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     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
April 9, 2021

"I think that's really the interesting challenge of the group:
Maintaining the compositional structures
While at the same time throwing them out the window."
—Dave Rempis

   Creative Artists

• AMM (Tilbury / Prevost)
• Mike Cooper/Duck Baker
• Coultrain
• Rhodri Davies
• Fred Frith/Ikue Mori
• Donald McKenzie II Sturge Anthony (feat. Elliott Sharp, Bill Laswell and Vernon Reid)
• Evan Parker ElectroAcoustic Ensemble (w/ Sainkho Namtchylak)
• Rachel Musson/Pat Thomas/Mark Sanders
• The Rempis Percussion Quartet (w/ Haker Flaten/Daisy/Rosaly)
• Damon Smith/Peter Kowald/Joëlle Léandre/Bertram Turetzky
• Natsuki Tamura/Satoko Fujii
• James Tenney (Ensemble Open Music Gera)
• Dave Tucker/Pat Thomas/Thurston Moore/Mark Sanders
• Walk My Way Volume 4 (curated by Nick Vander)

Squid BubbleWebs  Essential Labels

Amgen Records
Balance Point Acoustics
Edition Wandelweiser Records

Positive Elevation/577 Records


   Jazz & Improvisation

AMM (Tilbury / Prevost): Industria

The title Indústria was chosen by Eddie Prevost in tribute to the history behind the Museu Industrial de Bala do Tejo, in Portugal where this concert took place by the legendary free improvisation band AMM, represented here as the duo of percussionist Eddie Prévost and pianist John Tilbury, performing as part of the 2015 OUT.FEST - Festival Internacional de Musica Exploratoria do Barreiro.
Squidco Pick

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Cooper, Mike / Duck Baker : Cumino In Mia Cucina

Having been acquainted with each other for decades but never finding the opportunity to record, improvising American guitarist Duck Baker and British guitarist Mike Cooper finally found their chance in 2010 while both were in Rome, taking two acoustic nylon Spanish guitars into the studio to record these three extended, intertwining improvisations.
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Davies, Rhodri: An Air Swept Clean of All Distance
(Amgen Records)

First release on the Alt.Vinyl label in 2014, this album finds harpist Rhodri Davies performing on the same instrument as his prior album Wound Response, but here with no amplification, preparations or distortion, improvising through "tumbling phrases, arpeggios and articulate rhythms", in a compelling album of assertive and joyful playing.
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Davies, Rhodri: Wound Response
(Amgen Records)

First released in 2012 on the Alt.Vinyl label and now reissued on his own Amgen label, Rhodri Davies performs solo in Newcastle upon Tyne on lap harp and electronics, using two main techniques: over-articulation of the strings (what harpists are taught not to do) and attacking the strings with a plectrum, forcing the tuning into new relationships until the strings eventually break.
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Frith, Fred / Ikue Mori: A Mountain Doesn't Know it's Tall

Having worked together for 40 years starting in the 80's in the Downtown NY scene, guitarist Fred Frith and electronic artist Ikue Mori recorded this album in Germany, using studio time left after recording the music for a radio play by Werner Penzel, using that work as an influence for these exceptional improvisations on home made instruments, toys and electronics.
Squidco Pick

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McKenzie II, Donald Sturge Anthony (feat. Elliott Sharp, Bill Laswell and Vernon Reid): Silenced II - Views from the Auction Block

Drummer Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II trades off duos with a set of masterful musicians in the second volume of his "Silenced" project, here with guitarist Elliott Sharp for a complex and inspired dialog; with bassist Bill Laswell for a rich and moody soundscape; and with guitarist Vernon Reid in a piece for McKenzie's daughter; plus one solo drum piece.
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McKenzie II, Donald Sturge Anthony (feat. Nels Cline / Melvin Gibbs / Vernon Reid): Silenced

A six track album from drummer Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II written about the abuse of force from those charged to protect us, in a series of duos with amazing performances from guitarist Nels Cline, saxophonist Arnold Lee, bassist Melvin Gibbs, bassist Dave Hofstra, guitarist Vernon Reid, and drummer/keyboardist CX KIDTRONIX; disturbing and important work.
Squidco Pick

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Parker, Evan ElectroAcoustic Ensemble (w/ Sainkho Namtchylak): Fixing the Fluctuating Idea

