The second of two releases with free improvising vocalist Phil Minton and Audrey Chen, here joined as a quintet with electric bassist Guy Segers, double bassist Peter Jacquemyn, and drummer/percussionist Teun Verbruggen.
Minton, Phil + Audrey Chen + Guy Segers + Peter Jacquemyn + Teun Verbruggen
Label: Sub Rosa
Released in: Belgium
"Things get dislocated, gather themselves, spread across areas of varying intensities. More intimate or more complex song. closer to the sacred, left untouched by mediation, even slightly incomprehensible, though mostly ambivalent and reality-piercing. At times, the music seems to lead us to a meaning that is deeper than the textual level. or is it the depth of another possible song? That's when the music takes us to areas that seem perpetually urging, more than their simple addition of voices and instruments.
(1940, Torquay, United Kingdom) is a jazz/free-improvising vocalist and trumpeter. Minton is a highly dramatic baritone who tends to specialize in literary texts: he has sung lyrics by William Blake with Mike Westbrook's group, Daniil Kharms and Joseph Brodsky with Simon Nabatov, and extracts from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake with his own ensemble. Between 1987 and 1993 Minton toured Europe, North America and Russia with Lindsay Cooper's Oh Moscow ensemble. He is perhaps best known, however, for his completely free-form work, which involves "extended techniques" that are extremely unsettling. His vocals often include the sounds of retching, burping, screaming, and gasping, as well as childlike muttering, whining, crying and humming; he also has an ability to distort his vocal cords to produce two notes at once. Audrey Chen
Chinese-American musician who was born into a family of material scientists,doctors and engineers, outside of Chicago in 1976. She turned to the cello at age 8 and voice at 11. After years of classical and conservatory training in both instruments, with a resulting specialization in early and new music, she parted ways again in 2003 to begin new negotiations with sound in order to discover a more individually honest aesthetic. Now, using the cello, voice and analog electronics, Chen's work delves deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling. A large component of her music is improvised and her approach to this is extremely personal and visceral. Chen has performed in Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil, Canada and the USA during the last years.Guy Segers
Best known for his bass work with Univers Zero (one of the most important and influential Rock In Opposition acts), where he was one of the most important members. He also contributed to other projects, like Present andX-Legged Sally, for example.Peter Jacquemyn
Peter Jacquemyn moves easily between the visual arts and music (he plays double bass). He is a longstanding member of the Belgian WIM - Werkgroep Improviserende Muzikanten (WIM) (Association of Improvising Musicians) -playing concerts since 1984,Teun Verbruggen
Searching for a personal touch and wanting to explore all possibilities of playing music and drums, his lack of boundaries and styles and trying to find fresh sounds and freedom in collectif improvisation made him work (as sideman) with Jef Neve Trio, Alexi Tuomarila, Jimi Tenor, Steve Houben, Othin Spake, Mauro Pawlowski, Karanova...."-Sub RosaSee also Phil Minton+Audrey Chen By the Stream.
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Recorded at Le Laboratoire Central in Brussels, Belgium on September 30th and 31st, 2010 by Gabriel Severin.
Audrey Chen-voice, cello
Guy Segers-electric bass
Peter Jacquemyn-double bass
Teun Verbruggen-drums, percussion
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1. One 5:15
2. Two 2:43
3. Three 7:34
4. Four 2:45
5. Five 6:12
6. Six 17:44
7. Seven 7:11
8. Eight 5:00
9. Nine 3:53