Glasgow's Improvisers Orchestra from the CCA Glasgow performing three free improvisations and a discretely structured piece by Raymond MacDonald.
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Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs114
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Recorded 3rd of June 2007 at CCA Glasgow by Kenny MacLeod.
Richard Bamford-drums, percussion
Stuart Brown-drums, percussion
John Burgess-bass clarinet
George Burt-acoustic guitar
Neil Davidson-electric guitar
Raymond MacDonald-soprano & alto saxophones
Peter Nicholson-cello, voice
Emma Roche-flute, baroque flute
Armin Sturm-doublebass. voice
Graeme Wilson-tenor & baritone saxophones
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1. Apricot Path 13:10
2. Dog's Got My Money 15:07
3. I'm Sorry but I've Fallen 13:32
4. Distributed Talk 10:59
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
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"Ernesto Rodrigues and Guilherme Rodrigues travelled to Glasgow to play a concert with Aileen Campbell and Neil Davidson at the Streetlevel Photoworks Gallery in Glasgow in June 2007. A recording with the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra was also arranged which took place the following day.
The music on this CD comprises three free improvisations and a discretely structured piece by Raymond MacDonald - distributed talk - which came from the instruction to play three relatively short improvisations with short silences between."-Creative Sources
"The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra have been expanding and developing their music since 2002 through varied collaborations and projects. Throughout this period of growth the abiding concern of the band has been to explore improvisation in a large group context. This can take many forms and GIO is committed to exploring all possibilities including, for example, graphic scores, conduction techniques, conventional and non conventional notation etc.
One area of particular focus is completely free large ensemble improvisations. There is significant debate within the improvisation community as to whether large ensembles can effectively play improvised music that is completely free i.e. has no preconceived structure or plan or conductor/leader. Indeed, many of the visiting musicians that the band worked with over the years have suggested that completely free improvisation in a band of more than nine members is futile. GIO continues to argue through performance and collaboration that this is not the case."-Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra website
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• Show Bio for Raymond MacDonald
"Raymond MacDonald co-leads The Burt/MacDonald Quartet and is a founder member and key player in The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. He also performs with The Scottish Jazz Composers Ensemble and the saxophone quartet Rich in Knuckles. He has recently collaborated Lol Coxhill, Keith Tippett, Harry Beckett, Evan Parker, Gunter Baby Sommer, Fred Frith, Keith Rowe, George Lewis, Maggie Nicols, Satoko Fujii, Ken Hyder, Natsuki Tamura, Steve Beresford, Mike Zerang, and Fred Longberg-holm.
Other work includes composing and performing for film, television, theatre and collaborations with visual artists, including commissioned work for Martin Boyce, Simon Starling and Christine Borland. He collaborated with David Byrne on David McKenzie's film Young Adam.
In December 2005 he made a solo tour of Japan and in July 2006 performed with Josh Abrams and Miguel Carvalhais at The Glasgow International Jazz festival."-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
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"George Murray began playing the piano and trombone aged 9. He played in Bodmin School Band and Cornwall Youth Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra before going on to study and Trinity College of Music in London.
George has performed and recorded in wide variety of contexts, in a number of innovative ensembles.
In contemporary music he has appeared as a guest soloist with Scottish Clarinet Quartet and performed regularly with the Glasgow based contemporary music group Symposia.
George was a member of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra through which he has had the opportunity of working and recording with George Lewis, Maggie Nichols, Barry Guy and Evan Parker in a variety of different contexts. He has also recorded in Germany with Saxophonist John Tchicai and Joachim Irmler.
George has also been working as a Music Therapist and teacher for the last 12 years. He is passionate about music, and its benefits, people respond to music in a fantastic way. He is interested in person-centred learning and working with his pupils to help them to identify and fulfill their goals."-Music Teachers UK (https://www.musicteachers.co.uk/user/f6e1883c310c35ff7e49/biography)
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• Show Bio for Ernesto Rodrigues
"He has been playing the violin for 30 years and in that time has played all genres of music ranging from contemporary music to free jazz and improvised music, live and in the studio.
