Etait Bleue

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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The second volume of the project heard in the previous Creative Sources album, "Suspensao", here in a 9-piece electroacoust ensemble with viola, cello, doublebass, alto sax, trombone, piano, electric guitar, computer and percussion, suspenseful lowercase music that unfolds in mysterious, beautiful and rewarding ways.

Wisseltangcamatta, The: Movements Wisseltangcamatta, The:
Movements

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Live recordings at LOFT in Cologne, Germany from the trio of George Wissel on prepared saxophone, Achim Tang on doublebass, and Simon Camatta on drums & percussion, performing seven "Movements" that use prodigious technique with reserve and direction, revealing the structure of their work as the pieces build and recede in fascinating ways.

Honsinger, Tristan / Nicolas Calioa / Joshua Zubot: In The Sea Honsinger, Tristan / Nicolas Calioa / Joshua Zubot:
In The Sea

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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The transatlantic string trio of Amsterdam-based cellist Tristan Honsinger (also on voice) with Montreal free improvisers violinist Joshua Zubot and double bassist Nicolas Caloia in an album of informed improvisation that bring an upbeat approach to authoritative dialog which is both sharp-witted and irreverent, but never less than engaging.

Lerman, Ayelet : 7 Steps Lerman, Ayelet :
7 Steps

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Violist, performance, installation and sound artist Ayelet Lerman presents a meditative voyage through silence on solo viola, a sinuous and fascinating journey pairing melody and unusual harmonic strategies, with Kadima label leader Jean Claude Jones joining on double bass, one of the last sessions that he played on that instrument.

Lopes, Luis / Fred Lonberg-Holm: The Pinneaple Circumstance Lopes, Luis / Fred Lonberg-Holm:
The Pinneaple Circumstance

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Portuguese electric guitarist Luis Lopes met Chicago free improvising cellist and electronic artist Fred Lonberg-Holm in the studio in Lisbon to record these five improvisations, both using innovative approaches to effect processing to expand their sound into unusual sonic environments, balancing beauty and abrasive sound.

Deep Tones for Peace: Kadima Triptych Series Deep Tones for Peace:
Kadima Triptych Series

(Kadima Triptych -- Israel )

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A telematic bass ensemble performing for peace in the Middle East, including Mark Dresser, Barre Phillips, Bert Turetzky, JC Jones, Thierry Barbe, Henry Grimes, Trevor Dunn, Lindsey Horner, &c.

Molinaro, Joey: The Inalienable Dreamless / We Molinaro, Joey:
The Inalienable Dreamless / We

(Inverted Music Company -- USA )

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Music teacher, student, and violinist Joey Molinaro offers two progressive recordings on one piece of wax that summarize his comprehensive approach to acoustic folk music, classical execution, and hardcore punk aesthetics.

Quatuor Bozzini: Michel Gonneville: Hozhro Quatuor Bozzini:
Michel Gonneville: Hozhro

(Collection QB -- Canada )

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Michel Gonneville's dreamlike, shamanistic journey, "Hozhro", in a brilliantly executed reading by Montreal's Quatuori Bozzini with vocalist Marianne Lamber & saxophonist Mathieu Gualin.

Rose, Jon: Double Indemnity Rose, Jon:
Double Indemnity

(Hermes Discorbie -- Slovokia )

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Jon Rose's twisted performance at the Les Cordes de Saint Ouen string festival in Paris, on a concept of conjoined twins playing the Ronsenberg 10-string double violin.

Strickland, Chris : Excruciating... [CASSETTE] Strickland, Chris :
Excruciating... [CASSETTE]

(Notice Recordings -- USA )

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Montreal composer Chris Strickland used strategies of "deliberate uncertainty" to direct these 3 pieces of minimized technique, narrative, and emotion, performed by Montreal musicians Guido del Fabbro on violin and Solomiya Moroz on flute, with field recordings creating a hazy ambiance over the slowly evolving works.

Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell): Consequences (of Time and Place) Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell):
Consequences (of Time and Place)

(Confront -- Great Britain )

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ist (The Improvising String Trio) of Rhodri Davies (harp), Simon H. Fell (bass) and Mark Wastell (violincello) performing at The Natural Music Club in London, 1997, using unorthodox techniques in indeterminate systems and free improvisation for fascinating results.

