Using mostly unprocessed electric guitars, the duo of Elliott Sharp and Scott Fields' latest release presents eight dueling guitar works using dynamic, angular tones and textures, from extremely aggressive work to clean avant-jazz with twisted technical intent.
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Label: New Atlantis
Catalog ID: NA-CD-022 CD
Squidco Product Code: 20974
Recorded in Studio ZOAR, in New York City, NY in July, 2014 by Elliot Sharp.
Scott Fields-electric guitar
Elliot Sharp-electric guitar
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1. Bagsant 7:09
2. The Carrington Event 7:44
3. Pingo 9:01
4. Oinkment 4:17
5. Judas Goats 5:47
6. Denisova Stomp 9:45
7. Moinked 6:10
8. Transester 4:29
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"The latest offering from the vanguard guitar duo of Elliott Sharp and Scott Fields! Where previous outings for Clean Feed and NEOS found the duo wrangling complex timbres and tonalities from acoustic instruments, Akra Kampoj is a marked departure. Here, the guitarists coax a mystifying range of dynamic, angular tones and textures from largely unprocessed electric guitars.
These massively influential, pioneering avant-guitar virtuosos ably blur the lines between free improvisation and new music composition. Sharp and Fields conjure sympathetically an unparalleled range of transcendental squall, pantonal skronk, and blissful harmonic abstractions, in equal measure. Compositional duties are divided roughly evenly between the pair. The skillfully crafted frameworks imbue a sense of kinetic motion and order to the improvisations, balanced by the entropic, technical abundance displayed by both guitarists.
Recorded by Elliott Sharp in his NYC-based Studio ZOAR, Akra Kampoj boasts unhinged, blistering guitar work, executed with expert precision by massively influential, longtime veterans of the avant-garde underground."-New Atlantis
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"Scott Fields (born September 30, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois) is a guitarist, composer, and bandleader. He is best known for his attempts to blend music that is composed and music that is written and for his modular pieces (see 48 Motives, 96 Gestures and "OZZO"). He works primarily in avant-garde jazz, experimental music, and contemporary classical music.
Fields was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He started as a self-taught rock musician but soon was influenced by the musicians of the Association for the Advancement for Creative Musicians (AACM), which was active in the Hyde Park neighborhood in which he grew up. Later he studied classical guitar, jazz guitar, music composition, and music theory. In 1973 Fields co-founded the avant-garde jazz trio Life Rhythms. When the group disbanded two years later, he played sporadically but soon was institutionalized for an extended period. He almost quit music until 1989.
Since then he has performed and composed actively. His ensembles and partnerships have included such musicians as Marilyn Crispell, Hamid Drake, John Hollenbeck, Joseph Jarman, Myra Melford, Jeff Parker, and Elliott Sharp."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Fields)
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