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Wolff, Christian / Keith Rowe (erstwhile)

New York School stalwart and John Cage collaborator Christian Wolff met AMM and EA-improvising guitarist Keith Rowe to perform this extended work at erstwhile's AMPLIFY 2011 show in NYC's The Stone.
 

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Label: erstwhile
Catalog ID: ErstLive 010
Squidco Product Code: 16752

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray - slim line
Recorded on September 4th, 2011 at AMPLIFY 2011: stones at The Stone in NYC, NY by Earl Howard.


Personnel:

Christian Wolff-guitar, piano

Keith Rowe-guitar, electronics

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1. Wolff, Christian / Keith Rowe 47:14




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Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Free Improvisation
Keith Rowe
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erstwhile
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"This set was the first ever full-length duo set from these two longtime masters, bringing Rowe together with one of his early influences, New York School stalwart and John Cage collaborator Christian Wolff. this show coincidentally occurred on September 4, ending after 11 PM, so almost precisely one year before Cage's 100th birthday."-erstwhile records


Artist Biographies:

"Christian Wolff was born in 1934 in Nice, France, has lived in the U.S. since 1941. Studied piano with Grete Sultan and briefly composition with John Cage. Associated with Cage, Morton Feldman, David Tudor and Earle Brown, then with Frederic Rzewski and Cornelius Cardew. Since 1952 associated with Merce Cunningham and his dance company. Taught Classics at Harvard (1962-70) and Classics, Music and Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College (1971-1999). Published articles on Greek tragedy, in particular, Euripides. Writings on music (to 1998) collected in book Cues (published by MusikTexte) and in Occasional Pieces (Oxford University Press, in preparation). Active as performer, also improviser with, among others, Takehisa Kosugi, Keith Rowe, Steve Lacy, Christian Marclay, Larry Polansky, Kui Dong and AMM. All music published by C.F. Peters, New York. Much of it is recorded (Mode, New World, Neos, Capriccio, Wandelweiser, Wergo, Matchless, Tzadik, HatArt, etc.). Honors include DAAD Berlin fellowship, grants from the Asian Council, Mellon Foundation, Fromm Foundation, Meet the Composer, Foundation for Contemporary Performing Arts (the John Cage award); honorary degrees from California Institute of the Arts and from Huddersfield University (UK), membership in the Akademie der Kuenste, Berlin, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, lifetime achievement award from the state of Vermont."

-Dartmouth College (http://eamusic.dartmouth.edu/~wolff/)
5/19/2017

"tabletop guitarist and painter. Rowe is a founding member of both the influential AMM in the mid-1960s (though in 2004 he quit that group for the second time) and M.I.M.E.O. Having trained as a visual artist, Rowe's paintings have been featured on most of his own albums. After years of obscurity, Rowe has achieved a level of relative notoriety, and since the late 1990s has kept up a busy recording and touring schedule. He is seen as a godfather of EAI (electroacoustic improvisation), with many of his recent recordings having been released by Erstwhile Records.

Rowe began his career playing jazz in the early 1960s-notably with Mike Westbrook and Lou Gare. His early influences were guitarists like Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian and Barney Kessel. Eventually, however, Rowe grew tired of what he considered the form's limitations. Rowe began experimenting, slowly and gradually. An important step was a New Year's resolution to stop tuning his guitar-much to Westbrook's displeasure. Rowe gradually expanded into free jazz and free improvisation, eventually abandoning conventional guitar technique.

This change in his approach to guitar, Rowe reports, was partly inspired by a teacher in one of his painting courses who told him, "Rowe, you cannot paint a Caravaggio. Only Caravaggio can paint Caravaggio." Rowe reports that after considering this idea from a musical perspective, "trying to play guitar like Jim Hall seemed quite wrong." For several years Rowe contemplated how to reinvent his approach to the guitar, again finding inspiration in visual art, namely, American painter Jackson Pollock, who abandoned traditional painting methods to forge his own style. "How could I abandon the technique? Lay the guitar flat!"

Rowe developed various prepared guitar techniques: placing the guitar flat on a table and manipulating the strings, body and pick-ups in unorthodox ways to produce sounds described as dark, brooding, compelling, expansive and alien. He has been known to employ objects such as a library card, rubber eraser, springs, hand-held electric fans, alligator clips, and common office supplies in playing the guitar. A January 1997 feature in Guitar Player magazine described a Rowe performance as "resemble a surgeon operating on a patient." Rowe sometimes incorporates live radio broadcasts into his performances, including shortwave radio and number stations (the guitar's pick-ups will also pick up radio signals, and broadcast them through the amplifier).

AMM percussionist Eddie Prévost reports that Rowe has "an uncanny touch on the wireless switch", able to find radio broadcasts which seem to blend ideally with, or offer startling commentary on, the music. (Prévost, 18). On AMMMusic, towards the end of the cacophonous "Ailantus Glandolusa", a speaker announces via radio that "We cannot preserve the normal music." Prevost writes that during an AMM performance in Istanbul, Rowe located and integrated a radio broadcast of "the pious intonation of a male Turkish voice. AMM of course, had absolutely no idea what the material was. Later, it was complimented upon the judicious way that verses from The Koran had been introduced into the performance, and the respectful way they had been treated!" In reviewing World Turned Upside Down, critic Dan Hill writes, "Rowe has tuned his shortwave radio to some dramatically exotic gameshow and human voices spatter the mix, though at such low volume, they're unintelligible and abstracted. Rowe never overplays this device, a clear temptation with such a seductive technology - the awesome possibility of sonically reaching out across a world of voices requires experienced hands to avoid simple but ultimately short-term pleasure. This he does masterfully, mixing in random operatics and chance encounters with talkshow hosts to anchor the sound in humanity, amidst the abstraction." "

Some accounts report that Rowe's guitar technique was an influence on Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett: "Taking his cues from experimental guitarist Keith Rowe of AMM, Barrett strived to push his music farther and farther out into the zone of complete abstraction."

