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Chamber Rock


 
Vicens, Gabriel: Mural
Vicens, Gabriel:
Mural

(Stradavarius -- Italy )


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Reflecting on the slow decay of Roman and Egyptian murals, New York City-based, Puerto Rican-born composer, guitarist, visual artist and No Base Trio member, Gabriel Vicéns, presents a collection of chamber works including two piano trios, a wind quintet performed by Nu Quintet, cello & violin and violin & piano duos, a solo piano work, and a sextet conducted by David Bloom.

Baldini, Marco: Maniera
Baldini, Marco:
Maniera

(Another Timbre -- UK )


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Seven works from Italian composer Marco Baldini, a follow-up to his well-received 2023 album Vesperi, this album introducing a variety of recent chamber works for strings from trios to quintets, performed by members of London's Apartment House ensemble, with the pieces "Selva", "Plutone" and "Otto" written specifically for Apartment House.

Epstein, Nomi: Shades
Epstein, Nomi:
Shades

(Another Timbre -- UK )


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Influenced by New York School composers, Fluxus, Oliveros Sonic Meditations, and Wandelweiser, Boston-based composer Nomi Epstein's fascinating scores take unique and experimental approaches to composition, heard here in three chamber works, two recorded by London's Apartment House, and a live recording from a 2019 concert in Berlin, "sounds for Berlin".

Pilchen, Danya : Two Songs. Anne, Germaine, Koen, Seamus, Danya
Pilchen, Danya :
Two Songs. Anne, Germaine, Koen, Seamus, Danya

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )


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Two "songs" from a series of works by Netherlands composer and pianist Danya Pilchen, exploring the possibilities of making and experiencing time through attentive listening, these works focused on creating a dialogue between two measures of time, performed with Anne La Berge on flute, Germaine Sijstermans on clarinet, Seamus Cater on harmonica and Koen Nutters on double bass.

Durrant, Phil / Daniel Thompson: Live / Studio <i>[Used Item]</i>
Durrant, Phil / Daniel Thompson:
Live / Studio [Used Item]

(Bead -- UK )


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The improvising string duo of stalwart London improvisers, Daniel Thompson on acoustic guitar and Phil Durrant on the octave mandola, are heard in two settings of texturally rich, intricate interactions, first at Cafe OTO in 2022 for an extended improvisation, then at Cable Street Studios two months later for six succint, impressively diverse dialogs.

Zubot, Josh Strings: Strings <i>[Used Item]</i>
Zubot, Josh Strings:
Strings [Used Item]

(Drip Audio -- Canada )


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The debut of Vancouver & Montreal violinist Joshua Zubot's string ensemble with fellow violinists Jesse Zubot & Meredith Bates, cellist Peggy Lee and acoustic bassist James Meger, performing ten Zubot compositions informed by his involvement in diverse musical styles, each allowing room for improvisation as he takes the string ensemble into unique and unorthodox territory.

Eclectic Maybe Band: Bars Without Measures
Eclectic Maybe Band:
Bars Without Measures

(Discus -- UK )


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Creating structured works from real time improvisations, Guy Seger's (Univers Zero) large ensemble of absolutely impressive players breaks down to smaller grouping to record the layers of each piece, which Seger then uses as raw material for each finished piece, as elements of rock, jazz, composed, and experimental forms merge into accomplished and engaging compositions.

Zubot, Josh Strings: Strings
Zubot, Josh Strings:
Strings

(Drip Audio -- Canada )


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The debut of Vancouver & Montreal violinist Joshua Zubot's string ensemble with fellow violinists Jesse Zubot & Meredith Bates, cellist Peggy Lee and acoustic bassist James Meger, performing ten Zubot compositions informed by his involvement in diverse musical styles, each allowing room for improvisation as he takes the string ensemble into unique and unorthodox territory.

