The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra commissioned bassist and composer Barry Guy to create this mostly graphic work that unifies composed and improvised passages focusing on small units within the larger structure.
Catalog ID: MCD1201
Squidco Product Code: 17347
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live at Stringfest double bass Festival, Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama on March 19th, 2009 by Alistair MacDonald.
Gerry Rossi-prepared piano
John Burgess-bass clarinet, tenor saxophone
Una MacGlone-double bass
Raymond MacDonald-soprano saxophone, alto saxophone
Armin Sturm-double bass
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1. Edwin Morgan Reads "Ay, But Can Ye?" 0:25
2. Schweben - Ay, But Can Ye? 48:08
3. Edwin Morgan Speaks About Vladimir Mayakovsky 6:47
sample the album:
"Important for this composition commissioned by the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra from Barry Guy, is the unity of composed and improvised passages, the concern for the capabilities and strengths of individual players, the way in which small groups are part of the larger structures. Based on "Ay, but can ye?" a Russian poem translated into Scots by Edwin Morgan and using images of Wassily Kandinsky, this mostly graphically notated score is a musical adventure for the players as well as the listeners.
Other than providing the text for the vocalist(s) "Ay, but can ye ?" it proposed an interesting play on words with the German "Schweben" (To Float). The graphic controls the overall musical movement, but also asks some players to float inside and outside the boundaries and begs the question "but can ye?" - a question we often ask ourselves in daily life."-Maya