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Altenburger / Blondy / Gauguet: vers l'ile paresseuse
Altenburger / Blondy / Gauguet:
vers l'ile paresseuse

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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Incredible understated improvisation from the trio of cellist Martine Altenburger, pianist Frederic Blondy,and saxophonist Bertrand Gauguet, exceptional journeys from three accomplished players.

Bleak House: Dark Poetry
Bleak House:
Dark Poetry

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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The Norwegian free-improvising trio of prepared pianist Dag-Filip Roaldsnes, alto saxophonist Kim-Erik Pedersen, and percussionist Tore Sandbakken in 14 darkly graceful and succinct works.

Charbin / Van Isacker: kryscraft
Charbin / Van Isacker:
kryscraft

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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Tense and subtle improvisation from the Belgian duo of pianist Marjolaine Charbin playing inside and out of the piano and alto saxophonist Frans van Isacker using microtonal and extended approaches with the sax.

Dahl, Anders & Skogen: Rows
Dahl, Anders & Skogen:
Rows

(Another Timbre -- UK )



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Sweden's Skogen returns with a beautiful work for chamber ensemble with Magnus Granberg, Angharad Davies, Toshimaru Nakamura, Ko Ishikawa, Anna Lindal, Henrik Olsson, Petter wastberg and Erik Carlsson, interpreting a piece by Anders Dahl using a 12 tone system.

Davies, Angharad / Axel Dorner: A.D.
Davies, Angharad / Axel Dorner:
A.D.

(Another Timbre -- UK )



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Incredible, understated improvisation from two masters of the form - Axel Dorner on trumpet and Angharad Davies on violin - in three commanding tracks of atmospheric momentum.

Dorner / Rodrigues / Guerreiro / Momeme: Fabula
Dorner / Rodrigues / Guerreiro / Momeme:
Fabula

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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A live recording from Portugal's Cine-Theatre Curvo-Semedo of the minimal ea-improv quartet of trumpeter Axel Dorner, violist Ernesto Rodrigues, prepared electric guitarist Abdul Moimeme, and Ricardo Guerreiro on computer.

Filip, Klaus / Dafne Vicente-Sandoval: Remoto
Filip, Klaus / Dafne Vicente-Sandoval:
Remoto

(Potlatch -- France )



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The minimalist duo of Klaus Fili performing on sinus-waves and Dafne Vicente-Sandoval on bassoon, performed deconstructively and amplified with miniature microphones, in two extended recordings of introspective and austere dialog.

Forsyth, Chris / Wooley, Nate: The Duchess of Oysterville
Forsyth, Chris / Wooley, Nate:
The Duchess of Oysterville

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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Frey, Jurg / Radu Malfatti: II
Frey, Jurg / Radu Malfatti:
II

(erstwhile -- USA )



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Two works, one each from trombonist Radu Malfatti and clarinetist Jurg Frey, also credited with "instruments", field recordings and couterpoints; electroacoustic reductionist work of beautiful character that unfolds slowly and rewards attentive listeners in morphing sound.

 
Halliwell, Graham:
Recorded Delivery

(Confront -- Great Britain )



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Saxophonist Halliwell appears here in three duo performances with Rhodri Davies playing E-bowed harp; Steve Roden with extracts from his "resonantlighttones"; and Mark Wastell on tam-tam.

International Nothing, The (Fagaschinski / Thieke): Less Action, Less Excitement, Less Everything
International Nothing, The (Fagaschinski / Thieke):
Less Action, Less Excitement, Less Everything

(Ftarri -- Japan )



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Masters of tonality, in their 2nd release the dual clarinets of Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke are heard without any guest musicians, making a rich, gorgeous album of tense timbres.

International Nothing, The: Mainstream
International Nothing, The:
Mainstream

(Ftarri -- Japan )



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Kuchen / Rowe / Wright: Kuchen / Rowe / Wright
Kuchen / Rowe / Wright:
Kuchen / Rowe / Wright

(Another Timbre -- UK )



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The dual alto saxophones of Martin Kuchen and Seymour Wright meet guitarist Keith Rowe for an impressive journey of free improvisation with Rowe taking the lead.