Frey, Jurg / Apartment House: String Trio
Frey, Jurg / Apartment House:
String Trio

(Another Timbre -- UK )


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Reworking a piece for string trio originally commissioned by the Concertgebouw Brugge and premiered by the Goeyvaerts Trio as part of the 2019 SLOW Festival, this new version expands on the original composition to bring elegant calmness and clarity to the work, performed by UK's Apartment House members Mira Benjamin on violin, Bridget Carey on viola and Anton Lukoszevieze on cello.

Pateras, Anthony: A Dread of Voids
Pateras, Anthony:
A Dread of Voids

(Another Timbre -- UK )


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Two works written for a group of Australian performers living in Berlin--Jon Heilbron, Rebecca Lane, Jess Aszodi & Sam Dunscombe--by Australian composer and pianist Anthony Pateras, A Dread Of Voids developed for a residency at the Archipel Festival in Geneva after enduring a pandemic quarantine; and Patterned Language, composed for the Astra Chamber Music Society.

Cooper, Jack (feat. Alexander Hawkins & members of Apartment House: Arrival [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
Cooper, Jack (feat. Alexander Hawkins & members of Apartment House:
Arrival [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


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A delicate work of experimental chamber music from UK composer Jack Oliver Cooper (Modern Nature) performed by pianist Alexander Hawkins, cellist Anton Lukoszevieze and clarinetist Heather Roche, Arrival is delineated into twelve dovetailed parts that explore minimalism, patience and restraint; thoughtful music that rewards in close contemplation.

Granberg, Magnus: Evening Star, Vesper Bell
Granberg, Magnus:
Evening Star, Vesper Bell

(Another Timbre -- UK )


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Written for and performed by the UK ensemble Apartment House, composer & performer Magnus Granberg's latest work reduces his working size from the larger Skogen ensemble to this sextet, opening new possibilities for composed structures that incorporate improvisation, in a work structured around components from Schubert's Abendbilder and So in Love by Cole Porter.

Baldini, Marco : Vesperi
Baldini, Marco :
Vesperi

(Another Timbre -- UK )


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Influenced by the seemingly contradictory sources of 16th century Italian composers and their polyphonic compositions, Eliane Radigue, and North Indian classical, Italian composer Marco Baldini's beautifully dark works employ a slow, rarefied pace and subdued dynamics with a fascination for pianissimo playing, heard in eight chamber compositions for low strings and marimba.

Graewe / Lonberg Holm / Gratkowski: Trilinear Polarity
Graewe / Lonberg Holm / Gratkowski:
Trilinear Polarity

(Fundacja Sluchaj! -- Poland )


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In 2004 legendary European Free Jazz pianist Georg Graewe and German multi-reedist Frank Gratkowski met with Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm on the stage at LOFT in Cologne, Germany to perform these six collective improvisations with an innate chamber jazz feeling, particularly the four part "Trilinear Polarity"; a spectacular set available for the first time.

Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Parrinha / Goncalves / Santos: Quelque chose prie la patience des nuages
Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Parrinha / Goncalves / Santos:
Quelque chose prie la patience des nuages

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


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Translating loosely to "Something begs the patience of the clouds", the collaborative electroacoustic quintet of Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, Bruno Parrinha on bass clarinet, Luisa Goncalves on piano and Carlos Santos on electronics present two extended improvisations of tension, masterfully adept technical skill and intensively close listening.

Hellgren, My / Peter Soderberg: Plucked and Bowed
Hellgren, My / Peter Soderberg:
Plucked and Bowed

(FRIM Records -- Sweden )


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The literal album title belies the subtle interplay between Swedish improvisers, cellist My Hellgren and Peter Söderberg, the latter known for his work on classical lute but here on guitar, oud and theorbo (a long-necked lute that adds additional bass notes), recording an extended, warmly beautiful and intricate acoustic dialog of gentle tension and masterful skill.

Eclectic Maybe Band: Again Alors?
Eclectic Maybe Band:
Again Alors?

