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Zach, Ingar  / Grydeland, Ivor : Visiting Ants (Sofa)

2000 CD of Sofa label founders drummer Ingar Zach and guitarist Ivar Grydeland, recorded in the studio, 2 10 minute solos for each artists and 20 minutes of duo dialog.

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product information:

UPC: 7042986105020

Label: Sofa
Catalog ID: 502
Squidco Product Code: 9080

Format: CD
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2000
Country: Norway
Packaging: Digipack, not sealed
Recorded on June 29.


Ingar Zach-percussion

Ivor Grydeland-guitar

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track listing:

1. Sofamiliar... 2:14

2. First Visit 3:46

3. Sofasticated Lady 5:34

4. Fiskum Drisk 3:06

5. Hakavik Loek 2:06

6. Think Happy Thoughts 2:09

7. ...But Still Sofanatic 7:46

8. Darbu 2:42

9. Dog 5:50

10. Last Visit 2:25
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"Drummer Ingar Zach and guitarist Ivar Grydeland co-founded the Norwegian free improv label Sofa in 2000. One of the first CDs they released was their duo effort, Visiting Ants. It was recorded in the studio over one session. A bit short at 38 minutes, it still packs a lot of punch. Each musician was allowed about ten minutes of solo feature, leaving a little under 20 for dialogues. Tracks are short, dense, and filled with sparks. Grydeland finally gets the room he deserves -- his presence on Sofa's first release, the Tony Oxley Project 1's CD Triangular Screen, was overshadowed by the legendary drummer. His blend of straight and prepared electric guitar playing builds a bridge between the preparations of Hans Tammen, René Lussier's steel-wool-on-strings style of the late '90s, and Derek Bailey's abstract lines and use of a volume pedal. His level of communication with Zach recalls Lussier's complicity with drummer Pierre Tanguay (as on La Vie Qui Bat: Chèvre). Each one of his moves is met by Zach, often in unexpected ways. With the growing rise of post-minimalism in free improv in the early 2000s, playfulness had become a less-valued quality. These two players put it back in the center of their music to delightful results. The performance shines and bristles. They are having fun -- so are listeners."-François Couture, All Music

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December 2007
Improvised Music
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
Percussion & Drums
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Free Improvisation
Duo Recordings
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