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Smith, LaDonna / Davey Williams / Andrea Centazzo: Velocities: The Complete Recordings vol. 1 (Ictus)

Andrea Centazzo, LaDonna Smith and Davey Williams met for the first time in December 1978, recording the first part of this album in 1979 and the second in 2010; an exquisite and celebrated example of improvised music.
 

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UPC: 844553050293

Label: Ictus
Catalog ID: ICT 157
Squidco Product Code: 15152

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live at Sala Bossi, Bologna, Italy on April 28th, 1979 by Stefano Ferri & at ICTUS Studio, Pistoia, Italy on April 22nd & 23rd, 1979 by A.C. Also recorded live at Pepper Place, Birmingham, Alabama on August 13th, 2010 by Robin Hood.


Personnel:

Andrea Centazzo-percussion, synthesizer, samples

LaDonna Smith-violin, viola

Davey Williams-electric guitar, banjo

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track listing:


1. Velocity 1 10:04

2. Velocity 2 9:56

3. Velocity 3 5:43

4. Another Velocity 5:12

5. Velocity 4 6:36

6. New Velocity 1 3:08

7. New Velocity 2 1:48

8. New Velocity 3 7:24

9. New Velocity 4 4:32

10. New Velocity 5 3:00

11. New Velocity 6 3:42

12. New Velocity 7 6:42

13. New Velocity 8 2:35
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"Andrea Centazzo, LaDonna Smith and Davey Williams met for the first time in December 1978. They recorded the first part of this album in 1979 and the second in 2010. An exquisite and celebrated example of improvised music."-Ictus Records


Artist Biographies:

"In an artistic career that spans over twentyfive years, Andrea Centazzo has given more than 1000 concerts and live performances in Europe and the United States, as well as having appeared and performed on numerous radio and television broadcasts. He has recorded over 60 LP's and CD's, and has authored 350 compositions and eight musicology books. His musical endeavors and creative expression range from the sublime to the passionate, from lyric opera to orchestral symphony and solo percussion. He has performed in momentous festivals as soloist of his own compositions or as conductor of symphonic orchestras. Centazzo is a pioneer of contemporary percussion. In the early years, he performed with some of the greatest avant-garde soloists and composers, including J. Zorn, S. Bussotti, S. Lacy, D. Cherry, A. Mangellsdorf, E. Parker, etc. Deservedly, Centazzo has received a number of prestigious music and video Awards (Premio Speciale della Critica Discografica Italiana, USA Downbeat Poll, International Video Festival Tokyo, Prix Arcanal of French Culture, etc.) A doctoral graduate in musicology, he has taught seminars and workshops in Europe and the USA. Since 1983, Centazzo has been dedicated to creating multi-media experiences. This expansion began with an exhibition of his scores rendered as painted ideograms, and evolved into video performances combining both live performance with video images. These efforts culminated in his directing award-winning videos and films. As a soundtrack composer, he unites traditional instrumentation with current technological advances in musical expression through sampling machines and computers. These efforts give a new perspective to the fusion of sound and image through his theatre, television, video, CD rom, and feature film scores. The music of A.C. captures and expresses the rhythm and pulse of life by synthesizing the mystery of Oriental percussive vibrations with the timbral harmonic understanding of contemporary music and the soul of jazz and rock post-culture. A.C. continues to contribute his unique artistic vision to the evolution of contemporary culture."

-Andrea Centazzo Website (http://andreacentazzo.com/bio.html)
11/15/2017

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"LaDonna Smith, violinist and violist is dedicated to the international new music scene since 1978..

An active performer,educator, editor, and producer of the improvisor, she has been an avid warrior, promoting the improvisational arts, and keeping the music alive in the Southern Eastern United States. From touring the world, producing and hosting concerts and performance, the Birmingham Improv Festival, the improvisor festival of 2010, a month long festival held simultaneously in five different cities across the U.S.A, celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the international journal of free improvisation, she has hosted performers from Sweden, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, France, England, Russia and Ukraine, as well as Japan and Australia for concerts, workshops, and residencies in Alabama, as well as a host of regional and national participants in music, theatre, and dance.

As a performer, LaDonna has created a style of improvisation that is uniquely personal. Alternating classical and extended techniques,she explores her instrument, painting scenarios and sound pictures as she plays. She has performed at practically every major improvisation festival and many of the New Music Festivals. She has toured North America & Europe on numerous occasions, playing solo or in collaboration with others, including Misha Feigin, Sergey Letov, Evan Parker, Roger Turner, John Russell, Gunter Christman, John Oswald, and many others. . Her travels have taken her to the former USSR, Siberia, China, Japan, and India. Her longest musical relationship remains steadfast with Alabama guitarist, Davey Williams. Together, they have toured North America and Europe many times as Trans Duo. As musical partners, they maintain their own recording label, TransMuseq, and also co-edited the improvisor, the international journal of free improvisation, printed eleven editions & published on the web for 30 years."

-LaDonna Smith Website (http://ladonnasmith.net/biography.htm)
11/15/2017

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"Davey Williams (born 1952) is an American free improvisation and avant-garde music guitarist. In addition to his solo work, he has been noted for his membership in Curlew and his collaborations with LaDonna Smith.

Williams began on guitar at age 12. He played in rock bands in high school, and studied with blues musician Johnny Shines from the late 1960s until 1971. Early in the 1970s Williams played in the University of Alabama B Jazz Ensemble and the Salt & Pepper Soul Band. He also started working with LaDonna Smith around this time, and founded a musical ensemble/recording project called Transmuseq. He toured the U.S. and Europe in 1978. Early in the 1980s he worked in a blues band called Trains in Trouble, then joined Curlew in 1986, who released several albums on Cuneiform Records through the 1990s.

In the 1980s he also worked with Col. Bruce Hampton and OK, Nurse, and in the early 1990s played in a punk rock band called Fuzzy Sons. Concomitantly with Fuzzy Sons, Williams played in an improvisational three-piece called Say What?, and worked with Jim Staley and Ikue Mori. Williams has appeared live at some 1,500 concerts worldwide.

Williams co-founded The Improviser, a journal of experimental music, in 1981. He has also worked as a music critic for the Birmingham News and published freelance criticism elsewhere."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davey_Williams_(musician))
11/15/2017

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