Evan Parker's Electroacoustic Ensemble, merging reeds, strings and percussion with live signal processing to create something indescribably transformative is further amplified with the addition of free improvising vocalist and Tuvan throat singer Sainkho Namtchylak, adding an unearthly layer of interaction and transmogrification to this incredible 1996 FIMAV performance.
Squidco Pick

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Rachel Musson / Pat Thomas / Mark Sanders: Shifa - Live at Cafe Oto

"Shifa", or "Healing", is the London-based trio of saxophonist Rachel Musson, pianist Pat Thomas, and drummer Mark Sanders, here in a live concert at Cafe Oto in 2018 of two collective improvisations of arching sax lines, rolling and potent drumming, powerful block chords and intricate lines, from dark to joyful moments, an intoxicating tonic for the ears.
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Rempis Percussion Quartet, The (w/ Haker Flaten / Daisy / Rosaly): Sud Des Alpes

The 10th album from The Rempis Percussion Quartet, the dual-drumming free improvising collective quartet of Dave Rempis on alto & tenor saxophones, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Tim Daisy & Frank Rosaly on drums, celebrating their 15th anniversary as a working band through this exhilarating concert captured during their 2019 European Tour at AMR in Geneva, Switzerland.
Squidco Pick

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Smith, Damon / Peter Kowald / Joelle Leandre / Bertram Turetzky : Bass Duos 2000-2007 [3 CDs + 3 Postcards]
(Balance Point Acoustics)

Three CDs, each dedicated to a mix of concert and studio recordings of double bass duos, the first between Damon Smith and Peter Kowald in 2000 at Gallery 2310, in Oakland, CA; the 2nd between Smith and Joëlle Léandre in 2002, which was recorded by Henry Kaiser; and between Smith and Bertram Turetzky at 1510 8th St. Performance Space, in Oakland, CA in 2007.
Squidco Pick

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Tamura, Natsuki / Satoko Fujii: Keshin

An album of duets between trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and pianist Satoko Fujii, the husband & wife core of Libra Records, recorded as a DIY effort during the 2020 pandemic in their own home recording space and mixed by themselves, a diverse album of intimate and impressive improvisations that find the two in uniquely deep and expressively concentrative conversations.
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Tucker, Dave / Pat Thomas / Thurston Moore / Mark Sanders: Educated Guess Vol. 1

The "guess" was guitarist and electronics artist Dave Tucker's educated guess that these four musicians--himself, pianist/keyboardist Pat Thomas, guitarist Thurston Moore and drummer/percussionist Mark Sanders--would create someting extraordinary if he brought them together for a concert at London's Cafe OTO, this boundary-pushing album the indisputably successful result.
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Tucker, Dave / Pat Thomas / Thurston Moore / Mark Sanders: Educated Guess Vol. 1 [VINYL]

Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
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Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander): Walk My Way, Volume Four

The fourth of a five volume compilation series curated by Nick Vander, a testament to the incredible musical range of the guitar and the imaginative possibility of guitarists around the world, with tracks from Janet Feder, Martin Vishnick, Ikbal Lubys, Edward J. Gibbs, Joshua Weitzel, Guram Machavari, Eric Wong, Garth Erasmus, and Bill Horist.
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Coultrain: Phantasmagoria
(Positive Elevation/577 Records)

West Coast songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Coultrain, aka Aaron Michael Frison or Seymour Liberty, in an collection of songs based around a sequence of images reminiscent of a dream, capturing the hazy state of mind that drove the process behind this album, as well as its dreamy effect; soulful and introspective, an album of poetic observation and reflection.
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Coultrain: Phantasmagoria [VINYL]
(Positive Elevation/577 Records)

Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
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Tenney, James (Ensemble Open Music Gera): Acoustic Phenomena / Hymnic Sounds
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Recording in Altes Wannenbad Gera, in Gera, Germany, an ensemble of performers associated with Ensemble Open Music Gera and Ensemble Zeitkratzer perform James Tenney's work exploring concepts of tuning systems, sound/noise, consonance/dissonance, sound/silence, and organisation of time, in three pieces that use a climax-oriented form Tenney refers to as "swell pieces".
Squidco Pick

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God Made My Soul an Ornament
(Balance Point Acoustics)

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L'insistance Des Possibles
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Of Quietude

(Bolt / Umlaut)

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Whole Abandoned Star
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Das Gekochte
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

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(Self Released)

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Beyond The Traceries
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