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Oswald, Margaux: Dysphotic Zone (Clean Feed)

Assertively dynamic solo piano improvisations captured live at the 2021 Monopiano Festival in Fylkingen, Stockholm from French-Filipina pianist Margaux Oswald, generating huge block chords over which she runs intricate and complex lines of clear and cohesive expression, pausing for delicate moments of space and introspection; wonderfully exuberant and well balanced.

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UPC: 5609063006032

Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF603
Squidco Product Code: 32500

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded live at Monopiano festival, in Fylkingen, Stockholm, on October 24th, 2021, by Goran Stegborn.


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"Margaux Oswald is a pianist of French-Filipina origin, born in Geneva, and currently based in Copenhagen. She has played the piano since the age of 5, and is now committed to the art of free improvisation. She has recorded with Swedish guitarist Niklas Fite (Fire! Orchestra), in a duo with Danish trumpeter Kasper Tranberg, and in a trio with Argentine saxophonist Albert Cirera & bassist Johannes Nästesjö."

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track listing:

1. 237m 28:06

2. 951m 04:44
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"The solo debut from this Copenhagen-based French-Filipino pianist clocks in at just over 32 minutes, but it's hard not to feel drained by the time this bruising, intensely physical performance comes to an end. Recorded live in the fall of 2021 at the Monopiano Festival in Stockholm, Margaux Oswald builds almost monolithic blocks of sound from her instrument-as if she's carving tones from huge slabs of granite-summoning up thunderous left hand figures that rumble ominously, filling up space while she embroiders surprisingly elaborate, almost delicate patterns with her right hand. When a musician pushes her audience into submission with ferocious sound it can feel fascistic, but Oswald's approach is different. Indeed, her post-Cecil Taylor fury, which does open up at times, letting silence in like bright rays of sun, is inviting in some strange way, a humanistic sound sculpture marbled with exquisite detail and guided by a remarkable sense of dynamic range. The album title refers to underwater depths, where light quickly dissipates, and the two tracks - '237m' and '951m' - reflect different levels of submersion, neatly applying a sonic quality to the clarity and strength of light. The music represents just one side of Oswald's approach, and I'm looking forward to experience other facets."-Peter Margasak, The Quietus

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