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Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra & George Lewis: Artificial Life 2007 (FMR)

The large Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, led by Raymond MacDonald, met trombonist George Lewis in 2012 at CCA in Glasgow to record this two part work based on a set of instructions presented graphically, plus an extended free improvisation.
 

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UPC: 0616932200564

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR 366-1013
Squidco Product Code: 18465

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at the CCA, Glasgow on December 2nd, 2012 by Kenny Macleod.


Personnel:

Rick Bamford-drums

Stu Brown-drums

George Burt-acoustic guitar

Neil Davidson-electric guitar

Robert Henderson-trumpet

Fergus Kerr-french horn

George Lewis-trombone

George Lyle-doublebass

Nicola MacDonald-voice

Raymond MacDonald-alto saxophone, soprano saxophone

Jim McEwan-rhodes, electronics

Una MacGlone-doublebass

Nicole McNeilly-trombone

George Murray-trombone

Peter Nicholson-cello

Maggie Nicols-voice

Anne Rankin-oboe

Emma Roche-flute

Gerry Rossi-piano

Liene Rozite-flute

Armin Sturm-doublebass

Graeme Wilson-tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone

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1. Artificial Life 2007: Page One 10:00

2. Artificial Life 2007: Page Two 18:40

3. Free Improvisation 19:54
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"Arttfical Life 2007 3 tracks were recorded at the CCA in Glasgow in early December 2012 and was produced by Una Macglone and one of the saxophonists with the band. Raymond MacDonald's GIO (Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra) have now thoroughly established themselves as one of the most interesting and creative large improvisin ensembles in the UK, and had done many collaborations with great improvisers across the globe. GIO first worked with George Lewis in 2003 This new version of George Lewis' Artificial Life 2007 was recorded at Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra's tenth-anniversary festival in 2012. The innovative US trombonist and composer's score is a set of instructions, presented graphically on a grid, which the musicians respond to as they see fit. When, what and how to play is up to them, unless indicated otherwise. The result is an extremely detailed music, based on textural rather than harmonic or rhythmic development."-FMR


Artist Biographies:

"George Burt is a guitarist and composer based in Falkirk. Early experience includes playing in folk groups, ceilidh bands, pit bands, and mainstream and Trad jazz groups. He has devised a number of works for GIO including Improcherto (for HB) which GIO performed at the 2011 Gateshead Jazz Festival.

He ran a series of improvisation workshops in the 90s, and this eventually led to the formation of the George Burt/Raymond MacDonald Quartet (BMacD). The group was described by the Penguin Guide to Jazz as the leading partnership on the modern/free scene in Scotland, making impressive international associations. These included Harry Beckett, Keith Tippett and Lol Coxhill. The group's crowning achievement is a pair of concept albums celebrating the lives of the Victorian traveller Isabella Bird and her sister Henrietta. He has been lucky enough to perform with a number of his favourite musicians; Barry Guy, Julie Tippetts and Mat Maneri, as well as his two favourite guitarists, Susan Alcorn and Bill Wells."

-Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra (http://glasgowimprovisersorchestra.com/musicians/)
11/21/2017

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"George E. Lewis is the Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. A 2015 Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, Lewis has received a MacArthur Fellowship (2002), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2015), a United States Artists Walker Fellowship (2011), an Alpert Award in the Arts (1999), and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2015, Lewis received the degree of Doctor of Music (DMus, honoris causa) from the University of Edinburgh.

A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis's work in electronic and computer music, computer-based multimedia installations, and notated and improvisative forms is documented on more than 140 recordings. His work has been presented by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Talea Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Wet Ink, Ensemble Erik Satie, Eco Ensemble, and others, with commissions from American Composers Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, Harvestworks, Ensemble Either/Or, Orkestra Futura, Turning Point Ensemble, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, IRCAM, Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, and others. Lewis has served as Ernest Bloch Visiting Professor of Music, University of California, Berkeley; Paul Fromm Composer in Residence, American Academy in Rome; Resident Scholar, Center for Disciplinary Innovation, University of Chicago; and CAC Fitt Artist In Residence, Brown University.

Lewis received the 2012 SEAMUS Award from the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, and his book, A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press, 2008) received the American Book Award and the American Musicological Society's Music in American Culture Award. Lewis is co-editor of the two-volume Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies (2016), and his opera Afterword, commissioned by the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago, premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in October 2015 and has been performed in the United States, United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic.

