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Pianist John Tilbury is captured with remarkable clarity by Sebastian Lexer as he performs works by composers Terry Jennings and John Cage (with Lexer on electronics); superb performances!
 

Jennings / Cage / Tilbury / Lexer
Lost Daylight

Jennings / Cage / Tilbury / Lexer: Lost Daylight (Another Timbre)
Label: Another Timbre    
Released in: UK    


" [...] Lost Daylight - John Tilbury performing Terry Jennings and John Cage - is a record we're going to be talking about for years. The delicately transforming textures of "Winter Sun", the most often cited work by Jennings, an undeservedly overlooked American proto-minimalist, holds gestural clutter in disdain, allowing the piano to intone along its natural grain. Cage's "Electronic Music for Piano" is not a composition as such, rather a set of open ended instructions about a possible treatment, governed by random procedures developed from an astronomical atlas, of Cage's earlier "Music for Piano", using feedback, amplifiers and loudspeakers.

Tilbury, with Sebastian Lexer on electronics, then doubles up on those procedures by subjecting the raw recording itself to a further randomised edit. Don't make my mistake and yank up the volume to appreciate softs that are softer than soft; the recording levels are awesomely (uniquely?) wide and what came next dealt me an ear-splitting shock. The recording melts Tilbury's playing towards silence in an authentic expression of the Cageian spirit, but then something truly remarkable - near the end, the silence captured during the performance is intercut with the absolute silence of blank disc space. The recording takes you completely outside the performance space, and into different colours of silence. Feldman once said Cage was the first composer to explore the possibility that music could be an 'art form' rather than a 'music form'. No Cage disc rises to that challenge more boldly, and with such revolutionary results."-Philip Clark, The Wire



"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 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Tilbury)
2/22/2017





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Product Information:

Label: Another Timbre
Catalog ID: AT10
Squidco Product Code: 12758

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: UK
Packaging: Jewel tray, not sealed.
Jennings: recorded & masterd by Sebastian Lexer, edited by Simon Reynell, November 2007. Cage: recorded, edited & mastered by Sebastian Lexer, September 2009.

Personnel:

John Tilbury-piano

Sebastian Lexer-electronics (track 6)

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Track Listing:

1. Piano Piece 1958: Terry Jennings 2:07

2. Winter Sun: Terry Jennings 7:26

3. For Christine Jennings: Terry Jennings 9:05

4. Winter Trees: Terry Jennings 8:35

5. Piano Piece 1960: Terry Jennings 4:05

6. Electronic Music For Piano: John Cage 39:46