Holdsworth, Allan: None Too Soon <i>[Used Item]</i> Holdsworth, Allan:
None Too Soon [Used Item]

(MoonJune Records -- USA )

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Parker Woods, Seth: asinglewordisnotenough Parker Woods, Seth:
asinglewordisnotenough

(Confront -- UK )

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Violinist Seth Parker Woods presents four extraordinary compositions, the first for solo cello and voice from Edward Hamel, and then one work each for cello and electronics from Michael Clarke, George Lewis, and Pierre Alexandre Tremblay, each sophisticated, suprising, and beautifully executed pieces taking the cello into unique creative territory.

Friends and Neighbors: Hymn For A Hungry Nation Friends and Neighbors:
Hymn For A Hungry Nation

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Taking their band name from an Ornette Coleman album, this European quintet presents new compositions in the style of Ornette, Archie Shepp, Pharoah Sanders and John Carter, ecstatic free jazz with a hard bop foundation, extended with modern technique and experience.

LEK: Giant World Knowlege Bliss Control LEK:
Giant World Knowlege Bliss Control

(Fuzzworld Record -- USA )

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Quatuor Bozzini - Jean Derome, Joane Hetu: Le mensonge et l'identite Quatuor Bozzini - Jean Derome, Joane Hetu:
Le mensonge et l'identite

(Collection QB -- Canada )

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The Bozzini Quartet commissioned this work from the duo Derome/Hetu, which tackles the subject of making differences cohabit, calling for the musicians to move & improvise in response to a soundtrack in 4 languages.

Filosofer : Landet Er Gitt Oss Filosofer :
Landet Er Gitt Oss

(Nakama Records -- Norway )

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An hallucinogenic and commanding blending of improvisation, song, spoken word, and tonal/timbral music from double bassist Christian Meaas Svendsen's Filosofer, creating beautiful sonic environments out of which voice and message emerge and submerge, buoyed by a string quartet (two violins and two double basses), computers, turntables, synths and samplers.

Filosofer: Landet Er Gitt Oss [VINYL] Filosofer:
Landet Er Gitt Oss [VINYL]

(Nakama Records -- Norway )

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An hallucinogenic and commanding blending of improvisation, song, spoken word, and tonal/timbral music from double bassist Christian Meaas Svendsen's Filosofer, creating beautiful sonic environments out of which voice and message emerge and submerge, buoyed by a string quartet (two violins and two double basses), computers, turntables, synths and samplers.

Farhadian / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Kurvers / Torres: De-Col//age_ Farhadian / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Kurvers / Torres:
De-Col//age_

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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An unusual improvising string quartet plus alto saxophone, Thea Farhadian (violin), Ernesto Rodrigues (viola), Guilherme Rodrigues (cello), Klaus Kurvers (double bass) and Nuno Torres (alto saxophone) present the 11-part "De-col//age_", a slowly-developing work balancing unconventional approaches to their instruments with more conventional strategies.

Lerman, Ayelet : 7 Steps <i>[Used Item]</i> Lerman, Ayelet :
7 Steps [Used Item]

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Violist, performance, installation and sound artist Ayelet Lerman presents a meditative voyage through silence on solo viola, a sinuous and fascinating journey pairing melody and unusual harmonic strategies, with Kadima label leader Jean Claude Jones joining on double bass, one of the last sessions that he played on that instrument.

Feldman, Morton : Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello Feldman, Morton :
Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Morton Feldman's final composition, originally premiered in 1987, here performed by pianist Mark Knoop, violinist Aisha Orazbayeva, violist Bridget Carey, and cellist Anton Lukoszevieze, recording a year after their successful performance at London's Cafe Oto, maintaining focus and concentration on this large, unhurried work of micro-variations.

Schiller, Christoph / Morgan Evans-Weiler: Spinet & Violin Schiller, Christoph / Morgan Evans-Weiler:
Spinet & Violin

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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An extended improvisation between spinet player Christoph Schiller and Boston-based composer/violinist Morgan Evans-Weiler, recorded in Schiller's workshop in Basel during Evans-Weiler's tour of Europe, a slowly moving exploration of pitch, timbre and texture executed with intensive concentration and utterly impressive control.

Guy, Barry: Frogs [VINYL 7-inch PICTURE DISC] Guy, Barry:
Frogs [VINYL 7-inch PICTURE DISC]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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A 7" limited vinyl picture disc made to celebrate legendary European Free Jazz bassist Barry Guy's 70th birthday, with Guy providing "acoustic sounds" along with his collaborating frogs, Wasserfrosch (Rana Esculenta) and Laubfrosch (Hyla Arborea), side A presenting Frogs & Barry Guy, and side B, Barry Guy & Frogs; quirkly and wonderful free improv.

