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Extreme percussion work from Eli Keszler, mostly solo pieces using a diverse sonic palette, and assisted on 2 tracks by clarinetist Ashley Paul, plus brass player Andrew Fenlon and prepared pianist Sakkiko Mori.

Keszler, Eli

Keszler, Eli: Oxtirn (ESP)
Label: ESP    
Released in: USA    

"ESP-Disk' has released some far-out albums in its 47 years, but Eli Keszler's Oxtirn raises the bar. Keszler is a percussionist and composer like no other; some connoisseurs of outside music will know him from his work with the singular guitarist Jandek. Oxtirn is Keszler's ESP-Disk' debut and most widely distributed album after prolifically self-releasing micro-edition CDRs, tapes, and vinyl via his label REL Records.

On Oxtirn, Keszler plays drums, guitar, piano, prepared piano, motors, cymbal, crotales (bowed and unbowed), snare drum, prepared/riveted sheet metal, spring harp, bass board, and microphones. He's joined by clarinetist Ashley Paul (his partner in Aster) on two tracks, plus Andrew Fenlon (trumpet, tuba, French horn, trombone) and Sakkiko Mori (prepared piano) on one track each.

There are few musical analogies to what Keszler is doing here. It might sound like freely improvised noise, but it's actually meticulously composed - and if you don't believe it, you can check out his graphical-notation score for all three tracks, included on a six-panel fold-out. The Italian Futurists of the 1920s would have loved this magnificent din, so full of startling timbres and arresting textural combinations, like a cross between Xenakis and free jazz."-ESP

Limited edition of 300 copies and comes packaged with a beautiful, hand-screened poster featuring original artwork by Eli Keszler.

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Limited edition of 300 copies and comes packaged with a beautiful, hand-screened poster featuring original artwork by Eli Keszler.

UPC: 0825481040617

Label: ESP
Catalog ID: ESP 4061
Squidco Product Code: 15350

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Mastered by Kris Lapke at Hospital Audio.


Eli Keszler-drums, bowed metal, crotales, guitar, prepared/riveted 4 x 10 foot sheet metal, contact microphone, spring harp, bass board, motor, prepared piano, piano, motors, cymbal, crotales, snare drum, microphones

Ashley Paul-clarinet

Andrew Fenlon-trumpet, tuba, french horn, trombone

Sakiko Mori-prepared piano

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Track Listing:

1. Part 1 13:46

2. Part 2 11:03

3. Part 3 14:19

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