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The 7 part "Knotted Alembic" is an improvisation between electroacoustic artist and label leader Thanos Chrysakis and Brazilian based Chilean pianist Philip Somervell performing inside and out of the piano.

Chrysakis, Thanos / Philip Somervell
Knotted Alembic

Chrysakis, Thanos / Philip Somervell: Knotted Alembic (Aural Terrains)
Label: Aural Terrains    
Released in: Greece/UK    

"Thanos Chrysakis' output consists of composition, performance, and installation. He was born in Athens in 1971, residing in the UK since 1998. His work has appeared on various independent labels, and events in several countries. He composes for electronics, acoustic instruments and environmental sounds, focusing on the structural and aesthetic capacity of sonic matter. His work was amongst the selected works at the International Competition de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges 2005, in the category œuvre d'art sonore électroacoustique, while received an honorary mention in 2006 at the 7th International Electroacoustic Competition Musica Viva in Lisbon. Recent compositions include: ΜΑΓΜΑ (Monochrome Vision 2011) Subterranean Sky (Aural Terrains 2010), EIRMOS I / II (for Wilfrido Terrazas [solo flute/bass flute] 2011), ERRINA (for Alexander Bruck [solo viola] 2011). His current performing projects are: a Trio with Wade Matthews and Dario Bernal-Villegas, a duo with Wade Matthews, and another trio with James O'Sullivan and Jerry Wigens.

Current and upcoming projects for 2012-13 include a residency at Visby centre for composers in Sweden, a series of compositions for Chris Cundy (bass and contrabass clarinet), Jason Adler (bass clarinet), Wilfrido Terrazas (flutes), Kate Ryder (piano), Claire Chase (bass flute), Natalia Pérez Turner (cello), Tzenka Dianova (piano), and Dana Jessen (bassoon) + a new CD of electronic music entitled ' ἔκνηψις '.

Anglo-Chilean pianist Philip Somervell is currently residing in Brazil. Studied Jazz and Philosophy in London, where he worked for several years as a teacher. Plays inside and outside piano. Was featured at Freedom Of The City (2010 and 2011), As Alike As Trees Festival (2011), The Workshop Concert Series at Café Oto, and the Interlace concert series at Goldsmiths College. Philip played in a trio with Eddie Prevost and Guillaume Viltard, and has intermittent private and public collaborations with Jennifer Allum, Jamie Coleman, Seymour Wright, Federico Reuben, Jerry Wigens, Paul May, among others. Philip also plays in and writes for Aida Severo and Pippo's Progress."-Aural Terrains

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Product Information:

UPC: 885767866935

Label: Aural Terrains
Catalog ID: TRRN0517
Squidco Product Code: 15572

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Greece/UK
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded in August 2010 except track 5 which was recorded in August 2008. Mastered at Meridian Studio by Thanos Chrysakis.


Thanos Chrysakis-inside piano, synthesizer, vibraphone, radio, Shruti box, chimes

Philip Somervell-inside piano, piano

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Track Listing:

1. I 3:39

2. II 8:13

3. III 9:27

4. IV 3:13

5. V 9:16

6. VI 8:34

7. VII 1:15

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