Professor Lewis came to Columbia in 2004, having previously taught at the University of California, San Diego, Mills College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Koninklijke Conservatorium Den Haag, and Simon Fraser University's Contemporary Arts Summer Institute. Lewis studied composition with Muhal Richard Abrams at the AACM School of Music, and trombone with Dean Hey."

-Columbia University (http://music.columbia.edu/bios/george-e-lewis)
11/21/2017

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"Raymond MacDonald co-leads The Burt/MacDonald Quartet and is a founder member and key player in The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra. He also performs with The Scottish Jazz Composers Ensemble and the saxophone quartet Rich in Knuckles. He has recently collaborated Lol Coxhill, Keith Tippett, Harry Beckett, Evan Parker, Gunter Baby Sommer, Fred Frith, Keith Rowe, George Lewis, Maggie Nicols, Satoko Fujii, Ken Hyder, Natsuki Tamura, Steve Beresford, Mike Zerang, and Fred Longberg-holm.

Other work includes composing and performing for film, television, theatre and collaborations with visual artists, including commissioned work for Martin Boyce, Simon Starling and Christine Borland. He collaborated with David Byrne on David McKenzie's film Young Adam.

In December 2005 he made a solo tour of Japan and in July 2006 performed with Josh Abrams and Miguel Carvalhais at The Glasgow International Jazz festival."

-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
11/21/2017

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"George Murray began playing the piano and trombone aged 9. He played in Bodmin School Band and Cornwall Youth Orchestra and Jazz Orchestra before going on to study and Trinity College of Music in London.

George has performed and recorded in wide variety of contexts, in a number of innovative ensembles.

In contemporary music he has appeared as a guest soloist with Scottish Clarinet Quartet and performed regularly with the Glasgow based contemporary music group Symposia.

George was a member of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra through which he has had the opportunity of working and recording with George Lewis, Maggie Nichols, Barry Guy and Evan Parker in a variety of different contexts. He has also recorded in Germany with Saxophonist John Tchicai and Joachim Irmler.

George has also been working as a Music Therapist and teacher for the last 12 years. He is passionate about music, and its benefits, people respond to music in a fantastic way. He is interested in person-centred learning and working with his pupils to help them to identify and fulfill their goals."

-Music Teachers UK (https://www.musicteachers.co.uk/user/f6e1883c310c35ff7e49/biography)
11/21/2017

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"Maggie Nicols (or Nichols, as she originally spelled her name as a performer) (born 24 February 1948), is a Scottish free-jazz and improvising vocalist, dancer, and performer.

Nicols was born in Edinburgh as Margaret Nicholson. Her father was from the Isle of Lewis, and her mother is half-French, half-Berber from North Africa. At the age of fifteen she left school and started to work as a dancer at the Windmill Theatre. Her first singing engagement was in a strip club in Manchester at the age of sixteen. At about that time she became obsessed with jazz, and sang with bebop pianist Dennis Rose. From then on she sang in pubs, clubs, hotels, and in dance bands with some of the finest jazz musicians around. In the midst of all this she worked abroad for a year as a dancer (including a six-month stint at the Moulin Rouge in Paris).[citation needed]

In 1968, she went to London and joined (as Maggie Nichols) an early improvisational group, the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, with John Stevens, Trevor Watts, and Johnny Dyani, and the group performed that year at Berlin's then new avant-garde festival, Total Music Meeting. In the early 1970s she began running voice workshops at the Oval House Theatre (one of the most important centres for pioneer fringe theatre groups). She both acted in some of the productions and rehearsed regularly with a local rock band. Shortly afterwards she became part of Keith Tippett's fifty-piece British jazz/progressive rock big band Centipede, which included Julie Tippetts, Phil Minton, Robert Wyatt, Dudu Pukwana, and Alan Skidmore. Tippetts, Minton, and Nicols also joined Brian Eley to form the vocal group Voice. Around the same time Nicols began collaborating with the Scottish percussionist Ken Hyder (who had recently moved to London) and his band Talisker.[citation needed]

Maggie Nicols recorded an album with the vocalist Julie Tippetts called Sweet and S'Ours which was an FMP]] import.

By the late 1970s, Nicols had become an active feminist, and co-founded the Feminist Improvising Group, which performed across Europe, with Lindsay Cooper. She also organised Contradictions, a women's workshop performance group that began in 1980 and dealt with improvisation and other modes of performance in a variety of media including music and dance. Over the years, Nicols has collaborated with other women's groups, such as the Changing Women Theatre Group, and even wrote music for a prime-time television series, Women in Sport.