His main interest shifted towards contemporary improvised and composed music.
The relationship with his instruments is focused in sonic and textural elements.
Electronic music was an early influence on his approach to violin playing, which challenges traditional romantic concepts of the violin/viola through use of preparations and micro tuning.
Active in different settings on the Portuguese scene for free improvised music, both as a collaborator and in leading his own groups.
Music for Dance, Cinema, Video and Performance.
Has created the record label Creative Sources Recordings in 1999, which mainly concentrates on releasing experimental and electro-acoustic music."-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
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• Show Bio for Guilherme Rodrigues
"Was born 1988 in Lisboa, Portugal and started playing cello and trumpet at Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa at the age of 7. In 1999 joined Conservatório Nacional de Música de Lisboa to study classical and music theory and in the current year recorded his first album - Multiples - with Ernesto Rodrigues and José Oliveira out on Creative Sources Recordings.
Apart from work in music ensembles ranging for contemporary classical to free improvisation, also works with live music poetry, theatre and film-music. After lengthy residency in Lisboa, (1988-2016) moved to Berlin and has been active as composer and improviser in the scene.
Worked with some international and renewed artists like Ernesto Rodrigues, Jean-luc Guionnet, Margarida Garcia, Manuel Mota, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Sei Miguel, Tim Goldie, Jeffrey Morgan, Oren Marshall, Gerhard Uebele, Klaus Kurvers, Gabriel Paiuk, Nicolas Field, Jaime Fennelly, Blaise Siwula, Will Guthrie, Pawel Grabowski, Michael Thieke, Wade Matthews, Leonel Kaplan, Diego Chamy, Gabriel Paiuk, Barry Weisblat, Joe Giardullo, Jassem Hindi, Tisha Mukarji, Masahiko Okura, Taku Unami, Toshihiro Koike, Sharif Sehnaoui, Christine Abdelnour, Alexandre Bellenger, Carlos Zingaro, Romaric Sobac, Nuno Rebelo, Nuno Torres, Naoto Yamagashi, Heddy Boubaker, Gerhard Uebele, Guillermo Torres, Tomas Gris, Carlos Santos, Bruno Parrinha, Miguel Leiria Pereira, Miguel Ivo Cruz, Alberto Cirera, Nuno Morão, Mark Sanders, Dennis Gonzaléz, Alípio Carvalho Neto, Raymond Macdonald, Neil Davidson, David Stachenas, Lisa Ullén, D'incise, Cyril Bondy, Miguel Mira, Rodrigo Amado, Abdul Moimême, Monsieur Trinité, João Madeira, Álvaro Rosso, Gil Gonçalves, Marian Yanchyk, Filipe Passos, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Christian Wolfarth, Thanos Chrysakis, Bechir Saade, Kurt Liedwart, Miguel A. Garcia, Ilia Belorukov, Andrew Lafkas, Gao Jiafeng, Eric Wong, Johan Moir, Casey Moir, Magda Mayas, Matthias Muller, Alexander Frangenheim ...
Has performed and toured in all Europe. Released more than 30 albums of his own projects."-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
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"Graeme Wilson is a saxophonist & composer based in Newcastle in the north of England. His previous years on the jazz scene in Glasgow included work with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Bill Wells Octet and The Delgados. As a composer he has produced scores for large and small ensembles, particularly written work for saxophone quartet. He has been a leading member of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra in their recordings, international performances and collaborations with, among others, Fred Frith, Evan Parker and Barry Guy, and has contributed improvised interactions and soundtracks for artists' video work including Gair Dunlop and Dan Norton's interactive archive film site The Tomorrows Project at the Commonwealth Film Festival, and Cath Keay's Silkmoths. Recent work includes a textual score performed by GIO and Gunther Sommer's Dresden ensemble, a commission for saxophone ensemble for An Tobar Arts Centre on Mull, and improvisations responding to oral history from archives in the North-East at Culture Lab in Newcastle."-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
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