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Leahy, David / Philipp Wachsmann: Translated Space (FMR)

Drawing on double bassist David Leahy's "Musicians in Space" research and improvisation series, Leahy met up with free improvising violinist Philipp Wachsmann to record these twelve improvisations, collective conversation in a meeting of strings with influences from chamber and fully free approaches; tempered and detailed dialog of impressive virtuosity.
 

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UPC: 748079797475

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMRCD539-0519
Squidco Product Code: 27812

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: UK
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at Chipping Campden, in Gloucestershire, England, on June 5th, 2018.


Personnel:

David Leahy-double bass

Philipp Wachsmann-violin, composer

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Artist Biographies:

"David Leahy is a Kent (UK) based musician and dancer specialising in things improvised, from Free Improvisation in music to Contact Improvisation in dance.

In my past, I journeyed through Classical music, through celtic and world music to arrive at Jazz, before focusing my energy on music with less recognisable stylistic constraints. My relationship with dance began as a composer for choreographies, before becoming an accompanist and finally a dancer myself.

I now maintain a duel practice working in the UK and internationally as a soloist and performer (music, dance and combined) / accompanist / composer / conductor and facilitator.

I produce my own work as well as in collaboration with others. Notable ongoing relationships with individuals and institutions include ; London Improvisers Orchestra, Wuppertal Improvisers Orchestra, MbUSkers (Kent-based MbUS group), and Improvisers on the European free improvised music scene. Fevered Sleep (Theatre Company), London Contact Improvisers, Trinity Laban, Greenwich Dance Agency, Underscores in London, Slap, Tina Krasevec, Hagit Yakari, Daun Ensemble, Deirdre Starr, Geraldo Si, Benedict Taylor, Angeline Conaghan and Groundswell Arts.

I recently completed a Masters in Creative Practice at Trinity Laban, which focused on my movement practice. However, my final project centred around the translation of the Contact Improvisation framework, the Underscore developed by Nancy Stark Smith, so as to be suitable for improvising musicians (Music-based Underscore). This is now an ongoing practice with regular sessions in both Kent and London, which is also fuelling plans for further study into music as a somatic practice.

-DAFMusic (http://www.dafmusic.com/Aboutme.html)
12/10/2019

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"Philipp Wachsmann. Born Uganda, 1944; violin, viola and electronics.

In the CD booklet to Gushwachs, John Corbett notes that Phillip Wachsmann came to free improvisation from a predominantly classical background, particularly via the contemporary experiments of "indeterminacy, graphic and prose-based scores, conceptualism and electroacoustics, listening to Webern, Partch, Ives, Berio and Varèse, reading 'Die Reihe' and interrogating the rhythmic, harmonic and melodic preoccupations of Western art music. Starting in 1969, Wachsmann was a member of Yggdrasil, an ensemble performing works by Cage, Cardew, Feldman, Ashley and others and in this group he used contact mikes on the violin and made his own electronic instruments, ring modulators and routing devices. Ironically, his studies with Nadia Boulanger in Paris (1969-1970) pushed him hard in the direction of free music. He recalls: 'Despite her neoclassical orientation, her insistence that composition is about the imagination of performance and its realisation, the live moment, and her stunning ability to make this happen was a powerful influence on me, steering towards 'performance' and therefore 'improvisation'.'"

Wachsmann moved from Yggdrasil to Chamberpot - recorded on Bead 2 - and shortly thereafter appeared on Tony Oxley's influential February papers, forward looking in the virtual 'industrial' orientation of some of the tracks, years before this became an accepted genre; the two musicians have continued to work together, in various groupings but notably in the percussionist's Celebration Orchestra. Philipp Wachsmann has also performed and/or recorded with: Derek Bailey's Company, e.g. on the recording Epiphanies; Georg Graewe; Barry Guy; Iskra 1903; King Übü Orchestrü; London Jazz Composers' Orchestra; Evan Parker, particularly as part of the Evan Parker Electronic Project; Quintet Moderne; Fred Van Hove's ML DD 4; Rüdiger Carl's COWWS (now CPWWS) Quintet; and Lines, with Martin Blume, Jim Denley, Axel Dörner and Marcio Mattos. He also plays as a solo musician.

Phillip Wachsmann also administers Bead Records."

-EFI: European Free Improv (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/mwachs.html)
12/10/2019

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track listing:


1. Ebalab 4:23

2. Hidden Lode 4:55

3. Intrusions 4:21

4. Travel Through Time Zones 8:42

5. Tundra At Sunrise 5:38

6. Scilly Isles 2:27

7. Milford Sounds 6:37

8. Coriolis 2:00

9. Moor 4:42

10. Translated 4:29

11. Across Space 3:13

12. The Night Before 1:21
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descriptions, reviews, &c.
"ebalab
The sound of a stream flowing
Beyond perception

We play across space,
Paradoxically near and far,
surveying the changing landscapes we helped to create.

Drawing on pasts in remote islands from where we plot a course
towards an inevitable rendezvous, appreciated for what it is --
A refuge and a point of departure."


"The Musicians in Space research additionally explores the process of the free improviser within the context of a performance ecosystem, where it is recognised that the musicking act can not be separated from the time, space, the participants, and the environment in which it is being performed. This approach emphasizes the physical and social interconnectedness that lies at the heart of any improvisational process, while also recognising the inherent social and political implications associated with the performance of free improvised music.

The aim of this research is to exemplify an approach to free improvisation that stresses our relatedness to space and the inter-connected web of associations that bind us together both within and beyond the music. While at the same time, providing an innovative and engaging format for the performance of free improvised music, that will hopefully, prove to be accessible to the uninitiated listener."-David Leahy website

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
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Stringed Instruments
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