Kwang, Goh Lee: New Ear [2 CDs]
Kwang, Goh Lee:
New Ear [2 CDs]

(Herbal International -- Malaysia )



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Two extended works from Herbal International label leader Goh Lee Kwang: the two part "Vurnmmkied" the first of static sonic environments that slowly morph, while the second varies with a mix of subtle and harsh sound; "3753" contrasts with gentler, slower territory.

Loriot / Vincent: Bobun: Suite pour Machines a meche
Loriot / Vincent:
Bobun: Suite pour Machines a meche

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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The string duo Bobun celebrates ten years of creative collaboration with this six piece suite, a studio recording of diverse improvisations that runs the gamut from lowercase minimalism to dense and technically exuberant interaction.

Murayama, Seijiro: Broken Iteration [2 CDs]
Murayama, Seijiro:
Broken Iteration [2 CDs]

(Herbal International -- Malaysia )



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A 2-CD release from Japanese percussionist Seijiro Murayama, performing solo on "objects" which combines clearly percussive objects and other electroacoustic items of obscure origin, creating active, rich and curious sonic environments that envelop the listener.

Oliver, Cody: Microclimate
Oliver, Cody:
Microclimate

(House Leek Audio -- Canada )



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Pisaro, Michael : Melody, Silence (For Solo Guitar)
Pisaro, Michael :
Melody, Silence (For Solo Guitar)

(Potlatch -- France )



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A collection of materials for solo guitarist, written by Michael Pisaro-Liu and here performed by Christian Alvear, presenting the performer with up to 12 fragments which can be played in any order and which allow for various transformations, cuts, extensions and silences.

Rodrigues / Davidson / Rodrigues / Faustino: Fower
Rodrigues / Davidson / Rodrigues / Faustino:
Fower

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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Three tracks of acoustic improv from an understated string quartet that uses extended techniques and the whole of their instruments to make unusual and rewarding music.

Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Goncalves /...: suspensao [2 CDs]
Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Goncalves /...:
suspensao [2 CDs]

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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A large group under the direction of violinist Ernesto Rodrigues (also on harp, metronome & objects) in 4 extended improvisations of great suspense and tension through sound and silence.

 
Scotch Of St James, The:
Live at Amplify 2004

(Confront -- Great Britain )



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Tim Barnes on snare drum and amplification and Mark Wastell on amplified textures, tuned metal, making small, mostly unidentifiable sounds with a Cage-style open flair.

Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell): and we disappear
Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell):
and we disappear

(Another Timbre -- UK )



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For a decade this trio has created some of the most interesting electroacoustic improvisation, captured in a 38 minute performance at the Ear We Are Festival in Biel, Switzerland, 2007.

Tierce #2: Caisson
Tierce #2:
Caisson

(Another Timbre -- UK )



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A 2nd outing for this electronics-based trio using field recordings, zithers, turntables, amplified knitting machine, &c.; a 60 minute improvisation recorded in concert in Hull in November 2010.

Ulher, Birgit / Leonel Kaplan: Stereo Trumpet
Ulher, Birgit / Leonel Kaplan:
Stereo Trumpet

(Relative Pitch -- USA )



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Recordings of two German trumpeters--Birgit Uhler and Leonel Kaplan--both using extended techniques and modern instrumental language, splitting their recordings between the left and right channels for clarity in their fascinating and unconventional dialogs.

Ulher, Birgit / Rodrigues, Ernesto / Santos, Carlos: Doppelganger
Ulher, Birgit / Rodrigues, Ernesto / Santos, Carlos:
Doppelganger

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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Delicate nuance and fascinating textures from the minimal improvisations of trumpeter Birgit Uhler, violist Ernesto Rodriguez and live sampling from Carlos Santos.

Wooley, Nate: Wrong Shape to be a Story Teller
Wooley, Nate:
Wrong Shape to be a Story Teller

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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Cosottini / Melani / Miano / Pisani: Cardinal
Cosottini / Melani / Miano / Pisani:
Cardinal

(Impressus Records -- USA )



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The quartet of Cosottini, Melano, Pisani, Miano (EAQuartet Electroacoustic) in compositions referring to the 4 cardinal map points using graphic scores, games, open readings, &c.