String Theory [Boston, USA]: Condensed Phases of Matter String Theory [Boston, USA]:
Condensed Phases of Matter

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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String Theory was formed as the string section for Boston's Leap of Faith Orchestra, the core being David Peck on reeds, game calls, fog horn, sirens, &c, and Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic and voice, with Jane Wang (cello) and Mimi Rabson (violin), creating a wonderfully assertive and somewhat skewed approach to improvisation, captured live at Mobius in Cambridge, 2016.

String Theory [PORTUGAL]: Gravity String Theory [PORTUGAL]:
Gravity

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A sense of both lightness and weight drawn from Portuguese viola player's Ernesto Rodrigues' 18-piece String Theory, in a large and detailed improvisation using an incredible array of string sources, including viola, harp, violin, cello, viola da gamba, double bass, classical, acoustic and 12-string guitars, mandolin, zither, harpsichord, and piano.

Bang, Billy: Distinction Without a Difference Bang, Billy:
Distinction Without a Difference

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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The late American violinist Billy Bang's first album, originally issued on Hat Hut Records, is reissued with an additional track, plus 4 previously unissued solo tracks recorded in Tilberg, Netherland in 1978, demonstrating this great artist's broad range of innovative techniques, mixing free-form and melodic passages in extended and joyful improvisations.

Dresser, Mark : Modicana [VINYL] Dresser, Mark :
Modicana [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Double Bassist Mark Dresser, a mainstay of the Downtown NY scene as an improviser and composer, and also prominent on the US West Coast and as an international touring artist, releases a powerful album of distinctive solo playing, both technically and melodically, with 2 tracks caught live at the Umea Jazz Festival and others recorded at the University of California, San Diego.

Boscain, Ugo / Fred Marty: Estasi Boscain, Ugo / Fred Marty:
Estasi

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Recording in the rich resonant structure of the Church of Gauriac, in Gironde, France, Italian reedist Ugo Boscain on contrabass clarinet and French double bassist Fred Marty explore the lower registers in five dialogs of an album titled for "ecstasi" (ecstasy), using a wealth of creative approaches and insane technique, from reserved to spirited forays.

Leandre / Minton: Leandre / Minton Leandre / Minton:
Leandre / Minton

(Fou Records -- France )

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Phil Minton started as a trumpeter and became one of free improv's most outside vocalists; Joelle Leandre is a double bassist who also performs free vocal improv; this is their first recorded collaboration, and it's an unusual and wonderful album of heavy tone improvisation, plucked and bowed, and a masterfully odd free association of vocalisation.

Eisenstadt, Harris / Mivos Quartet: Whatever Will Happen That Will Also Be [VINYL] Eisenstadt, Harris / Mivos Quartet:
Whatever Will Happen That Will Also Be [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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NY free jazz drummer and composer Harris Eisenstadt brings his talents to the compositional world with this four movement suite performed by the Mivos Quartet of Olivia De Prato, Josh Modney, Victor Lowrie and Mariel Roberts, a creative composition blending melodic and textural approaches to the strings in a bold rendering of Eisenstandt's work.

Pateras, Anthony / Erkki Veltheim: The Slow Creep Of Convenience Pateras, Anthony / Erkki Veltheim:
The Slow Creep Of Convenience

(Immediata -- Australia )

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Anthony Pateras performs on pipe organ alongside Erkki Veltheim on electric violin, presenting a single extended work joining both instruments as a unified timbral force, producing exquisite and hypnotic sensorial phenomena over 50 minutes, as the duo investigate spectral phenomena in sound; includes a 24 page illuminating booklet interviewing both artists.

Takase, Aki / Paul Ayumi : Hotel Zauberberg Takase, Aki / Paul Ayumi :
Hotel Zauberberg

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Pianist Aki Takase and violinist Ayumi Paul's 1st collaboration is an 18 movement suite for violin and piano blending composition and improvisation, with 11 movements from Takase and 5 written with Paul, plus Mozart's "K. 1 minuet in G major" and the Preludio movement from Bach's solo violin partita in E major; an absorbing set of recordings inspired by the writings of Thomas Mann.

Zabelka, Mia: Monday Sessions Zabelka, Mia:
Monday Sessions

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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"5th January, 12th January, 19th January, 4th February of the year 2015 have a thin red line (or I'd rather say a black line, considering their color on a calendar). They occurred on Monday, the first five Mondays of that year to be pre...

M&sup2; (M to the power of 2): Pink M² (M to the power of 2):
Pink

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Maria da Rocha's name may not be familiar to jazz and improvised music lovers in Portugal, and this is because this violinist and violist from Lisbon has worked mainly on the Berlin and Stockholm circuits and much of her dedication goes...

