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Looper / Tilbury, John

Looper / Tilbury, John: MASS [DVD] (Esquilo Records)
Label: Esquilo Records    
Released in: Portugal    

"First release on Esquilo's new DVD series, Incite Series, featuring audiovisual works of contemporary electroacustic improvisation and composition music and video art.

MASS is a collective intermedia project, featuring Looper (Nikos Veliotis, Martin Küchen, Ingar Zach) and John Tilbury, which integrates image and sound to reach a deeper conceptual level that brings open questions about human thoughts and beliefs to the foreground.

The visual side of MASS is realised by Nikos Veliotis and consists of religious images gathered from websites that advertise religion, any religion. The pictures are overlaid and animated in a soft pendulum motion, attempting to somehow detach religion from its obsessive quest for absolute truth.

MASS' audio material counterpoints the visual content in terms of constant long and lowercase stretches of sound, interspersed with soft chords and silences, paradoxically retaining a certain religious resonance. The musicians engage in a dialogue by producing a subtle sonic environment, providing the spectator with a suspended situation in which to submerge himself, dislocating him from the casual perception of time and space.

The DVD contains 2 audio tracks recorded live in Oslo and Stavanger. Bonus features include 3 video excerpts from the Stavanger onstage performance.

This edition comes in a gatefold black deluxe cardboard case with golden letterwork."-Esquilo Records

"John Tilbury (born 1 February 1936) is a British pianist. He is considered one of the foremost interpreters of Morton Feldman's music, and since 1980 has been a member of the free improvisation group AMM.

Tilbury studied piano at the Royal College of Music with Arthur Alexander and James Gibb and also with Zbigniew Drzewiecki in Warsaw. 1968 he was the winner of the Gaudeamus competition in the Netherlands.

During the 1960s, Tilbury was closely associated with the composer Cornelius Cardew, whose music he has interpreted and recorded and a member of the Scratch Orchestra. His biography of Cardew, "Cornelius Cardew - A life unfinished" was published in 2008.

Tilbury has also recorded the works of Howard Skempton and John White, among many others, and has also performed adaptations of the radio plays of Samuel Beckett.

With guitarist AMM bandmate Keith Rowe's electroacoustic ensemble M.I.M.E.O., Tilbury recorded The Hands of Caravaggio, inspired by the painter's The Taking of Christ {1602). In this live performance, twelve of the members of M.I.M.E.O. were positioned around the piano in a deliberate echo of Christ's Last Supper. The thirteenth M.I.M.E.O. member (Cor Fuhler) is credited with "inside piano" as he interacted and interfered with Tilbury's playing by manipulating and damping the instrument's strings, essentially doing piano preparation in real time. Critic Brian Olewnick describes the album as "A staggering achievement, one is tempted to call The Hands of Caravaggio the first great piano concerto of the 21st century."

Another notable recent recording of Tilbury's was Duos for Doris (like The Hands of Caravaggio also on Erstwhile Records), a collaboration with Keith Rowe. It is widely considered a landmark recording in the genre of electroacoustic improvisation (or "EAI").

In 2013 he collaborated with artist Armando Lulaj in FIEND performance at the National Theatre of Tirana (Albania)."

-Wikipedia (

Region Free, PAL, 55 mins, 2 different audio tracks.

Limited edition of 500

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Region Free, PAL, 55 mins, 2 different audio tracks.

Limited edition of 500

Label: Esquilo Records
Catalog ID: ESDVD001
Squidco Product Code: 7898

Format: DVD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardstock Foldover in a clear vinyl sleeve
Video by Nikos Veliotis, audio tracks recorded by Thomas Ukkelberg (Oslo), Marc Pichelin (Stavanger)


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