Prevost, Helene: A La Plage
Prevost, Helene:
A La Plage

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )



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A mix of sound art and improvisation from Quebec/Actuelle musician Helene Prevost, 10 minimal "Plages", or luminous surfaces, created with Eric Normand, Stephae Claude, and Mario Gauthier.

AMM: Spanish Fighters
AMM:
Spanish Fighters

(Matchless -- Great Britain )



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Recorded at the festival Neposlusno (Sound Disobedience) in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2012, the AMM duo of Eddie Prevost on percussion and John Tilbury on piano perform an extend improvisation of tension and dynamic, delicately balancing sound in a rich dialog.

Frey, Peter / Daniel Studer: Zwirn
Frey, Peter / Daniel Studer:
Zwirn

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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"Zwirn" means "twine" in German, an apt description of the interweaving sound that double bassists Daniel Studer and Peter Frey play together, in 7 freely improvised works of unusual technique and new musical structures.

Phillips, Simon James : Blage 3
Phillips, Simon James :
Blage 3

(Mikroton Recordings -- Russia )



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A reduction of composer Simon James Phillips' 5 hour improvisation performed with Tony Buck (drums), Werner Dafeldecker (bass), BJ Nilsen (electronics), Liz Allbee (trumpet), Arthur Rother (guitar) & Simon James Phillips (piano) exploring time, perception and place.

Greenlee, Shawn: Nysa
Greenlee, Shawn:
Nysa

(Utech Records -- USA )



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Rodrigues / Dorner / Torres / Fragenheim: Nor
Rodrigues / Dorner / Torres / Fragenheim:
Nor

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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The freely improvising quartet of Ernesto Rodrigues, Axel Dorner, Nuno Torres and Alexander Frangenheim recorded this beautiful album of dark sound in Germany in 2014, 3 movements of understated dialog using unexpected techniques in a subtle dialog.

Wolff, Christian / Wandelweiser Komponisten Ensemble: Stones
Wolff, Christian / Wandelweiser Komponisten Ensemble:
Stones

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )



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Antoine Beuger, Burkhard Schlothauer, Chico Mello, Jurg Frey, Kunsu Shim, Michael Pisaro-Liu, and Thomas Stiegler participate in this realization of Christian Wolff's compositions to make sounds or draw sounds out of stones, alone or with other surfaces, acoustically or amplified.

Scarcity Of Tanks: Vulgar Defender
Scarcity Of Tanks:
Vulgar Defender

(Total Life Society Records -- USA )



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New York/Ohio skronkers Scarcity of Tanks with Jim Sauter of Borbetomagus plus Kid Millions in a hard free rock free improv blast.

Fujii, Satoko New York Orchestra: Shiki
Fujii, Satoko New York Orchestra:
Shiki

(Libra -- Japan )



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Satoko Fujii's amazing Orchestra New York returns with a composition that she describes as "a picture that extends beyond the canvas", performed with Oscar Noriega, Briggan Krauss, Ellery Eskelin, Tony Malaby, Andy Laster, Herb Robertson, Steven Bernstein, &c &c.

Rodrigues / Yamauchi / Santos: The Presence Of Air Particles Ignited By Memory
Rodrigues / Yamauchi / Santos:
The Presence Of Air Particles Ignited By Memory

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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Remarkably detailed, slowly moving improvisation from the trio of Katsura Yamauchi on alto sax, Carlos Santos on electronics, and Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, harp and objects, a beautiful balance of acoustic and electronic sound in intensely concentrated music.

Garet, Richard: Intrinsic Motion
Garet, Richard:
Intrinsic Motion

(Non Visual Objects (NVO) -- Austria )



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Gomberg, Billy / Anne Guthrie / Richard Kamerman / Takahiro Kawaguchi : [4X4  Poster/Print w/ Downlo
Gomberg, Billy / Anne Guthrie / Richard Kamerman / Takahiro Kawaguchi :
[4X4 Poster/Print w/ Download Link]

(Winds Measure -- USA )



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Of interest to lowercase/Wandelweiser fans, the quartet of Billy Gomberg, Anne Guthrie, Richard Kamerman and Takahiro Kawaguchi use synthesizer, french horn, found objects, & field recordings, frequency generators, to create evolving sound environments of unique sound and timbre.

