The 1st release from this collective directed by Raymond MacDonald on sax and George Burt on drums (GIO), presenting work from workshop sessions and a complete set from the 2012 Glasgow Improvisers Festival, 6 unique and sometimes eccentric works, including a piece for Lol Coxhill.
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Catalog ID: FMR 362-0913
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Country: Great Britain
Recorded in 2011 and 2012 over a series of workshops.
Track 1: First Workshop Session, Town Hall, Lerwick, September 2011.
Tracks 2 to 4: Shetland Jazz Festival, Town Hall, Lerwick, June 2012.
Track 5: For Lol Session, Islesburgh Centre, Lerwick, September 2012.
Track 6: Glasgow Improvisers Festival 2012, Contemporary Arts Centre, Glasgow, December 2012.
Raymond MacDonald-alto saxophone
Norman Willmore-alto saxophone
Peter Keay-electric bass
Jill Slee Blackadder-voice
Steve Chitty-soprano saxophone
Dave Hamilton-electric violin
Graeme Wilson-baritone saxophone
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1. First Recording 5:08
2. The Shetland Year 10:48
3. More Than a Sum of the Parts 7:13
4. River of Light 6:25
5. For Lol 8:26
6. The Glasgow Concert 33:12
London & UK Improv & Related Scenes
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"Shetland Improvisers Orchestra grew out of a series of workshop sessions where we worked with Raymond MacDonald and George Burt. This is the group's first CD and features some of the work that grew out of the workshops as well as pieces played at Shetland Jazz Festival and a complete set from Glasgow Improvisers Festival. There is also a tribute piece dedicated to Lol Coxhill recorded the day after he passed away. These are Shetland Improvisers' first steps."-FMR
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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)
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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)
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