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Rowe, Keith / Fennesz, Christian: Live at the LU (erstwhile)


 

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Label: erstwhile
Catalog ID: erstwhile 043
Squidco Product Code: 2885

Format: CD
Condition: New
Country: USA

Personnel:

Keith Rowe-guitar, electronics

Fennesz-computer

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"tabletop guitarist and painter. Rowe is a founding member of both the influential AMM in the mid-1960s (though in 2004 he quit that group for the second time) and M.I.M.E.O. Having trained as a visual artist, Rowe's paintings have been featured on most of his own albums. After years of obscurity, Rowe has achieved a level of relative notoriety, and since the late 1990s has kept up a busy recording and touring schedule. He is seen as a godfather of EAI (electroacoustic improvisation), with many of his recent recordings having been released by Erstwhile Records.

Rowe began his career playing jazz in the early 1960s-notably with Mike Westbrook and Lou Gare. His early influences were guitarists like Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian and Barney Kessel. Eventually, however, Rowe grew tired of what he considered the form's limitations. Rowe began experimenting, slowly and gradually. An important step was a New Year's resolution to stop tuning his guitar-much to Westbrook's displeasure. Rowe gradually expanded into free jazz and free improvisation, eventually abandoning conventional guitar technique.

This change in his approach to guitar, Rowe reports, was partly inspired by a teacher in one of his painting courses who told him, "Rowe, you cannot paint a Caravaggio. Only Caravaggio can paint Caravaggio." Rowe reports that after considering this idea from a musical perspective, "trying to play guitar like Jim Hall seemed quite wrong." For several years Rowe contemplated how to reinvent his approach to the guitar, again finding inspiration in visual art, namely, American painter Jackson Pollock, who abandoned traditional painting methods to forge his own style. "How could I abandon the technique? Lay the guitar flat!"

Rowe developed various prepared guitar techniques: placing the guitar flat on a table and manipulating the strings, body and pick-ups in unorthodox ways to produce sounds described as dark, brooding, compelling, expansive and alien. He has been known to employ objects such as a library card, rubber eraser, springs, hand-held electric fans, alligator clips, and common office supplies in playing the guitar. A January 1997 feature in Guitar Player magazine described a Rowe performance as "resemble a surgeon operating on a patient." Rowe sometimes incorporates live radio broadcasts into his performances, including shortwave radio and number stations (the guitar's pick-ups will also pick up radio signals, and broadcast them through the amplifier).

AMM percussionist Eddie Prévost reports that Rowe has "an uncanny touch on the wireless switch", able to find radio broadcasts which seem to blend ideally with, or offer startling commentary on, the music. (Prévost, 18). On AMMMusic, towards the end of the cacophonous "Ailantus Glandolusa", a speaker announces via radio that "We cannot preserve the normal music." Prevost writes that during an AMM performance in Istanbul, Rowe located and integrated a radio broadcast of "the pious intonation of a male Turkish voice. AMM of course, had absolutely no idea what the material was. Later, it was complimented upon the judicious way that verses from The Koran had been introduced into the performance, and the respectful way they had been treated!" In reviewing World Turned Upside Down, critic Dan Hill writes, "Rowe has tuned his shortwave radio to some dramatically exotic gameshow and human voices spatter the mix, though at such low volume, they're unintelligible and abstracted. Rowe never overplays this device, a clear temptation with such a seductive technology - the awesome possibility of sonically reaching out across a world of voices requires experienced hands to avoid simple but ultimately short-term pleasure. This he does masterfully, mixing in random operatics and chance encounters with talkshow hosts to anchor the sound in humanity, amidst the abstraction." "

Some accounts report that Rowe's guitar technique was an influence on Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett: "Taking his cues from experimental guitarist Keith Rowe of AMM, Barrett strived to push his music farther and farther out into the zone of complete abstraction."

Rowe has worked together with numerous composers and musicians, including Cornelius Cardew, Christian Wolff, Howard Skempton, Jeffrey Morgan, John Tilbury, Evan Parker, Taku Sugimoto, Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M, Oren Ambarchi, Christian Fennesz, Burkhard Beins, Kurt Liedwart, Toshimaru Nakamura, David Sylvian and Peter Rehberg.

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Rowe)
10/15/2019

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"Christian Fennesz (born 25 December 1962) is an Austrian guitarist and composer active in electronic music, often credited on recordings simply as Fennesz. His work utilizes guitar and notebook computers to make multilayered compositions that blend melody and treated samples with techno-influenced production. He lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

Fennesz first received widespread recognition for his 2001 album Endless Summer, released on Mego Records. He has collaborated with a number of artists, including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jim O'Rourke, Ulver, David Sylvian, and King Midas Sound.

Fennesz was born and raised in Austria and studied music formally in art school. He started playing guitar around the age of 8 or 9. He initially performed as a member of the Austrian experimental rock band Maische before signing to electronic music label Mego Records as a solo artist. In 1995 he released his first EP Instrument, which explored electro-acoustic and ambient stylings.

In 1997, Fennesz released his debut full-length album Hotel Paral.lel, which saw him delve more explicitly into laptop production and early glitch aesthetics. He followed with the 1998 single Plays, which contained near-unrecognizable covers of the Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black" and the Beach Boys' "Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)". In the following years, he released his second album Plus Forty Seven Degrees 56' 37" Minus Sixteen Degrees 51' 08" and collaborated with a variety of artists, including Peter "Pita" Rehberg and Jim O'Rourke as part of Fenn O'Berg. In 2001, he released his third studio album Endless Summer to widespread critical praise and recognition. He collaborated with figures such as David Sylvian, Keith Rowe, eRikm, Ryuichi Sakamoto in the following years, and released the albums Venice (2004) and Black Sea (2007) to further critical praise.

