Two extended and unusual improvisations between Australian saxophonist Jim Denley and Dutch pianist Cor Fuhler, developed over 7 weeks and recorded in the studio in 2013, using imaginative preparations and inventions to create fascinating new sounds and structures.
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Recorded at Conundrum Studios in Wahroonga, Australia, on December 12th and 17th, 2013.
Jim Denley-acoustic alto saxophone, preparations
Cor Fuhler-acostic piano, preparations
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1. Skive 19:37
1. Wag 17:42
lowercase, micro-improv, sound improv
Australian Improvisers, Composers and Experimenters
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"Jim Denley and Dutch musician Cor Fuhler first met at the Taklos Festival in Switzerland in the early 1990s and Cor's frequent visits to Australia over the years gave them the opportunity to occasionally play. In 2012 Cor moved to Sydney, allowing them to ramp up the duo - this is their first release together.
Over 7 weeks at the end of 2013 they recorded weekly in Cor's backyard studio, eventually choosing take 9 and 12, titling them Skive and Wag.
Their imaginative preparations and inventions mean that listeners will find it hard to believe they are playing saxophone and piano, and at times, be unable to distinguish between the two players. They don't accept clichés about instrumental notions and fashionable schools (new and old).
But Truancy isn't just about opting out, rather, time away from institutions has been devoted to generating new sounds and structures."-splitrec
"It's a great record in which we recognise the acoustic alto saxophone by Denley and the acoustic piano of Fuhler... In the early bit of 'Wag' it sounds like they use electronics to generate a mild wall of feedback... It's hard to believe that it's just these two instruments. Of the two pieces 'Wag' is the more intense... Even when it paces down it still has that menacing quality of a noise piece. 'Skive' is perhaps quieter and subdued, but here too Denley plays some shrieking notes.... But 'Skive' has more air, more space to breath and both of these pieces, although different, complement each other very well, and offer a truly rich album of improvised music."-Frans De Waard, vital WeeklyAlso available on CD.
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"Jim Denley was born in Bulli, Australia in January 1957. Wind instruments and electronics are core elements of his musical output.
An emphasis on spontaneity, site-specific work and collaboration has been central to his work. He sees no clear distinctions between his roles as instrumentalist, improviser and composer.
Collaborations, his radio feature for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, won the Prix Italia in 1989. His interest in radio has continued with the ABC over 17 years. In May 2006 he recorded a program for the ABC in the Budawang Mountains, south-west of Sydney, which has now been made into a CD, Through Fire, Crevice and the Hidden Valley. This received an Honorary Mention in the Digital Musics category of the Prix Ars Electronica 2008. He has been to the Budawangs again to record a new program for the ABC, Co-existence. The ABC will enter the 2006 recordings in Prix Italia 2009.
In 1990 he was a member of Derek Bailey's Company for a week of concerts in London. He co-founded the electroacoustic text/music group Machine for Making Sense.
In 2006 and 2007 he received a Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts to research and develop his concept of Meta instrument. As part of this he formed the group Metalog - they toured Australia July 2008.
He has played throughout Australia, Europe, Japan and the US with artists such as Chris Abrahams, Clare Cooper, Keith Rowe, Joel Stern, Robbie Avenaim, Jon Rose, John Butcher, Otomo Yoshide, Fred Frith, Phil Niblock, Trey Spruance, Clayton Thomas, Tess de Quincy, Axel Doerner, Adam Sussman, Ami Yoshida, Oren Ambarchi, Tony Buck, Ikue Mori, Satchiko M, Malcolm Goldstein and Annette Krebs."-Australian Music Centre (http://www.australianmusiccentre.com.au/artist/denley-jim)
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