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BARREL (Blunt / Kallin / Marshall): Gratuitous Abuse (Emanem)

The London based improvising string trio Barrel of Alison Blunt on violin, Ivor Kallin on violin & viola, and Hannah Marshall on cello, all members of London Improvisers Orchestra and performers at the 2007 Freedom of the City.

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UPC: 5030243502028

Label: Emanem
Catalog ID: 5020
Squidco Product Code: 15216

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Digital gig recording by Ivor Kallin on April 25th, 2009 at 176 Gallery, London. Digital home recording by Ivor Kallin on July 29th, 2009 in London. Digital gig recording by Allison Blunt on January 28th, 2010 at Luna Fringe, London.


Alison Blunt-violin

Ivor Kallin-violin, viola

Hannah Marshall-cello

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"Growing up in Kenya and Cumbria and starting out as a classical violinist, Alison Blunt has become an internationally respected artist creating music utilising or consisting of improvisation, Her solo and collaborative projects often reach beyond the music stage and involve film, text, dance, theatre and visual art.

Alison Blunt was born in Mombasa, Kenya, grew up in Nairobi and subsequently in the Lake District, UK. Finding her way from a classical violin training at Birmingham Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Alison's fascination with sound, motion and space has led her into national and international projects exploring the boundaries between art forms and genres and creating, performing and recording new music.

She has performed new and creative work in contrasting environments including Royal Albert Hall, BFI, Southbank Centre, Barbican, Sage Gateshead, Sesc Pompeia (Brazil), MS Stubnitz (Germany), Boat Ting, Colourscape Music Festival, Little Angel Theatre, Vortex Jazz Club, Cafe Oto, Colston Hall, Symphony Hall, Buckingham Palace Gardens, Latitude Festival, Bimhuis (Holland), SoundOut Festival and ACME (Australia), Musikhuset Aarhus (Denmark), St Magnus Festival & Mull Theatre (Scotland), European Storytelling Marathons (Holland & Belgium), Alte Gerberei (St Johann, Tirol), MS Stubnitz, Radialsystem, & B-Flat (Germany), Stockwerk Jazz Club (Styria), Wunderbar (South Island NZ) and The Kosmos (New Mexico USA) with a diverse array of creative artists including Apartment House, Apocryphal Theatre Company, Renee Baker, Julia Barclay-Morton, Barrel, Barcode Quartet, Cristiano Calcagnile, Lawrence Casserley, Viv Corringham, Guy Dartnell, John Edwards, Vinny Golia, HANAM Quintet, Elisabeth Harnik, Tristan Honsinger, Cat Hope, Birthe Jorgensen, Tony Marsh (RIP), Hannah Marshall, Lisa Mezzacappa, Gianni Mimmo, Phil Minton, Lode, London and Berlin Improvisers Orchestras, Evan Parker, Pierette Ensemble, Reciprocal Uncles, Gino Robair, Mark Sanders, Guillaume Viltard, Ove Volquartz and Michael Zerang.

Alison's activities range from composing for film, visual arts, theatre and contemporary dance productions to touring solo musical storytelling performances, from performances with interdisciplinary ensembles to arranging and recording children's albums, from gigging with rock bands to gigging with world folk music artists, from writing about new music to performing and recording new music. Alison resists being pigeonholed."

-Alison Blunt Facebook Page (

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"Hannah Marshall is a cellist who is continuing to extract and invent as many sounds and emotional qualities from her instrument as she can , playing experimental & freely improvised music and collaborating with other musicians, theatre and performing artists in the UK and Europe. She trained at The Guildhall school of music and Drama from 1992-1996. She plays regularly with The London Improvisors Orchestra and has performed at various festivals including VNM-Graz, Freedom of the City - London, Fete Qua Qua, Nickelsdorf-Konfrontationen, Banlieue Bleu-Paris, Jazz em Agosto-Lisbon, Barcelona Horta Cordel, ring ring-belgrade, Wels Unlimited- Austria, Alpen Glow - UK/Austria, Taktlos, Nantes festival, Saalfelden jazz festival, Red Ear Amsterdam, thirstyfish festival - London, Konfrontationen, Akouphene-Geneva, Europa Jazz Festival, Joyful Noise Festival- Swtizerland, Blurred Edges Festival- Hamburg. She has been invited by Fred Frith, Thomas Lehn and Suichi Chino in their residencies at café Oto, and by Evan Parker in his monthly residency at The Vortex Club."

-Music Teachers UK (

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track listing:

1. Rigwiddie Snauchle Strikes Again In Style 22:25

2. Soft Porn And Hard Cheese 1:51

3. Sklatch: Unseemly Semi-Liquid Mess 22:33

4. Moths And Feathers 32:17
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"These three musicians have been performing in various combinations with others on the London improvising scene for several years. As well as the numerous small groups they have participated in, all three are members of the London Improvisers Orchestra. About six years ago Alison and Ivor were often playing gigs together either as a duo or with a third string player. They were impressive enough to be invited to the 2007 Freedom of the City festival, where they chose to add Hannah, with whom Alison had previously performed duos. That first performance of this trio was so musically successful that they decided to continue as such, and chose to call the group Barrel as it involved a lot of scraping. Since then they have often played in various locations in and around London, and this album is their choice of two of the resulting recordings. There are also two pieces from a 'studio' session at John Bisset's home. The music on this CD is certainly a very worthy addition to the series of string groups that have been featured on Emanem."-Martin Davidson, from the liner notes

Three autobiographic sketches:

Alison was born within earshot of the Indian Ocean and grew up with first the calls of peacocks and rabbits then the bleating of Herdwick sheep. Sounds of city life have since taken precedence, interrupted by grunting wombats, clicking possums and meowing cats.

Ivor grew up in the Yiddish/Glaswegian speaking ghetto of Strathbungo (hence his fluency in Glaswiddish). He had to grow his own beard to provide an abundant supply of bow hair, as horses were in short supply. However, he has recently acquired a fine horse.

Hannah is from London. She has made much use of tastes, sounds, and hairstyles ranging from quiet, violent, ungeneric, feverish, & simple, with a collection of musical and animal characters whose breadth matches these qualities, but may also include eccentric, beautiful, and dirty.

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