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Strickland, Chris : Excruciating... [CASSETTE] (Notice Recordings)

Montreal composer Chris Strickland used strategies of "deliberate uncertainty" to direct these 3 pieces of minimized technique, narrative, and emotion, performed by Montreal musicians Guido del Fabbro on violin and Solomiya Moroz on flute, with field recordings creating a hazy ambiance over the slowly evolving works.

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Label: Notice Recordings
Catalog ID: NTR041
Squidco Product Code: 24175

Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
A1 recorded live at CKUT studios, Montreal, Quebec, July 25th, 2013.

A2 recorded live at CKUT, July 18th, 2012, by Andrea Jane Cornell.

B recorded live May 23r, 2012 at Espace Project, by Patrick Coulombe.


Christopher Strickland-composer, performer

Guido Del Fabbro-violin

Solomiya Moroz-flute

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"Christopher Strickland is a Montreal based composer and improviser who is interested in the examination of thresholds of perception and the co-existence of the incidental with artifice. In his compositional work he endeavours to illuminate the unheard aural peculiarities of the performance venue while placing them in a dialogue with classical music instruments. By delving into the multitude of shades in-between musical banality and richness, intensity and quietude, he hopes to show the interdependence of these conflicting oppositions and approximate the fluidity of form and structure that occurs in nature.

Strickland has collaborated with many local and international musicians such as Joda Clément (Toronto), Erin Sexton (MTL), Emilie Mouchous (MTL), Tomasz Krakowiack (Toronto), Greg Kelley (Boston), Christian Weber ( Switzerland), Bryan Eubanks (Baltimore) and Peter Kutin (Vienna). He is also involved with two long-standing projects with turntablist Steve MacFarland and with Montreal electronics/percussion musician Jon Boles as BlackSoul."

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"Guido Del Fabbro. Born Montréal, Québec, 1980. Residence: Montréal, Québec. Composer, Performer (violin, electronics).

Born in Montréal, 1980, Guido Del Fabbro started violin lessons at age four. His taste for improvisation and composition first manifested itself around 1990; since then, he has taken several classes and workshops related to these fields. Del Fabbro is co-founder, creator and composer of Mouvement de Musique Présente, a large ensemble of up-and-coming musicians devoted to scored and improvised music. He is also a member of the groups Fanfare Pourpour, Rouge ciel and Concorde Crash. For 18 months, he toured North America with Gilles Ste-Croix's horse circus Cheval-Théâtre. As a performer, he has recorded a few soundtracks for film, television, theatre and dance. As a composer, he has written music for choreographers Élodie Lombardo (Blou take two, Gelsomina) and Séverine Lombardo (Les Accords d'elles). Del Fabbro released his first solo album, Carré de sable, in 2003, on Ambiances Magnétiques. He can be heard on the latest albums by Tomás Jensen and Loco Locass. He is an accompanying multi-instrumentalist in Pierre Lapointe's show La forêt des mal-aimés."

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"Solomiya Moroz is a Canadian artist based in the UK, pursuing a PhD in music composition at the University of Huddersfield. Moroz is interested in the hybrid forms of sound in mixed, electronic and instrumental music. Her work tends to progress towards the expansion of the music medium towards cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary media, while expanding the role of the musicians and artists within them.

Solomiya collaborates often with instrumental and electronic musicians, dancers and video artists. Her work has been presented as part of Takt Berlin Artists residency, Omi International Musicians residency in New York, and the Banff Centre Creative residency. In addition she has performed and presented her work at SOTU festival in Amsterdam, Zone Homa festival in Montreal, Canada with the dance group Les Filles Föllen, The Happening New Music and Media Festival in Calgary, Htmlles Feminist Festival of Media Arts and Digital Culture in Montreal, Cluster Festival of New Music and Integrated Arts in Winnipeg, Impulse Academy for Contemporary Music in Graz, Austria, Acanthes in Metz, France and The Month of Performance Art Festival in Berlin. She has been awarded Leighton Artists' Colony residency at the Banff Centre from CALQ for composition as well as a development grant to study with flutist Eva Furrer in Vienna, Austria in 2012. She was also one of the invited performers at the ICMC 2009 (International Computer Music Conference), performing works by Douglas Geers and Pedro Oliveira.

She is a recipient of grants from Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts et Lettre du Quebec, and Fonds Québécois de la Recherche sur la Société et Culture for her research into interdisciplinary and gestural composition at the University of Huddersfield. In the past, she has been commissioned by Shevchenko Foundation for her instrumental composition cloud patterns."

-Solomiya Moroz Website (

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track listing:


1. Excruciating Circumstances 21:46

2. A Little White Space 17:49


1. Kingdom of Ends 37:33
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Montreal-based composer Chris Strickland searches not for minimalism, but to minimize: technique, narrative, emotion. All recorded live either at CKUT or Espace Project, both located in Montreal, the compositions on Excruciating Circumstances in the Kingdom of Ends reside on a different expressive axis, fingering the raw edges of his sonic ingredients.

Field recordings with the flat haze of surveillance footage or the feeling of gazing from afar are interwoven with wobbly but painstaking drone notes, rarely with more than a handful in a single sequence. Unsentimental and even obstinate, there are hard cuts between sections, and-most intriguingly-a playing technique free of both emotional vibrato and focused flatness. Played notes are shaky but not hesitant.

Governed pace-wise by strategies of "deliberate uncertainty," Strickland's compositions proceed at a walking pace, moved through like green spaces of remote urbanity."-Notice Recordings

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