Intricate and beautifully paced electroacoustic improv from the quartet of Thanos Chrysakis (laptop, synth & radio), Ken Slaven (berimbu, autoharp, violin), James O'Sullivan (guitar) and Jerry Wigens (clarinet & mandolin).
Chrysakis / Slaven / O'Sullivan / Wigens
Zafiros en el Barro
Label: Aural Terrains
Released in: Greece/UK
"Thanos Chrysakis' output consists of composition, performance, and installation. He was born in Athens in 1971, residing in the UK since 1998. With several albums to his name his work has also appeared in festivals and events in several countries; to name but a few : CYNETart Festival, Festspielhaus Hellerau - Dresden, Academy of Arts / M:AI (Museum für Architektur und Ingenieurkunst NRW)- Berlin, Diapason Gallery - New York, ohrenhoch - der Geräuschladen Gallery - Berlin Neukölln, XXII "Sound Ways" International New Music Festival - St Petersburg, Artus Contemporary Arts Studio - Budapest, CRUCE Gallery - Madrid, Fylkingen - Stockholm, Relative (Cross) Hearings festival - Budapest, ZEPPELIN festival - Barcelona, Futura 2013 - Drôme, Festival de Música Contemporanea "Ramiro Guerra" - Monterrey, Störung festival - Barcelona, BMIC Cutting Edge concert series - The Warehouse - London . It has also received airplay -among others- by RAI radio 3, BBC radio 3, Radio Portugal Antenna 2, Radio Nacional de España, FM Brussel, Polskie Radio (Warsaw), Elektramusic (Strasbourg), and Onda Sonora - Radio Circulo de Bellas Artes (CBA) (Madrid). He composes for electronics, acoustic instruments and environmental sounds, focusing on the structural, aesthetic and tranfigured capacity of sonic matter. His work was amongst the selected works at the International Competition de Musique et d'Art Sonore Electroacoustiques de Bourges 2005, in the category œuvre d'art sonore électroacoustique, while received an honorary mention in 2006 at the 7th International Electroacoustic Competition Musica Viva in Lisbon. Recent compositions include: ΕΚΝΗΨΙΣ (Aural Terrains 2012), ΜΑΓΜΑ (Monochrome Vision 2011), Milieu Interieur I/II (for Chris Cundy [solo bass and contra-bass clarinet] 2012), EIRMOS I / II (for Wilfrido Terrazas [solo flute/bass flute] 2011), ERRINA (for Alexander Bruck [solo viola] 2011). He has recorded/performed with a number of improvisers, like Wade Matthews, Dario Bernal-Villegas, Jerry Wigens, James O'Sullivan, Chris Cundy, and Zsolt Sőrés amongst others.
Ken Slaven, violinist born in Glasgow in 1947, has been playing music since he was 12 years old. Although engineer by profession, he has played a wide variety of types of music in many concerts and festivals throughout the world. In addition to violin and viola, he also plays percussion (timbila, mbira, glockenspiel, steel drum, berimbau) and other stringed instruments including the Erhu, Kantele, Gadulka, Ghu Zheng, Morin Huur, Bowed Psaltery, altered Autoharp and charango. Ken has been resident in Madrid for the last 8 years and has collaborated with many musicians from all over the world, performing regularly at concerts in El Cruce and Espacio Ronda.
Slaven specialises in various kinds of improvisation from experimental music to so-called world music with groups who are interested in developing fusions from various cultures. He also plays electronic music using zeta violin combined with bass pedals and an assortment of synthesisers.
James O'Sullivan is a London-based electric guitar player. He has performed in numerous groupings of musicians, many of whom he met through Eddie Prevost's weekly improvisational workshop. In addition, he is the founder, alongside longtime friend and collaborator David Hurn, of Four Seasons Television, which explores the relationship between improvisation, composition, recording and performance. His activities span the two poles from free improvisation to more 'composed' song forms, and he has collaborated with songwriters, improvisors, improvising songwriters and other permutations of these elements in an attempt to unpack ideas of terms such as 'free', 'composed', 'technique', 'melody', 'noise', 'rhythm' and 'improvise'.
Jerry Wigens is an improviser and composer who plays guitar and clarinet. Most of his musical activity has taken place in London although he has also performed in Zurich, Geneva, Berlin and Athens. His interest in improvisation started at an early age and he attended John Stevens' workshops at the age of nineteen. Since then he has worked in various musical contexts including rock, jazz and contemporary classical and has performed with Eddie Prevost, George Lewis, Sylvia Hallett and Walter Cardew, among many others. He has also had work performed by guitarist Alan Thomas and contemporary ensemble Vamos. He has studied with Roger Redgate and participates in Eddie Prévost's workshop sessions which he has occasionally convened in Prévost's absence. He also plays guitar in prog/improv band Astrakan."-Aural Terrains
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Recorded in February 2012 at Smiling Cow Studios, Madrid.
Thanos Chrysakis-laptop computer, synthesizer, radio
Ken Slaven-berimbau, breadknife, autoharp, violin, mbira
Jerry Wigens-clarinet, mandolin
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1. I 3:27
2. II 9:20
3. III 5:06
4. IV 14:24
5. V 5:05
6. VI 3:27
7. VII 2:26