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AMM (Tilbury / Prevost): Place Sub. V (Matchless)

AMM (Eddie Prevost on percussion and John Tilbury on piano(+)) performing a 1 hour, 1 minute and 1 second live concert at the 2012 Festival of Traditional and Avant-Garde Music in Lublin, Poland in a beautiful melding of unconventional approaches to improvisation.
 

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UPC: 502049209128

Label: Matchless
Catalog ID: MRCD91
Squidco Product Code: 19422

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded at CODES, The Festival of Traditional and Avant-garde Music, in Lublin, Poland on May 16th, 2012, by Jaroslaw Rudnicki.


Personnel:

Eddie Prevost-percussion

John Tilbury-piano

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1. Place Sub. V. 1:01:01

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"First assembling in 1965, AMM is likely the longest running group in improvised music, though that near half-century is marked by dramatic changes, both in musical content and membership. Its constants through that time have been the percussionist Eddie Prévost and a commitment to improvised music built on close listening. Since 1980 the group's most frequent form has been the duo of Prévost and pianist John Tilbury.

Place sub v. presents an hour-long performance from the 2012 Festival of Traditional and Avant-Garde Music in Lublin, Poland. It's a work both minimalist and monumental in which Prévost bows and brushes metallic percussion and Tilbury introduces isolated and microscopic figures at the keyboard of a piano that is sometimes prepared. Elsewhere he seems to strike the wood of the piano to create bass rumbles that suggest distant thunder. There are also bass sounds that suggest bowed glissandi in the lowest register of a string bass, but aren't. There are passing resemblances to the percussion music of John Cage and the piano music of Morton Feldman, but these do not significantly shape the music.

Here close listening, the specific resonances of the space, the contour of a sound and its developing relations to time and silence are everything. One may hear silence being subtly massaged or sound and time coaxed into being, but the absolute purity and indivisibility of this music is such that any description risks falsifying the experience of it."-Stuart Broomer, Musicworks



"A recording of a live concert from Lublin in Poland, the heart of old Europe, which precisely one hour, one minute and one second. The title uses the abbreviations of a dictionary entry. Since AMM became a duo a decade ago, Tilbury and Prévost have released several albums under the name, of which Place is the latest. After the high energy of other discs in this column, it's good to find a more pensive mood pervading the recording, and such delicacy and sensitivity of sound production. Pensive doesn't equate with Zen-calm - this music is quieter and sparser, at times with a beautiful gamelin-like effect, but at others with an air of foreboding or uncertainty. This isn't reductionism, which in philosophy means a simplified strategy - an inappropriate description for playing of such intensity and fragility. It's powerful, humane and uncomfortable music."-The Wire


Artist Biographies:

"John Tilbury (born 1 February 1936) is a British pianist. He is considered one of the foremost interpreters of Morton Feldman's music, and since 1980 has been a member of the free improvisation group AMM.

Tilbury studied piano at the Royal College of Music with Arthur Alexander and James Gibb and also with Zbigniew Drzewiecki in Warsaw. 1968 he was the winner of the Gaudeamus competition in the Netherlands.

During the 1960s, Tilbury was closely associated with the composer Cornelius Cardew, whose music he has interpreted and recorded and a member of the Scratch Orchestra. His biography of Cardew, "Cornelius Cardew - A life unfinished" was published in 2008.

Tilbury has also recorded the works of Howard Skempton and John White, among many others, and has also performed adaptations of the radio plays of Samuel Beckett.

With guitarist AMM bandmate Keith Rowe's electroacoustic ensemble M.I.M.E.O., Tilbury recorded The Hands of Caravaggio, inspired by the painter's The Taking of Christ {1602). In this live performance, twelve of the members of M.I.M.E.O. were positioned around the piano in a deliberate echo of Christ's Last Supper. The thirteenth M.I.M.E.O. member (Cor Fuhler) is credited with "inside piano" as he interacted and interfered with Tilbury's playing by manipulating and damping the instrument's strings, essentially doing piano preparation in real time. Critic Brian Olewnick describes the album as "A staggering achievement, one is tempted to call The Hands of Caravaggio the first great piano concerto of the 21st century."

Another notable recent recording of Tilbury's was Duos for Doris (like The Hands of Caravaggio also on Erstwhile Records), a collaboration with Keith Rowe. It is widely considered a landmark recording in the genre of electroacoustic improvisation (or "EAI").

In 2013 he collaborated with artist Armando Lulaj in FIEND performance at the National Theatre of Tirana (Albania)."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Tilbury)
8/16/2017

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