Owen, Ben : Birds And Water, 2&3 (For Cassette)  [CASSETTE]
Owen, Ben :
Birds And Water, 2&3 (For Cassette) [CASSETTE]

(Winds Measure -- USA )



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Brooklyn-based Ben Owen recorded this work in 2010 at the Experimental Television Center in Owego, NY, presenting the original work "Birds And Water" and two edits, which are mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.

 
Jerman / Salis / Sanna:
KIO GE

(Confront -- UK )



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A collaboration between American sound artist Jeph Jerman and Italian percussionists Paolo Sanna and Giacomo Salis, twelve intriguing short improvisations using extended techniques and lowercase approaches that include minimal textures, field recordings, abstract atmospheres and organic sounds.

Clinamen Trio   (Marion / Di Donato / Berger): Decline
Clinamen Trio (Marion / Di Donato / Berger):
Decline

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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Roman philosopher Titus Lucretius Carus named "Clinamen" the unpredictable (in time and space) swerve of atoms falling in the void, which aptly describes the unexpected directions taken in subtle free improvisation from this French trio, led by bassist Louis-Michel Marion, with Jacques Di Donato on clarinet, and Philippe Berger on viola.

Duthoit, Isabelle / Franz Hautzinger: Lily
Duthoit, Isabelle / Franz Hautzinger:
Lily

(Relative Pitch -- USA )



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French free vocalist Isabelle Duthoit met world traveling improviser and Zeitkratzer trumpeter Franz Hautzinger in New York City to record these highly unusual duos, using extreme techniques and inexplicable intent to create 9 uniquely aberrant accompaniments to your most subtle and strange dreams; reference Phil Minton, Axel Dorner, Freddie Kruger.

Forge, Mathias / Olivier Toulemonde: pie 'n' mash
Forge, Mathias / Olivier Toulemonde:
pie 'n' mash

(Another Timbre -- UK )



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Virtuosic French-based trombonist Mathias Forge and Brussels-based electroacoustic composer-turned improviser Olivier Toulemonde recording live in Sheffield, 2010.

 
Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell):
Consequences (of Time and Place)

(Confront -- Great Britain )



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ist (The Improvising String Trio) of Rhodri Davies (harp), Simon H. Fell (bass) and Mark Wastell (violincello) performing at The Natural Music Club in London, 1997, using unorthodox techniques in indeterminate systems and free improvisation for fascinating results.

Davis, Matt / Phil Durrant / Mark Wastell: Confront Collectors Series
Davis, Matt / Phil Durrant / Mark Wastell:
Confront Collectors Series

(Confront -- Great Britain )



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Re-issue of one of the earliest Confront releases, the trio of trumpeter Matt Davis, violinist Phil Durrant and cellist Mark Wastell performing subtle and sophisticated free improvisation at St. Michael's and All Angels church, Chiswick, London in 2000.

Lauzier / Martel: Sainct Laurens
Lauzier / Martel:
Sainct Laurens

(&Records -- Canada )



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Sparse but detailed improvisational journeys from the long-running duo of saxophonist Philippe Lauzier and bassist/electronic artist Pierre-Yves Martel.

Narthex (Baron / Blairon): Formnction
Narthex (Baron / Blairon):
Formnction

(Potlatch -- France )



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Saxophonist Marc Baron & bassist Loic Blairon recorded 6 improvisations and then recomposed and organized them into these two 30 minute works, one acoustic and one digital.

Pip. (Rasten / Larsen): Pip.
Pip. (Rasten / Larsen):
Pip.

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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"On "Pip", we get another fabulous performance, now by Norwegians Fredrik Rasten on guitar and Torstein Lavik Larsen on trumpet. Their acoustic music is minimal, repetitive, slow and with an eery intensity. It is less dark than some of...