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Gerhard Uebele / Andrea Sanz Vela / Nathalie Ponneau / Thorsten Bloedhorn / Ofe Rodrigues, Ernesto / Gerhard Uebele / Andrea Sanz Vela / Nathalie Ponneau / Thorsten Bloedhorn / Ofer Bymel:
Licht

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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"At the same time risky attempt, masterpiece and manifest, Licht is a fine example of the radical, collective, demanding and disciplined approach of the best productions of Ernesto Rodrigues. Divided into seven parts entitled I-VII, Lic...

Farhadian, Thea: Tectonic Shifts Farhadian, Thea:
Tectonic Shifts

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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"Farhadian is an American composer and performer with a base in San Francisco and one in Berlin. Her work often is about connecting solo violin and interactive electronics. Combining her classical background as violist (Berkeley Symphon...

String Theory (Ernesto Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Guilherme Rodrigues / Miguel Almeida): Xenon String Theory (Ernesto Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Guilherme Rodrigues / Miguel Almeida):
Xenon

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Rodrigues, Ernesto / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Miguel Mira: Incidental Projections Rodrigues, Ernesto / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Miguel Mira:
Incidental Projections

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Kita / Uebele / Rodrigues: ArZt Kita / Uebele / Rodrigues:
ArZt

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Rodrigues / Petzold / Rodrigues: Sacred Noise [2 CDs] Rodrigues / Petzold / Rodrigues:
Sacred Noise [2 CDs]

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Bromander, Vilhelm : Oh Lord Give Me Strange Bromander, Vilhelm :
Oh Lord Give Me Strange

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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"Determined to prove a point. Swedish double bass player Vilhelm Bromander, known from Jonas Kullhammar's The New Kids On The Rock quartet and the more experimental The Agg, as well as his collaborations with pianists Sten Sandell and K...

Lin, Hui-Chun / Davide Piersanti  : A Gash into Normality Lin, Hui-Chun / Davide Piersanti :
A Gash into Normality

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Houben, Eva-Maria / Ernesto Rodrigues: Layering Time Houben, Eva-Maria / Ernesto Rodrigues:
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"A similar grounding of sound in silence characterizes Layering Time [cs435], an austerely beautiful piece for piano, field recording and viola by Eva-Maria Houben in collaboration with Rodrigues. Houben, who plays piano and provides a ...

Kimmig, Harald / Ernesto Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Guilherme Rodrigues / Vasco Trilla : Blattwerk Kimmig, Harald / Ernesto Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Guilherme Rodrigues / Vasco Trilla :
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"[...] Blattwerk's two torrents of strings move like a waveform, cresting and dipping in volume and intensity. The quintet features an unusual line-up-violin, viola, two cellos, and Trilla's drums-and shifts between an indeterminate wor...

Lisbon String Trio with Etienne Brunet: Telepathie Lisbon String Trio with Etienne Brunet:
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Portugal's Lisbon String Trio with Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Miguel Mira on cello, and Alvaro Rosso on double bass, in a series of releases adding one additional improviser, here joined by Etienne Brunet on soprano saxophone, for two extended improvisations of active counterpoint and beautiful open sections, an excellent and rousing collaboration.

Lisbon String Trio with Luiz Rocha: Akuanduba Lisbon String Trio with Luiz Rocha:
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The 4th collaboration for Portugal's Lisbon String Trio of Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Miguel Mira on cello, and Alvaro Rosso on double bass, with Brazilian clarinetist based in Barcelona Luiz Rocha, all captured live at Casa dos Bicos, Fundacao Jose Saramago, in Lisbon in 2017 for free improvisation that maintains a calm center amidst seething and commanding playing.

Lisbon String Trio: Proletariat Lisbon String Trio:
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String Theory: Heptaphonies String Theory:
Heptaphonies

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Drawing its name from the seven members making up this string ensemble led by violist Ernesto Rodrigues, String Theory complements the concurrent Lisbon String Trio albums by magnifying concepts in freely improvised string interactions, using unusual harmonics, melodic and percussive approaches to instruments, and quickly moving quietly intense interaction.

Elliott, Moppa : Still, Up In The Air Elliott, Moppa :
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Solo double-bass improvisations from Mostly Other People Do the Killing bassist and leader Moppa Elliot, consisting of sequences of contrasting themes, or musical cubism in the spirit of Picasso and Braque, presenting 7 of 14 sequences where the improvisation is a series of disparate musical ideas that transition rapidly in an attempt to disrupt the linear progression of thematic development.

