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Keith, Michael / Oswald, John / Turner, Roger: Number Nine (Emanem)

Michael Keith (acoustic guitar, voice) plays with John Oswald (alto saxophone) and Roger Turner (percussion) in seven improvised pieces recorded in studio in Toronto in 2005.

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UPC: 030243412921

Label: Emanem
Catalog ID: 4129
Squidco Product Code: 6638

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2006
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Jewel tray, not sealed.
Digital studio recordings by Bernie Cisternas, Toronto (Number 9 Audio), 2005 April 17


Michael Keith-acoustic guitar, voice

John Oswald-alto saxophone

Roger Turner-percussion

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track listing:

1. Canal 13:48

2. Sister 3:53

3. Staircase 5:19

4. Instants 5:13

5. Nine 12:57

6. Centre 7:20

7. Harbourfront 2:14
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Michael Keith writes: "In the fall of 2003 I went to see a group featuring Roger Turner - Konk Pack - here in Toronto. He is beyond exciting to watch and listen to, and has since become without a doubt as much an influence on my playing as the usual other guitarists/horn players etc... I asked Mr Turner if he would like to do another gig while he was in town and he agreed. We played at a small venue in Toronto's west end called Mitzi's Sister, where we were joined by two long time improvisers from town - Michael Snow and Paul Dutton from CCMC.

In 2004 I arranged for Roger to come stay in Toronto for a couple of weeks, lining up as many shows as I could. One performance included John Oswald, another member of CCMC. We easily fell together and I think we all agreed that there was something special happening.

I had been a fan of John Oswald's for many years, not only through his work with CCMC and countless other improvisors but through his mind-boggling Plunderphonics.

In April 2005, Roger again made the trip to Toronto. After a few gigs as a trio we went into the studio, and within a few days Roger was on his way home to London. In May 2005 the three of us performed at venues in France and Italy. Over the course of our journey we have played together a total of seven times.

Listening to the CD, at this point, gives me a good feeling. The personality and musical history of each musician is clearly discernible to me. Even my past as a blues/rock musician seems to rear its ugly head at times!

It was a privilege to record with two of my favourite musicians and I hope you enjoy listening to the results."-Michael Keith

Artist Biographies:

"Roger Turner (born 1946, Whitstable, England) is an English jazz percussionist. He plays the drumset, drums, and various percussion, and was brought up into the jazz and visual art cultures inhabited by his older brothers, playing drums from childhood in informal jazz contexts.

Turner studied English literature and contemporary philosophy at Sussex University, playing with Chris Biscoe for the British Council in 1968, a first concert in improvisation. His move to London gave him contact with the first and second generation improvisers and he began to play primarily with Lol Coxhill, Gary Todd, John Russell, Hugh Davies, Steve Beresford, and Phil Minton.

In the years immediately after 1974 his work was primarily concentrated on opening the way to a more personal percussion language. This was also a period of intense collaborations that structured many of his future approaches to music-making and saw the formation of two long-lasting acoustic duos with Phil Minton and with John Russell. Recordings of these duos document an extreme attention to timbre and pitch, as well as a constantly shifting speed that typified much of his work at the time. The duo with Minton toured extensively throughout Europe, USA and Canada.

In 1979 he established CAW records with John Russell and Anthony Wood, and recorded the solo album The Blur Between focussing on single surface improvisations: a linear and reduced equipment approach he had started using with Carlos Zingaro and others in live performances.

In addition to forming Trump music with Gary Todd to promote improvised music in London, he also involved himself in formative activities of the London Musicians Collective during this period. He was awarded Arts Council of Great Britain bursaries for solo percussion in 1980, and in 1983 for investigation into percussion with electronics. Extensive festival and club solo work followed, including the Bracknell Jazz Festival and the Brussels Festival of Percussion.

In 1982 the trio The Recedents was formed with Lol Coxhill and Mike Cooper exploring the possibilities of electro-acoustic music, in which Turner initially played drumset and EMS Synthi A as a means of bending the sounds of various metal percussion instruments. This group, still existing, mixes song, jazz, punk/thrash, with acoustic detail in always shifting sonorities, and has worked throughout Europe, Canada and the UK, also recording for the French Nato label. Involvements with experimental rock musics and open-form song included extensive work in duo with Annette Peacock 1983-5, with whom he toured in Europe and Scandinavia. They recorded the album I have no feelings for Ironic.

In 1984-5, he was invited for workshop residences at Alan Silva's Institute Art Culture Perception in Paris, where long-term collaborations with Alan began, culminating in The Tradition Trio with Johannes Bauer. This group was central to his explorations of forms of free jazz, an interest that has seen him working with musicians on both sides of the Atlantic (including Elton Dean, Irene Schweizer, Cecil Taylor, Roy Campbell, Henry Grimes, The Wardrobe Trio and Charles Gayle).

Since the early 1980s his work has focussed on numerous projects with improvising musicians and groups, touring Europe, Australia, USA and Canada. Perhaps the most important of the later groups would be Konk Pack, formed in 1997, with Tim Hodgkinson and Thomas Lehn, a group whose use of volume and sense of detail continues the exploration of an electro-acoustic dynamic that forms one of his main musical concerns. This group has toured extensively in Europe and USA.

He forged working relationships with Japanese musicians over the years: in the 1980s with Toshinori Kondo in the trio with John Russell, but since the mid-1990s in concerts and recordings with guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi in Austria, Japan, and U.K, and in the recent (2009) Hana-Bi three-day event in London that included the guitarist and the pianist Chino Shuichi.

An active involvement in visual art has always been in dialogue with his music, and an inspiration for it. In the forefront of this is his work with Susan Turcot (the investigation/documentation of music and sound-drawing both in Europe and Canada-including the Being Rich box collection --, and music for her 2008 animation film Bitumen, Blood, and the Carbon Climb.

His music for dance/performance includes work with Alexander Frangenheim's Concepts of Doing, Stuttgart ; Carlos Zingaro's Encontros projects in Lisbon and Macau; and most recently in the Josef Nadj production etc.etc. (premiered Vandeouvre, France, 2008) and which is a continuing involvement.

In March 2009 he was invited to travel and perform on the Arctic island Svalbard, and was also invited to attend and play in the Comprovise event in Cologne, Germany in June 2009, set up to examine any possible relationship between improvisation and composition.

Turner's music-making with international improvisers in ad hoc and group collaborations have since the 1970s to the present day included Toshinori Kondo, Derek Bailey, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, William Parker, Cecil Taylor, Otomo Yoshihide, Shelley Hirsch, Joelle Leandre, Keith Rowe, Ab Baars, Barry Guy, Barre Philips, Henry Grimes, Paul Rutherford, Gunter Christmann, Marilyn Crispell, Irene Schweizer, Frederik Rzewski, and Malcolm Goldstein."

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