Good, Kevin : Listen
Good, Kevin :
Listen

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )



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Kevin Good organized this composition from four field recordings collected near Avon, CT, isolating sounds that he found interesting and then attempting to recreate them on other instruments, finally adding the human voice sparsely utilized throughout the piece, all to promote the idea of listeners actively paying attention to the sounds of their environment.

Area, David / Tomas Gris / Ernesto Rodrigues : Chorismos
Area, David / Tomas Gris / Ernesto Rodrigues :
Chorismos

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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An album of patience and concentrated listening from the lowercase trio of David Area on electronics, Tomas Gris on guitar and objects, and Ernesto Rodrigues on harp and objects, each player subtly coaxing sounds out of their instruments while the electronics act as environmental ambience over which tones slowly voice, recede and occasionally punctuate.

Kobi, Christian (solo and with Taku Sugimoto / Yoko Ikeda / Wakana Ikeda: Atta!
Kobi, Christian (solo and with Taku Sugimoto / Yoko Ikeda / Wakana Ikeda:
Atta!

(Monotype -- Poland )



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Four solo saxophone improvisations, two on tenor and two on soprano, using remarkable technique and concentration from Swiss improviser Christian Kobi performing live in Tokyo and Osaka in 2017, plus a live quartet improvisation with flutist Wakana Ikeda, violinist Yoko Ikeda, and guitarist Taku Sugimoto for an open-approached performance of detailed, minimal improv.

Bondi, Cyril  : Euhesma, 2017
Bondi, Cyril :
Euhesma, 2017

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )



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Swiss composer and percussionist Cyril Bondi, recording with d'incise, renders his piece "euhesma" (a genus within the bee family in Australia), a work performed on indian harmonium, melodica, harmonica, pitch pipes, and electric organ that slowly introduces and overlaps tones, varying the pitch, harmony, and amplitude to create rich aural environments.

Chrysakis, Thanos: Subterranean Sky
Chrysakis, Thanos:
Subterranean Sky

(Aural Terrains -- Greece/UK )



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Aural Terrains label leader and electronic composer Thanos Chrysakis in a work in five movements based on field recordings, synthesized, and acoustic instrumental sounds.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues/ Eduardo Chagas/ Andre Hencleeday/ Carlos Santos : Spiric S
Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues/ Eduardo Chagas/ Andre Hencleeday/ Carlos Santos :
Spiric Sections

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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The affect of Carlos Santos' electronics and recordings are the foundation of this Portuguese quintet's improvisations, creating an environment over which Ernesto & Guilherme Rodrigues on viola & cello, Eduardo Chagas on trombone, and Andre Hencleeday add subtle gestures of unusual approaches to their instruments, in a mysterious album of lowercase improv.

Chaton, Anne-James  / Andy Moor: Transfer
Chaton, Anne-James / Andy Moor:
Transfer

(Unsounds -- Netherlands )



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A collection of guitar, electronic and voice pieces from Anne-James Chaton and Andy Moor, originally released as a series of four seven inch singles here combined into a single CD with 3 bonus tracks.

Savoldelli, Boris: Biocosmopolitan
Savoldelli, Boris:
Biocosmopolitan

(MoonJune -- USA )



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Vocalist Savoldelli in an exquisitely-crafted album of overdubbed vocal work, with help from trumpeter Paolo Fresu and bassist Jimmy Haslip; elaborite harmonies, interlocking rhythms, exultant influences.

Ichiyanagi, Toshi with Eye Music: Sapporo
Ichiyanagi, Toshi with Eye Music:
Sapporo

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )



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Written in 1963 for up to 15 peformers plus a conductor who may also make sound, Japanese composer and Fluxus artist Toshi Ichiyanagi's score has 16 pages marked with combinations of lines, dots and letters indicating duration, number of events, and moments of restraint, each player using a different page, with certain options of switching pages with another player during performance.

Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Mar / Espvall / Faustino / Mira / &c.: Sul
Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Mar / Espvall / Faustino / Mira / &c.:
Sul

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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Recorded at the Galeria Monumental during the Small Format Materials II Festival, Sul is a large string-oriented ensemble led by Ernesto Rodrigues that includes percussionist Andrew Drury and double bassist Hernani Faustino, alongside Creative Sources core players, orchestrated with viola, violin, cello, double bass, classical guitar, zither, percussion and objects.

Isotope Ensemble: Lanthanum
Isotope Ensemble:
Lanthanum

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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Creative Sources collective Isotope Ensemble led by Ernesto Rodrigues performed with a large electroacoustic group continues their investigation of isotopes, focusing on Lanthanum, a soft metal used in flints, through subtly-developing interplay the band, moving as one body, reaching several highly controlled periods of passionate improvisation, contrasting with beautifully serene sections; impressive.

Earth Tongues (Costa / Peck / Moffett): Rune
Earth Tongues (Costa / Peck / Moffett):
Rune

(Neither/Nor Records -- USA )



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Paying attention to tone, tension, space and silence, the trio of Carlo Costa on percussion, Joe Moffett on trumpet, and Dan Peck on tuba use extended and unusual techniques in a meditative and highly concentrative album of free improvisation, the first album from this trio whose attentive approach to improvisation rewards in unique sonic environments.

Houben / Rodrigues / Rodrigues: The Haecceity Of Things
Houben / Rodrigues / Rodrigues:
The Haecceity Of Things

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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A mysterious album of viola, viola d'amore, organ, and field recordings, merging the compositional minimal approach of Wandelweiser artist Eva-Maria Houben with Creative Sources performers Ernesto & Guilherme Rodrigues, the field recordings creating a virtual setting of environmental stillness, evoking slow motion in the unique "thisness" of haecceity.

Dorgon: Shot in the Face
Dorgon:
Shot in the Face

(Jumbo -- USA )



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Featuring an x-rated insert in a puff-up brown paper package, Mr. Dorgon attacks with two electronic works and a harmonica solo from a live show on KFJC in California.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Anna Piosik / Carlos Santos: Eris
Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Anna Piosik / Carlos Santos:
Eris

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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A quintet album of minimal/lowercase electroacoustic improvisation recordeded at Penedo in Portugal from Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, Miguel Mira on cello, Anna Piosik on trumpet, and Carlos Santos on electronics, each performer using extended techniques, contrasting atmospheric tones with percussive, often pointillistic approaches.

Galao, Paulo / Guilherme Rodrigues / Nuno Morao: Hymn
Galao, Paulo / Guilherme Rodrigues / Nuno Morao:
Hymn

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A suite in seven parts named in Latin with abstract spiritual connotations from the Portuguese free improvising trio of Paulo Galao on clarinet & bass clarinet, Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, and Nuno Morao on percussion, each movement using subdued yet detailed and active motion, a confident and adept meditation of powerfully controlled communion.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Lauri Hyvarinen / Abdul Moimeme / Carlos Santos: Kuori
Rodrigues, Ernesto / Lauri Hyvarinen / Abdul Moimeme / Carlos Santos:
Kuori

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Finnish guitarist Lauri Hyvarinen joins Portugues Creative Sources collective members Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Abdul Moimeme on electric guitar, and Carlos Santos on synthesizer, for a studio album whose title refers to the shell of an object, a mysterious reference peeled away by this quartet through subliminal playing of intense technique and concentration.

Rodrigues / Leblanc / Lopes: Montreal
Rodrigues / Leblanc / Lopes:
Montreal

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Named for the city in which it was recorded, the trio of Karoline Leblanc on harpsichord, Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, and Paulo J Ferreira Lopes on gongs & cymbals, is a mysterious and ritualistic album, Lopes' gongs slowly intoning as the strings use unusual techniques, much of the harpsichord played inside; a subtle and beautiful reflection of historic Montreal.

Dyberg / Masing / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Jacobson: Egin
Dyberg / Masing / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Jacobson:
Egin

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Recording live in Berlin at Werkhalle Wiesenburg, the quartet of Portuguese father/son string players Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, Danish saxophonist Mia Dyberg on alto sax, and Polish double bassist Tomo Jacobson present a precisely controlled concert of subtly detailed free improvisation using impressive technique and momentum.