Nicols has also collaborated regularly over the years with Swiss pianist Irene Schweizer and French bassist Joelle Leandre, including tours and three recordings as the trio "Les Diaboliques". Her collaboration with Ken Hyder also continues; the duo incorporate elements of the traditional tunes of their shared Scottish background into jazz improvisations in their most recent project, Hoots and Roots Duo. She has worked with pianists Pete Nu and Steve Lodder, with her own daughter, Aura Marina, with avant-gardists Caroline Kraabel and Charlotte Hug, and with lighting designer Sue Neal in Light and Shade. She performed internationally for several decades, including the Zürich and the Frankfurt "Canaille" festivals, the Victoriaville Festival. She gave solo performances at the Moers Music Festival, the Cologne Triennale, and a number of other creative and improvised music festivals."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maggie_Nicols)
11/21/2017

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"After graduating from the University of Glasgow, Gerry worked extensively throughout Europe andNorth Americain both music/creative arts practical and commercial environments and has written and arranged music for film, television and radio.

A founding member of the Scottish Artists in Residence Project and a strong supporter of Community Music, he is Chairperson of the music charity Limelight and holds the Musical Director posts for the Strathclyde University Big Band, The Strathclyde Improvisation Ensemble and the Scottish Composers Jazz Ensemble. He is also General Manager of the Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra Trust.

A Committee Member with the Parliamentary Cross Party Music Group, Gerry is also Universities' Representative, Scottish Music Policy Forum."

-Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra (http://glasgowimprovisersorchestra.com/musicians/)
11/21/2017

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"Graeme Wilson is a saxophonist & composer based in Newcastle in the north of England. His previous years on the jazz scene in Glasgow included work with the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra, Bill Wells Octet and The Delgados. As a composer he has produced scores for large and small ensembles, particularly written work for saxophone quartet. He has been a leading member of Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra in their recordings, international performances and collaborations with, among others, Fred Frith, Evan Parker and Barry Guy, and has contributed improvised interactions and soundtracks for artists' video work including Gair Dunlop and Dan Norton's interactive archive film site The Tomorrows Project at the Commonwealth Film Festival, and Cath Keay's Silkmoths. Recent work includes a textual score performed by GIO and Gunther Sommer's Dresden ensemble, a commission for saxophone ensemble for An Tobar Arts Centre on Mull, and improvisations responding to oral history from archives in the North-East at Culture Lab in Newcastle."

-Creative Sources (http://creativesourcesrec.com/creative_artists.html)
11/21/2017

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Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere
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(Discus)
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The Word For it Now
(FMR)
Tippett's, Keith Ark
Frames (Music For An Imaginary Film) [2 CDs]
(Ogun)
Braxton, Anthony
Ensemble (Victoriaville) 1988
(Les Disques Victo)
MacDonald, Raymond / Graeme Wilson
Cast of Thousands
(Creative Sources)
Lazro, Daunik / Joelle Leandre / George Lewis
Enfances 8 Janv. 1984
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(Mikroton Recordings)
Braxton, Anthony
Quintet (Basel) 1977
(Hatology)
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Search & Reflect (1973-81) [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Braxton, Anthony
Live At The Rainbow Gallery '79
(Hi Hat)
Lacy, Steve Quintet
Last Tour (2004)
(Emanem)
Cooper, Lindsay
Rarities Volumes 1 & 2
(Recommended Records)
Parker, Evan ElectroAcoustic Septet
Seven
(Les Disques Victo)
Spontaneous Music Ensemble
Oliv & Familie (1968-9)
(Emanem)
Smith, Wadada Leo / Lewis, George / Zorn, John
Sonic Rivers
(Tzadik)
Nicols, Maggie / Caroline Kraabel / Charlotte Hug
Transitions
(Emanem)
Various Artists
Freedom of the City 2001 - small groups [2 CDs]
(Emanem)
Schweizer, Irene
Les Diaboliques
(Intakt)
Zorn / Lewis / Frisell
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Leandre, Joelle / Lewis, George
Transatlantic Visions
(RogueArt)
Les Diaboliques (Schweizer / Nicols / Leandre)
Jubilee Concert [DVD in PAL format]
(Intakt)
Spontaneous Music Ensemble & Orchestra
Trio & Triangle
(Emanem)
Rich In Knuckles (Heinze / Reiserer / MacDonald, Wilson)
Light in Dark Corners
(Creative Sources)
MacDonald, Raymond / Sommer, Gunter Baby
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(Clean Feed)
Parker, Evan
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