Criton, Pascale : Infra Criton, Pascale :
Infra

(Potlatch -- France )

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Four fascinating compositions by Pascale Criton exploring microtonalities on instruments tuned in 1/16th tone (violin, viola, guitar) based on gestural processes developed in close collaboration with the musicians: one duo with Silvia Tarozzi and Deborah Walker, one solo piece with Deborah Walker, and two pieces performed by Dedalus Ensemble.

Mincek, Alex : Torrent Mincek, Alex :
Torrent

(Sound American/Pleasure of the Text Records -- USA )

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NY Composer and Zs founder Alex Mincek's first release since 2011 also launches Sound American's Young Composer Portrait series, presenting 4 chamber works--"Pendulum VII"; selected movements from "Harmonielehre"; "Pneuma"; and "Torrent"--performed by Wet Ink Ensemble, Mivos Quartet, and Yarn/Wire, in a deluxe hardcover book package with interviews and notes.

Bishop, Jeb / Dan Ruccia: Scratch Slice Jag Bishop, Jeb / Dan Ruccia:
Scratch Slice Jag

(Out & Gone Records -- USA )

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Trombonist Jeb Bishop and North Carolina-based Out & Gone Collective member, violist Dan Ruccia, after touring and performing with Eugene Chadbourne, Dan Lilley, and David Menestres, found their sound so compatible that they recorded this duo album using the languages of free jazz, chamber music, and extended improvisations to create something unexpected and rare.

Rodrigues, Ernesto /  Guilherme Rodrigues / Alexander Frangenheim: Underwater Music Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Alexander Frangenheim:
Underwater Music

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Like the Lisbon String Trio, this trio explores strings in a viola, cello and double bass trio configuration, from Creative Sources core players Ernesto Rodrigues, Guilherme Rodrigues, and Alexander Frangenheim, exploring a classic trio concept towards new expressions and boundaries, through spritely interaction and sonic expedition.

Gerdzewski, Nikolaus: Ordinary Music Volume 3 Gerdzewski, Nikolaus:
Ordinary Music Volume 3

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Violinist Gerszewski developed an individual form of notation to create his "ordinary music", a continuation of abstract visual thinking by means of sound.

Cochrane, Chris / Stuart Popejoy: Geologic Popejoy Cochrane, Chris / Stuart Popejoy:
Geologic Popejoy

(Infrequent Seams Records -- USA )

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Downtown NY guitarist Chris Cochrane (No Safety, Curlew) joins up with bassist Stuart Popejoy (Sugarlife, Bassoon, Sarah Bernstein Quartet) for an album of exploratory sonic environments born from improvisation, with rich guitar processing, glitch, heavy riffs, and indescribable sonic environments in a well-balance album of informed experimentation.

Voutchkova / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Mayas: The Afterlife of Trees Voutchkova / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Mayas:
The Afterlife of Trees

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Sounding almost electric through unique string manipulations and harmonic overtones and inside playing on the piano, the quartet of Ernesto Rordigues on viola, Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, Biliana Voutchkova on violin and pianist Magda Mayas render an eerie and atmospheric examination of trees, the self, blindness, and other obscure topics through cautious and slow-moving improvisation.

Beger, Albert / Shay Hazan: Black Mynah Beger, Albert / Shay Hazan:
Black Mynah

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A beautiful album of darkly lyrical jazz duos from Israeli saxophonist and bass clarinetist Albert Beger and collaborator and member of the Albert Beger Quartet Shay Hazan, on double bass and guimbri, for seven pieces recorded in the studio: 6 improvised works and the composed piece "Cycles".

Angelo, Miguel : I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert Angelo, Miguel :
I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert

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Porto bassist Miguel Angelo's solo release is an album of pure improvisation, unrepeatable takes, which, for the artist, makes musical and emotional sense as a satisfying moment of musical sensation, through 11 tracks on the double bass of powerful playing, creative impulse, lyrical and rhythmic inventiveness, and ultimately, great satisfaction.

Mayas, Magda / Pierre-Yves Martel / Eric Normand: Boule-spiel Mayas, Magda / Pierre-Yves Martel / Eric Normand:
Boule-spiel

(Tour de Bras -- France )

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Quebec improvisers Pierre-Yves Martel on Viola da Gamba, objects, and feedback, Eric Normand on electric bass and snare drum, are joined by Berlin pianist Magda Mayas for two extended works of free improvisation, manipulating and contorting strings with an electroacoustic edge, dark ruminations of exquisite detail, patience, and adroit interaction.



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