Fages, Ferran / Ernesto Rodrigues: Cru
Fages, Ferran / Ernesto Rodrigues:
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A composite of environmental sounds, electronics, and viola, recorded in Barcelona, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal from intrepid audio explorers Ferran Fages and Ernesto Rodrigues, the single long work taking the listener on a theoretical journey of transparent traffic, squealing wheels and indeterminate location, engrossing in its detail and the mystery it presents.

Schlothauer, Burkhard : Harmonies And Structures
Schlothauer, Burkhard :
Harmonies And Structures

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Austria )



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When the Zeitkratzer Ensemble was asked to perform a late ensemble work by John Cage, director Reinhold Friedl turned to composer Burkhard Schlothauer, who reworked one of Cage's Number Pieces to create this rich piece using Cage's methods; plus a composition for the dance piece "Bewegte Bauhausbilder"; and an octet commissioned for the Klangzeit-Festival Time Is On My Side.

Garcia, Miguel A. / Oier Iruretagoiena / Abdul Moimeme / Lorea Oar-Arteta / Ernesto Rodrigues / Carl
Garcia, Miguel A. / Oier Iruretagoiena / Abdul Moimeme / Lorea Oar-Arteta / Ernesto Rodrigues / Carlos Santos:
Sitsa

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Joing Portuguese and Spanish improvisers for four recordings in Bilbao, Spain, this sextet presents sound works using unusual orchestration--piano harp, viola, guitar, metals, electric organ, paper, contact mics, and electronics--balancing spacious exploration with assertive moments of percussive and caustic sound, evolving bold sonic and timbral combinations.

IKB: Paradoxurus hermaphroditus
IKB:
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Recording at the 12th CreativeFest at O'Culto da Ajuda, in Lisbon, Portugal, the IKB ensemble is represented by 20 musicians for this performance, merging acoustic and electronic instruments including strings, brass, winds, self-made instruments, and percussion in a concert of intense constraint & patience, seething with detail and replete with consummate skill.

Limbo Ensemble: Limbo
Limbo Ensemble:
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A fascinating confluence of improvisation and contemporary compositional approaches from this Spanish ensemble led by composer and drummer Nasim Lopez Palacios, using 5 reeds, trumpet, flute, piano, electric guitar, harp, double bass, drums and electronics in an extended work exploring space, tension and motion, with a beautiful build to catharsis.

Lisbon String Trio / Gil Goncalves: Merz
Lisbon String Trio / Gil Goncalves:
Merz

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The Lisbon String Trio of Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Miguel Mira on cello, and Alvaro Rosso on contrabass continue their recent string of collaborations with a fourth player, Portuguese tuba player Gil Goncalves joining to addd a unique complement to their strings, as Goncalves adds bass, blats, growls and unique timbres of upper register low brass.

Cremaster / Komora A: split [7-inch VINYL] <i>[Used Item]</i>
Cremaster / Komora A:
split [7-inch VINYL] [Used Item]

(Monotype -- Poland )



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A split 7" release between Cremaster (Alfredo Costa Monteiro (electronics) and Ferran Fages (feedback mixing board and electroacoustic devices); and the Komora A trio of Karol Koszniec (electronics), Dominik Kowalczyk (laptop) and Jakub Mikolajczyk (modular synth).

Gerard, Pierre: Cavite Aerienne
Gerard, Pierre:
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(Not On Label -- France )



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Extremely patient compositions for electronics, cello, guitar and tenor sax from French sound and visual artist Pierre Gerard: "Air" using recordings from his duo partner of tenor saxophonist Bertrand De Lamalle with long sections of silence; "Cavity" employs previously recorded guitar improvisations that interact with Gerard's live electronic improvisations.

Pau Nasim (Lopez-Palacios / Serra): Alusion
Pau Nasim (Lopez-Palacios / Serra):
Alusion

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Taking their project name as a concatenation of their personal names, appropriate to the close improvisational bond shared by the Spanish drum and sax duo of Nasim Lopez-Palacios and Pau Torres Serra, who present a unique and idiosyncratic language on their instruments to create an engaging set of dialogs through energetically controlled yet never chaotic interaction.

