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The duo of Scott Fields on guitar and Stephan Rath on the theorbo (a long necked stringed instrument) crosses new music with early music, performing works written for the 2007 Cologne Music Triennial.

Fields, Scott & Stephan Rath
What We Talk

Fields, Scott & Stephan Rath: What We Talk (NEOS Music)
Label: NEOS Music    
Released in: Germany    

"Our duo was formed for the 2007 Cologne Music Triennial (MusikTriennale Köln) series "Solos for duos, improvisation from yesterday and today" (Solo für Zwei, Improvisation gestern und heute). Festival yentas matched six Early Music specialists with six New Music specialists. Each pair played similar instruments. Harpsichord and piano. Medieval organ and analog synthesizer. The beauty of pairing theorbo and guitar is that neither musician is channeled into the role of accompanist or soloist. Either can supply bass, chords, melody, or musical noise. Roles can change instantly and seamlessly or can disappear entirely.

The music on this CD was composed for the Triennale. The first four tracks on this CD are from a suite in which each movement is a setting of a short conversation that I imagined. Each conversation is laid over a static musical framework. As with other literary works I have set - plays by David Mamet and Samuel Beckett - each word has a corresponding pitch and rhythm. On our scores I omitted the words; sheet music for fretted instruments bulges with fingering and position markings and can't tolerate more clutter.

The single-movement piece, "what we talk", slices-and-dices motives together asynchronously. Each performer shapes his phrases freely while following both parts and reacting to his partner's interpretation. All of the material I wrote melds composed and improvised elements. And in all of the compositions melodic material floats organically over a steady pulse. In the suite the pulse is overt and in "what we talk" it is implied. This practice is common in Early Music and much of my work as well."-Scott Fields

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Product Information:

UPC: 4260063410055

Label: NEOS Music
Catalog ID: NEOS JAZZ 41005
Squidco Product Code: 13600

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: Germany
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Topaz Studios, Cologne, by Reinhard Kobialka.


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Track Listing:

1. Mister Knowitall kibitzes without mercy 8:16

2. The very moment I saw your facebook page I just knew we are soulmates forever 9:09

3. Again with the seventeen dollars? 5:55

4. Grief like this I don't need 17:45

5. what we talk 22:57