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Rich string work from Adriana Sa on zither & electronics, To Trips on resonator guitar, and John Klima on electric bass, following graphical scores and using electronics sparingly, in an album that is extremely focused while seeming to ramble in gorgeous ways.

Sa, Adriana / To Trips / John Klima

Sa, Adriana  / To Trips / John Klima: Timespine (Shhpuma)

Label: Shhpuma    
Released in: Portugal    

"This music does not fit under the umbrella of any musical genre. It would be a folk song if folk was a stream of consciousness. Add to that certain connotations of contemporary classical formats, and then subtract the mathematics, while also injecting a certain loose balance so characteristic of free improvised music.

Yet again it's just a distant impression, because they use graphical scores. This idiomatic singularity results from the gathering of musicians with different languages. Adriana Sa comes from experimental music and visual arts, having created and performed with custom instruments combining acoustic elements, software and sensor technologies. To Trips is a blues inspired guitarist, the co-founder of the unique and puzzling country-fado-jazz-rock band Dead Combo; and John Klima was a member of the pop group who became The Presidents of the United States of America, many years before their MTV days.

String instruments are at the core of Timespine - a zither, a dobro,and a bass guitar. There are also occasional live sampling and percussion elements. But they service the flow of combining strummed, plucked, percussed, and bowed strings, all tuned unconventionally, at some moments acting like inconsistent drops of rain and at others suggesting the resultant turbulence of three rivers meeting. The river-meeting-music flows soft and slow, and abstract and in a non-linear way, becoming hypnotic and suspending time.

This is a music without metrics, and without a clock - only human biological tempos are followed. The end result is a music that simply sounds great, as if Morton Feldman had a Portuguese guitar rather than a piano as the basis of his creativity."-Shhpuma

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Product Information:

UPC: 5609063800081

Label: Shhpuma
Catalog ID: SHH008
Squidco Product Code: 20398

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard sleeve with insert
Recorded at Namouche Studios, Lisbon, January 24th, 2013 by Joaquim Monte.


Adriana Sa-zither, electronics

To Trips-resonator guitar, percussion

John Klima-electric bass

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Track Listing:

1. Interlace / Detail 11:46

2. Hold Breath 2:04

3. Clocking Blues 5:34

4. Sustained Variations / Continuity 9:10

5. Blistering Cowboy / Excite 11:11

6. Renee and the Cartesians / Hungarian Folk 6:47

7. Swimming 6:36