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Draper, Dave / Ntshuks Bonga: Snow in November (FMR)

Using alto & soprano sax, guitar, live sampling, looping and synths, Ntshuks Bonga and Dave Draper use traditional approaches to instrumental dialog, amplified and modified by the reintroduction of live interactive sound.

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product information:

UPC: 786497304424

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR 308-0511
Squidco Product Code: 14856

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Granville Laboratories on November 30th, 2010 and April 15th, 2005 and June 11th, 2006 by Dave Draper.


Dave Draper-guitar, processing, live sampling/looping, piano, synthesizer

Ntshuks Bonga-alto saxophone, soprano saxophone

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track listing:

1. Snow in November 1 21:37

2. April in Clapton 5:40

3. Snow in November 2 28:41

4. Loops in June 7:49

5. You Cannot by Sirius 10:07
Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic Improv
FMR Records
Duo Recordings

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"We have played together in countless settings over the years, ranging from Dave's large African music/Improvising 'China Pig Orchestra' down to a duo. The duo music on this CD is based on the traditional approach where two musicians engage in an instrumental dialog, reacting spontaneously to each other and changing the music as and when they see fit. A very significant further element is added by the ability to reintroduce recorded sounds the musicians have just played, recorded in real time and often looped and/ or processed so that although their origins can often be deduced, they have their own character, produce their owns sonic impact, and being autonomous to the live musical sounds, they cange the musical landscape in very often unexpected ways. This CD is made up mostly of two long improvisations recorded on 30th November 2010, when we had unseasonal snow (hence the title), and the three shorter pieces recorded in 2005 & 2006, all of which have distinctive musical characteristics. This CD allows us to document and celebrate our music collaboration that stretches almost two decades."-Ntshuks Bonga and Dave Draper

Artist Biographies:

"Ntshuks Bonga was born in Johannesburg, 1st October 1963. He moved to London with family in 1970. He took lessons on guitar & violin at school, and is mostly self taught on saxophones and clarinets. His past projects & collaborations include: various wonderful Maggie Nicols groups circa 1991-1993; Louis Moholo’s Exiles [Louis Moholo, Gibo Pheto, Pule Pheto, Claude Deppa] circa 1992; Silapha [with Gibo Pheto & Pule Pheto]; Ntshuks Bonga’s Tshisa [with Marcio Mattos & Ken Hyder]; Robyn Hitchcock; Claude Deppa’s fabulous Horns Unlimited [12 horns, 3 percussion CMN tour in 1998); Ntshuks Bonga’s Tokolosho [with Veryan Weston, John Grieve, Winston Rollins, Brian Abrahams, Mark Sanders, Julia Doyle]; Lucky Ranku’s African Jazz All Stars; FJQ [with Robin Musgrove, Jerry Bird and Alfredo Genovesi] recorded FJQ in 1998; Lydia Lunch (fabulous winter tour in 2004; still receovering!); Dave Draper/Jim LeBaigue/Ntshuks Bonga trio"

-Ntshuks Bonga Website (

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