In 2009 Fennesz teamed up with Mark Linkous (Sparklehorse) to create In the Fishtank 15. The following year Fennesz released Szampler, a cassette containing his sample collection on the Tapeworm label. This release was later remixed by Stefan Goldmann and released as Goldmann vs. Fennesz: Remiksz. In 2011, he appeared on the live Ulver release The Norwegian National Opera, contributing guitar and effects to "Not Saved." In November 2013, Fennesz played the final holiday camp edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in Camber Sands, England. In 2014, he released the studio album BŽcs. In 2015, he collaborated with UK group King Midas Sound on the album Editions 1."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fennesz)
10/15/2019

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erstwhile
Electronic Forms
Fennesz
Keith Rowe
Duo Recordings
Before April-2006
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Fennesz
Agora [VINYL]
(Touch)
Fennesz
Live at the Jazz Cafe [CASSETTE]
(Touch)
Tilbury, John / Keith Rowe / Kjell Bjorgeengen
Sissel
(Sofa Music)
Liedwart, Kurt / Julien Ottavi / Keith Rowe
L'Or
(Mikroton Recordings)
AMM
An Unintended Legacy [3 CDs]
(Matchless)
Rowe, Keith / Michael Pisaro
13 Thirteen [2 CDs]
(erstwhile)
AMM
AMMMusic [VINYL]
(Black Truffle)
Guy, Barry / Eddie Prevost / Evan Parker / Keith Rowe
Supersession [REMASTERED, REPACKAGED, ADDITIONAL TEXT]
(Matchless)
Rowe, Keith / Alfredo Costa Monteiro / Ilia Belorukov / Kurt Liedwart
Contour
(Mikroton Recordings)
NG4 Quartet (Keith Rowe / Anthony Taillard / Emmanuel Leduc / Julien Ottavi)
A Quartet For Guitars
(Mikroton Recordings)
Rowe, Keith / Graham Lambkin
Making A
(erstwhile)
Reed, Rick / Keith Rowe / Bill Thompson
Shifting Currents [2 CDs]
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Rowe, Keith
September
(erstwhile)
Wolff, Christian / Keith Rowe
ErstLive 010
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / John Tilbury
E.E. Tension And Circumstance
(Potlatch)
Mimeo
WIGRY [2 VINYL LPs]
(Monotype)
Malfatti, Radu / Keith Rowe
"Phi" [3 CDs]
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Toshimaru Nakamura
ErstLive 008
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Sachiko M
M-contact [2 CDs]
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith
ErstLive 007
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Taku Unami
ErstLive 006
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Toshimaru Nakamura
Between
(erstwhile)
4g (Rowe / Ambarchi / Fennesz / Nakamura)
Cloud
(erstwhile)
MEV/AMM
Apogee
(Matchless)
Rowe, Keith / Sachiko M. / Toshimaru Nakamura / Otomo Yoshihide
ErstLive 005 [CDx3]
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Nakamura, Toshi / Lehn, Thomas / Schmickler, Marcus
Erstwhile Live 002
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Beins, Burkhard
Erstwhile Live 001
(erstwhile)
AMM
The Crypt - 12th June 1968 The Complete Session [2 CDs]
(Matchless)
AMM
Fine
(Matchless)
AMM
Tunes Without Measure or End
(Matchless)
AMM
Before driving to the chapel we took coffee with Rick and Jennifer Reed
(Matchless)
AMM
Newfoundland
(Matchless)
AMM
The Nameless Uncarved Block
(Matchless)
Rowe, Keith / Thomas Lehn / Marcus Schmickler
Rabbit Run
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Toshimaru Nakamura
Weather Sky
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Gunter Mueller / Taku Sugimoto
The World Turned Upside Down
(erstwhile)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Tilbury, John / Keith Rowe / Kjell Bjorgeengen
Sissel
(Sofa Music)
Liedwart, Kurt / Julien Ottavi / Keith Rowe
L'Or
(Mikroton Recordings)
AMM
An Unintended Legacy [3 CDs]
(Matchless)
AMM
AMMMusic [VINYL]
(Black Truffle)
Guy, Barry / Eddie Prevost / Evan Parker / Keith Rowe
Supersession [REMASTERED, REPACKAGED, ADDITIONAL TEXT]
(Matchless)
Rowe, Keith / Alfredo Costa Monteiro / Ilia Belorukov / Kurt Liedwart
Contour
(Mikroton Recordings)
NG4 Quartet (Keith Rowe / Anthony Taillard / Emmanuel Leduc / Julien Ottavi)
A Quartet For Guitars
(Mikroton Recordings)
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ErstLive 010
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / John Tilbury
E.E. Tension And Circumstance
(Potlatch)
Mimeo
WIGRY [2 VINYL LPs]
(Monotype)
Malfatti, Radu / Keith Rowe
"Phi" [3 CDs]
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Toshimaru Nakamura
ErstLive 008
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Sachiko M
M-contact [2 CDs]
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith
ErstLive 007
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Taku Unami
ErstLive 006
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Toshimaru Nakamura
Between
(erstwhile)
4g (Rowe / Ambarchi / Fennesz / Nakamura)
Cloud
(erstwhile)
MEV/AMM
Apogee
(Matchless)
Rowe, Keith / Sachiko M. / Toshimaru Nakamura / Otomo Yoshihide
ErstLive 005 [CDx3]
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Nakamura, Toshi / Lehn, Thomas / Schmickler, Marcus
Erstwhile Live 002
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Beins, Burkhard
Erstwhile Live 001
(erstwhile)
AMM
The Crypt - 12th June 1968 The Complete Session [2 CDs]
(Matchless)
AMM
Fine
(Matchless)
AMM
Tunes Without Measure or End
(Matchless)
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(Matchless)
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