Kita, Naoki / Guilherme Rodrigues / Naoto Yamagishi : S/T
Kita, Naoki / Guilherme Rodrigues / Naoto Yamagishi :
S/T

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The trio of Portuguese cellist Guilherme Rodrigues, Japanese percussionist Naoto Yamagish currently residing in France, and Japanese violinist Naoki Kita, active in improvisation and contemporary fields in Portugal and Berlin, met in Saitama, Japan at Barber Fuji to record these open conversations integrating extraneous noise and incidental instrumental sounds.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Fred Marty / Carlos Santos: Sur Nos Pas Dans La Clarte Du
Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Fred Marty / Carlos Santos:
Sur Nos Pas Dans La Clarte Du Jour

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A live performances at CreativeFest 2018 in Lisbon from the electroacoustic quartet of Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, Fred Marty on double bass, and Carlos Santos on electronics, the title translating to "On our footsteps in the light of day" as the improvisers merge strings and electronics through spirited and radiant playing.

Rodrigues / Torres / Mira: Setubal
Rodrigues / Torres / Mira:
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A live performance at Casa da Cultura during the "Creative Sources Cycle" in 2020, capturing an extended acoustic improvisation between Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Nuno Torres on alto saxophone, and Miguel Mira on cello, using restrained approaches to deceptively detailed dialog of magnificent technique, as they sonically describe the Setúbal Inlet near Lisbon.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Miguel Almeida / Andre Lanca / Bernardo Alvares / Felice Furioso: Un Seul Regar
Rodrigues, Ernesto / Miguel Almeida / Andre Lanca / Bernardo Alvares / Felice Furioso:
Un Seul Regard Le Chant Petri De Beaute Un Mot Vert

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Acoustic and sublime minimal acoustic improvisation with an emphasis on strings from the Portuguese quintet of Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Miguel Almeida on acoustic guitar, Andre Lanca on electric guitar, Bernardo Alvares on double bass, and Felice Furioso on percussion, performing live during the Small Format Materials Festival at Galeria Monumental, in Lisbon.

Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Almeida / Hencleeday / Parrinha / Parrinha / Santos / Valinho: Spiegel II
Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Almeida / Hencleeday / Parrinha / Parrinha / Santos / Valinho:
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The concept of a spiegel, or mirror, is explored by this perceptively patient electroacoustic octet led by violist Ernesto Rodrigues, each of the 3 tracks an evolution of the first recorded improvisation, the 2nd "Spiegel" layering and reacting to the first recording, and the 3rd to the previous two, ultimately reflecting a conversation of 24 virtual musicians.

Lafkas, Andrew: Two Paths with Active Shadows Under Three Moons and Surveillance
Lafkas, Andrew:
Two Paths with Active Shadows Under Three Moons and Surveillance

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Composer Andrew Lafkas' large ensemble piece with performers including C. Spencer Yah, Ron Stabinsky, Barry Weisblat, Sean Meehan, Ben Owen, &c. is a meditative work intended for live performance, this album the 2nd of 3 performances, a brooding and resonant rendering of rich and subtle detail that evolves over 70 minutes, carrying its listeners in a profound revery.

Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell): Twenty
Sealed Knot, The (Beins / Davies / Wastell):
Twenty

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After twenty years playing together, the Sealed Knot trio of Burkhard Beins on amplified percussion, Rhodri Davies on amplified lap harp, and Mark Wastell on dual 32 past tam tams, gongs & nepalese singing bowls, performed live at Cafe OTO to record this beautifully captured, contemplative concert of tone, texture and ringing sound, like a 20-year dream reflected.

Barco, Sergio Cote: Pink Noise(s) In Prime Numbers
Barco, Sergio Cote:
Pink Noise(s) In Prime Numbers

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"An invitation into our perceptual periphery, where noise(s) — and perhaps we — can be somewhat disobedient" read the liner notes to Colombian composer Sergio Cote Barco's sound work, three compositions from extreme minimalism and silence to rich sound, each varying the topography and envelopes of sound, ostensibly performed by "electronic music".

 

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