(Discus -- UK )


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Led by Univers Zero bassist and composer Guy Seger, the third album from Eclectic Maybe Band combines elements of rock, jazz, electronic and abstract landscapes, performed by an ensemble of chamber rock players including Discus label leader Martin Archer, varying groupings within the band focusing on each section in a mix of composed and improvised approaches.

Schindler, Udo / Etienne Rolin / Luc Laine: In Search Of Surprise
Schindler, Udo / Etienne Rolin / Luc Laine:
In Search Of Surprise

(FMR -- UK )


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Unique voicing through the orchestration of saxophones, basset horn, glissotar (a modern continuous pitch wind instrument) and vibraphone, heard in this recording at the international artist house Villa Waldberta, in Feldafing-Munich, Germany, for seven recordings that blend free jazz forms with chamber jazz approaches with remarkable sophistication and composure.

Schwerdt, Oliver: Storming Bauhaus [2 CDs]
Schwerdt, Oliver:
Storming Bauhaus [2 CDs]

(Euphorium -- Germany )


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Eschewing his many monikers (Birg Borgenthal, Elan Pauer and Ra Ra da Boff) pianist Oliver Schwerdt steps away from EUPHORIUM_freakestra, uses his given name, and takes the stage of the Bauhaus building in Dessau where such legends as Fred van Hove and Alexander von Schlippenbach have played, to record these four exemplary and extended, kinetic & free solo piano improvisations.

Stop Motion Orchestra: Lightworks
Stop Motion Orchestra:
Lightworks

(Megaphone / Knock 'Em Dead -- USA )


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Fitting squarely in the Rock In Opposition mold, Stop Motion Orchestra is an Austin, Texas-based instrumental chamber rock band orchestrated with sax, violin, guitar, synth-bass, drums, here in their second album bringing a bright and melodic force that reminds of Hamster Theatre, Debile Menthol or L'Ensemble Raye; sophisticated, charming and knowledgeable music.

Henry Cow: Vol. 9: Late
Henry Cow:
Vol. 9: Late

(Recommended Records -- UK )


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Part of the Henry Cow boxset, now available for individual purchase, compiled from live recordings, radio transcription, or early recordings, remastered and presented to give a complete look at the history of Henry Cow.

Kay, Martin: Courtyards
Kay, Martin:
Courtyards

(Herbal International -- Malaysia )


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Sound artist Martin Kay focuses on the intimate and visceral symphony of domestic activity reverberating throughout a variety of shared courtyard spaces in Paris, using field recordings from various locations to examine their distinct acoustic characteristics.

Saint Dirt Elementary School: Abandoned Ballroom
Saint Dirt Elementary School:
Abandoned Ballroom

(Barnyard -- Canada )


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The chamber rock 8 piece Saint Dirt Elementary School ensemble in their second release on Barnyard, superb sophisticated compositions reminiscent of L'Ensemble Raye or Conventum.

Maclean, Steve: GPS
Maclean, Steve:
GPS

(Recommended Records -- USA )


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Steve MacLean's 5-piece ensemble perform complex, composed polyrhythmic pieces interspersed with atmospheric improvisations for guitar, bass, keyboard, percussion and various objects.

Afterfall (Lopes / Giardullo / Miguel / Duboc / Sorgen): Afterfall
Afterfall (Lopes / Giardullo / Miguel / Duboc / Sorgen):
Afterfall

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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Luis Lopes put together this international group including Sei Miguel, Joe Giardullo & Benjamin Duboc for gigs in Portugal, which worked so well that they went to the studio for this impressive release.

Fond of Tigers: Continent & Western
Fond of Tigers:
Continent & Western

(Drip Audio -- Canada )


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Fond of Tigers with guests Mats Gustafsson and Sandro Perri in their unique blend of avant- and post-rock structures, amazing improvised and complex rock from one of Vancouver's finest.

