The British quartet of saxophonist Anna Kaluza, clarinetist Noel Taylor, guitarist Pedro Velasco and drummer Michael Caratti, in a moody and shifting album of improvised and composed music.
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Catalog ID: CTYCD00105
Squidco Product Code: 15453
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded on a warm summer day in a makeshift studio somewhere in the UK.
Anna Kaluza-alto saxophone
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• Show Bio for Noel Taylor
"Noel Taylor's main instruments belong to the clarinet family - soprano, alto and bass clarinet. He lives in Lisbon, Portugal, where he moved in 2017. He has performed widely in the UK, Portugal, Germany, Poland and Italy. He is a dedicated improviser, but his work also includes short compositions, conductions with large scale orchestras, and organising musical events. .
Recent projects have involved the trio 'Redstart' , 'Splatter (with Anna Kaluza, Pedro Velasco & Tom Greenhalgh), 'Happenstance' (with Chris Biscoe, Tom Greenhalgh, Guillaume Viltard), Grimwald (with Steve Beresford, Terry Day & Roberto Sassi). 'Plank' (with Pedro Velasco,Rachel Musson, Asuman Biswas) and 'Bay's Leap' (with James Barralet & Clare Simmonds)
Splatter have released three albums to date. Many other ad-hoc partnerships have happened along the way - always with the emphasis on improvisation. Two of these shorter collaborations have resulted in CD releases, one with Niko Meinhold and one with Alberto Popolla.
Noel Taylor is a member of the London Improvisers Orchestra, where he is one of the most frequent conductors. He has also led conductions with the Berlin Improvisers Orchestra and at festivals. He has played with Rome's Iato Orchestra. He has performed in Krakow in Poland, Germany, Italy, Sicily and Portugal, as well as London & other parts of the UK.
Other musicians he has performed with include Theo Jorgensmann, Claudio Puntin, Shabaka Hutchings, Eugenio Colombo, Steve Beresford, Mick Beck, Carlos Zingaro, Harrison Smith, Mark Sanders, Terry Day, Dominic Lash, Rafal Mazur, Cleveland Watkiss, Steve Noble, Liam Noble, Luca Venitucci, Stefano Guist, diatribes, Pat Thomas, Lawrence Casserley, Satoko Fukuda, Henrik Wallsdorf, Tony Marsh & Veryan Weston, Nick Stephens, Fumi Okiji, Marcio Mattos,Ricardo Tejero, Alex Ward, Orphy Robinson & many others.
His most regular collaborators have been Guillaume Viltard, Chris Biscoe, Alberto Popolla, Andrea Caputo, Anna Kaluza, Niko Meinhold, Julie Kjaer, Beibei Wang, Tommaso Vespo, Benedict Taylor, Noura Sanatian, Pedro Velasco , Tom Greenhalgh, Clare Simmonds, James Barralet, Tom Wheatley & John Garcia.
From 2009-2013 he curated a series of events called the Luna Fringe, a series of monthly events at Arch1 in West Ham. Bay's Leap toured Portugal in 2018 and a modified version of Spaltter, which included lthe Portuguese drummer Pedro Melo Alves and guitarist Luis Marins, also toured in 2018."-Noel Taylor Website (https://www.noeltaylor.net/index.htm)
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1. Hopscotch 2:30
2. Inconsequentially Blue 2:21
3. Shuffledog 2:01
4. High Plains 3:43
5. Alarums & Excursions 3:08
6. d-lite 3:11
7. Factory Gates 1:47
8. The Far Side 3:09
9. Feeding Frenzy 1:38
10. Low Thoughts 3:28
11. Sugar Bang 2:59
12. Fairy Lights 3:32
13. Fresh Squalls 4:13
14. Lines 3:10
15. Lobster Quadrille 2:31
16. Gumshoe Precinct 3:11
sample the album:
"Scraffito is a technique used by artists and craftsmen to create patterns by scratching through an outer surface to reveal different surfaces underneath. It is most frequently used by potters who have to work at high tempo to created decorative patterns by exposing different layers of moist, coloured clay. Unlike drawing, which adds marks to a surface, scraffito creates a negative, recessed image by the process of removing material from the surface. Scraffiti is a kind of violation, an intrusion which is carried out at breakneck speed while the clay is wet, and with the knowledge that the smallest mistake will imperil the success of the whole.
It is hard to resist conjuring up the image of sound being etched onto the surfaces of those soft wax cylinders used for the earliest audio recordings - like scraffito marks made with sound waves instead of hand tools. Scrafitti, however, is improvised music, recorded in binary 0's and 1's, made while the clay is wet, and with the knowledge that the smallest mistake will imperil the success of the whole"-from the liner notes
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