Rowe has worked together with numerous composers and musicians, including Cornelius Cardew, Christian Wolff, Howard Skempton, Jeffrey Morgan, John Tilbury, Evan Parker, Taku Sugimoto, Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M, Oren Ambarchi, Christian Fennesz, Burkhard Beins, Kurt Liedwart, Toshimaru Nakamura, David Sylvian and Peter Rehberg.

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Rowe)
5/19/2017

Other Releases With These Artists:
Rowe, Keith
The Room Extended [4 CDs]
(erstwhile)
Tilbury, John / John Lely / Dirar Kalash & Christian Wolff
Seaside
(Another Timbre)
Cage, John / David Tudor / Christian Wolff
San Francisco Museum Of Art, January 16th, 1965 [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Modern Silence)
Wolff, Christian
Angelica Music
(Angelica)
Rowe, Keith / Martin Kuchen
The Bakery
(Mikroton Recordings)
Wolff, Christian / Michael Pisaro
Looking Around
(erstwhile)
Keller, Beat / Reza Khota Play Christian Wolff
11 Microexercises
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
Guy, Barry / Eddie Prevost / Evan Parker / Keith Rowe
Supersession [REMASTERED, REPACKAGED, ADDITIONAL TEXT]
(Matchless)
Rowe, Keith / Alfredo Costa Monteiro / Ilia Belorukov / Kurt Liedwart
Contour
(Mikroton Recordings)
NG4 Quartet (Keith Rowe / Anthony Taillard / Emmanuel Leduc / Julien Ottavi)
A Quartet For Guitars
(Mikroton Recordings)
Counterpoise (Carisi / Sauter / Wolff / Wolfpe)
Counterpoise
(Hat[now]ART)
Reed, Rick / Keith Rowe / Bill Thompson
Shifting Currents [2 CDs]
(Mikroton Recordings)
Rowe, Keith
September
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / John Tilbury
E.E. Tension And Circumstance
(Potlatch)
Mimeo
WIGRY [2 VINYL LPs]
(Monotype)
Malfatti, Radu / Keith Rowe
"Phi" [3 CDs]
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith & Mark Wastell
Live at i-and-e
(Confront)
Kuchen / Rowe / Wright

(Another Timbre)
AMM
Sounding Music
(Matchless)
Rowe, Keith / Toshimaru Nakamura
ErstLive 008
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Sachiko M
M-contact [2 CDs]
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith
ErstLive 007
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Taku Unami
ErstLive 006
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Nakamura, Toshimaru
Between
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / M, Sachiko / Nakamura, Toshimaru / Yoshihide, Otomo
ErstLive 005
(erstwhile)
London Improvisers Orchestra
Responses, Reproduction & Reality (freedom of the city 2003-4)
(Emanem)
Rowe, Keith / Beins, Burkhard
Erstwhile Live 001
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Fennesz, Christian
Live at the LU
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith/ Thomas Lehn / Marcus Schmickler
Rabbit Run
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Toshimaru Nakamura
Weather Sky
(erstwhile)
AMM
AMMMusic 1966
(Recommended Records)
Recommended & Related Releases:
Tilbury, John / John Lely / Dirar Kalash & Christian Wolff
Seaside
(Another Timbre)
Wolff, Christian
Angelica Music
(Angelica)
Guy, Barry / Eddie Prevost / Evan Parker / Keith Rowe
Supersession [REMASTERED, REPACKAGED, ADDITIONAL TEXT]
(Matchless)
Rowe, Keith / Alfredo Costa Monteiro / Ilia Belorukov / Kurt Liedwart
Contour
(Mikroton Recordings)
Counterpoise (Carisi / Sauter / Wolff / Wolfpe)
Counterpoise
(Hat[now]ART)
Reed, Rick / Keith Rowe / Bill Thompson
Shifting Currents [2 CDs]
(Mikroton Recordings)
Mimeo
WIGRY [2 VINYL LPs]
(Monotype)
AMM
Sounding Music
(Matchless)
London Improvisers Orchestra
Responses, Reproduction & Reality (freedom of the city 2003-4)
(Emanem)
Rowe, Keith / Fennesz, Christian
Live at the LU
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith/ Thomas Lehn / Marcus Schmickler
Rabbit Run
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith / Toshimaru Nakamura
Weather Sky
(erstwhile)
AMM
AMMMusic 1966
(Recommended Records)
Other Recommended Releases:
Unami, Taku / Devin DiSanto
Taku Unami / Devin DiSanto
(erstwhile)
Rowe, Keith
The Room Extended [4 CDs]
(erstwhile)
Cage, John / David Tudor / Christian Wolff
San Francisco Museum Of Art, January 16th, 1965 [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Modern Silence)
Rowe, Keith / Martin Kuchen
The Bakery
(Mikroton Recordings)
Wolff, Christian / Michael Pisaro
Looking Around
(erstwhile)
Keller, Beat / Reza Khota Play Christian Wolff
11 Microexercises
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)
NG4 Quartet (Keith Rowe / Anthony Taillard / Emmanuel Leduc / Julien Ottavi)
A Quartet For Guitars
(Mikroton Recordings)
Tsunoda, Toshiya / Manfred Werder
Detour
(erstwhile)
Chulki, Hong / Ryu Hankil
Objets Infernaux
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Lambkin, Graham / Jason Lescalleet
Photographs [2 CDs]
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Stephenson, Graham / Aaron Zarzutzki
Touching
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Guthrie, Anne / Richard Kamerman
Sinter
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Panzner, Joe / Greg Stuart
Dystonia Duos
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