Fabbriciani, Roberto / Robin Hayward: nella basilica
Fabbriciani, Roberto / Robin Hayward:
nella basilica

(Another Timbre -- UK )


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Luigi Nono associate Roberto Fabbriciani on hyperbass flute improvising with Berlin-based tuba player Robin Hayward at the Basilica di San Domenico in the Tuscan hilltown of Arezzo.

Cosa Brava w/ Fred Frith: Ragged Atlas
Cosa Brava w/ Fred Frith:
Ragged Atlas

(Intakt -- Switzerland )


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Fred Frith's West Coast Cosa Brava with Carla Kihlstedt, Zeena Parkins, and Matthias Bossi playing all Frith compositions driven by his love of the (improvised) rock format.

Frith, Fred: Impur II
Frith, Fred:
Impur II

(ReR/ Fred Records -- Great Britain )


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The 2nd part of a composition commissioned by L'Ecole Nationale de Musique de Villeurbanne as a 2 year residency and performed by a large group conducted by Frith.

Blast 4tet: Sift
Blast 4tet:
Sift

(Recommended Records -- Great Britain )


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Blast's 2nd release on the ReR label, compositional rock that incorporates complex compositions with improvisation sections in seamless and breathtaking ways.

Dixon Orchestra, Bill: 17 Musicians In Search of a Sound: Darfur
Dixon Orchestra, Bill:
17 Musicians In Search of a Sound: Darfur

(Aum Fidelity -- USA )


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Legendary trumpeter, composer and educator Bill Dixon in a 17 piece orchestra playing original compositions live at the 12th Vision Festival in New York City.

Fond of Tigers: Release The Saviours
Fond of Tigers:
Release The Saviours

(Drip Audio -- Canada )


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Since 2003 this Vancouver septet has merged jazz, improv, electro-acoustic, and progressive/avant musics into an exhilarating ordered chaos of highly listenable music.

Fabbro, Guido Del : Agregats
Fabbro, Guido Del :
Agregats

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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Violinist Del Fabbro (Fanfare Pourpour, Rouge Ciel) present 13 pieces for up to ten players with Jean Derome, Pierre Tanguay in a melting pot of avant-rock & compositional forms.

Kayo Dot: Choirs Of The Eye
Kayo Dot:
Choirs Of The Eye

(Tzadik -- USA )


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Science Group, The: Spoors
Science Group, The:
Spoors

(Recommended Records -- Great Britain )


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Blast: Altrastrata
Blast:
Altrastrata

(Recommended Records -- Great Britain )


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Henry Cow: Western Culture
Henry Cow:
Western Culture

(Recommended Records -- Great Britain )


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Science Group, The (Cutler > Tickmayer > Drake): ...A Mere Coincidence...
Science Group, The (Cutler > Tickmayer > Drake):
...A Mere Coincidence...

(Recommended Records -- Great Britain )


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Best Sellers in This Category:

Graewe / Lonberg Holm / Gratkowski: Trilinear Polarity

Schwerdt, Oliver: Storming Bauhaus [2 CDs]

Schindler, Udo / Etienne Rolin / Luc Laine: In Search Of Surprise

Pateras, Anthony: A Dread of Voids

Eclectic Maybe Band: Bars Without Measures

Eclectic Maybe Band: Again Alors?

Frey, Jurg / Apartment House: String Trio

Zubot, Josh Strings: Strings

Baldini, Marco: Maniera

Hellgren, My / Peter Soderberg: Plucked and Bowed

Pilchen, Danya : Two Songs. Anne, Germaine, Koen, Seamus, Danya

Fond of Tigers: Release The Saviours

Epstein, Nomi: Shades

Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Parrinha / Goncalves / Santos: Quelque chose prie la patience des nuages

Vicens, Gabriel: Mural

Saint Dirt Elementary School: Abandoned Ballroom

Fabbro, Guido Del : Agregats

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