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Bailey, Derek / Berthiaume, Antoine / Frith, Fred: Soshin (Ambiances Magnetiques)

Composer and improviser Antoine Berthiaume in a compilation of guitar duos with Derek Bailey and Fred Frith exploring the full range of guitar improvisation.
 

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Derek Bailey-guitar

Antoine Berthiaume-guitar

Fred Frith-guitar


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UPC: 771028111329

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM_113
Squidco Product Code: 1720

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2003
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardstock 4 page foldover
Tracks 1-3 and 5 were recorded from December 2002 to March 2003 in Montreal, CA. Tracks 4 and 6 were recorded in August 2001 in London, UK.

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"Guitarist, composer and improviser on the modern jazz scene, Antoine Berthiaume was born in Montreal in 1977. Berthiaume has studied with a vast array of teachers: at home with Neil Smolar and Benoît Charest, in Toronto with Lorne Lofsky and in New York with Mordy Ferber, saxophonist Dave Binney and pianist Charlie Banacos. He is pursuing a Masters degree in contemporary composition at the Université de Montréal, under the supervision of Denis Gougeon.

On his first disc, "Soshin," on Ambiances Magnétiques, Antoine Berthiaume's duos with Fred Frith and Derek Bailey continue his exploration of the full range of improvisation and the thousand-and-one facets of the guitar. A first meeting with Bailey, in London in February 2001, opened the doors to a new conception of improvisation and allowed him to discover a musical scene that was incredibly diverse and open. During a second trip to London, in August 2001, he recorded with Bailey and appeared in a solo performance at an Instant Music Meeting show organised by Paul Hood through the London Musicians' Collective. Eight months later, Bailey and Berthiaume would release their session concurrently: part of it on Bailey's compilation, "Visitors Book," (on Incus, a label Bailey and Evan Parker founded in 1970), and part on "Soshin" (on the Ambiances Magnetiques label). Then it was back to Montreal, where a visit by Frith was the occasion for a recording session with Bernard Grenon at Studio 270.

By turns bruitiste and traditional, Soshin is a meeting of the masters, a pilgrimage to the abode of the reinventors of improvisation in which Berthiaume is imbued with the presence of two great guitarists."



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"Derek Bailey (29 January 1930 - 25 December 2005) was an English avant-garde guitarist and leading figure in the free improvisation movement.

Bailey was born in Sheffield, England. A third-generation musician, he began playing the guitar at the age of ten, initially studying music with his teacher and Sheffield City organist C. H. C. Biltcliffe, an experience that he did not enjoy, and guitar with his uncle George Wing and John Duarte. As an adult he worked as a guitarist and session musician in clubs, radio, dance hall bands, and so on, playing with many performers including Morecambe and Wise, Gracie Fields, Bob Monkhouse and Kathy Kirby, and on television programs such as Opportunity Knocks. Bailey's earliest foray into 'what could be called free improvised music' was in 1953 with two other guitarists in their shared flat in Glasgow. He was also part of a Sheffield-based trio founded in 1963 with Tony Oxley and Gavin Bryars called "Joseph Holbrooke" (named after the composer, whose work they never actually played). Although originally performing relatively "conventional" modal, harmonic jazz this group became increasingly free in direction.

Bailey moved to London in 1966, frequenting the Little Theatre Club run by drummer John Stevens. Here he met many other like-minded musicians, such as saxophonist Evan Parker, trumpet player Kenny Wheeler and double bass player Dave Holland. These players often collaborated under the umbrella name of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble, recording the seminal album Karyobin for Island Records in 1968. In this year Bailey also formed the Music Improvisation Company with Parker, percussionist Jamie Muir and Hugh Davies on homemade electronics, a project that continued until 1971. He was also a member of the Jazz Composer's Orchestra and Iskra 1903, a trio with double-bass player Barry Guy and tromboneist Paul Rutherford that was named after a newspaper published by the Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.

In 1970, Bailey founded the record label Incus with Tony Oxley, Evan Parker and Michael Walters. It proved influential as the first musician-owned independent label in the UK. Oxley and Walters left early on; Parker and Bailey continued as co-directors until the mid-1980s, when friction between the men led to Parker's departure. Bailey continued the label with his partner Karen Brookman until his death in 2005[citation needed].

Along with a number of other musicians, Bailey was a co-founder of Musics magazine in 1975. This was described as "an impromental experivisation arts magazine" and circulated through a network of like-minded record shops, arguably becoming one of the most significant jazz publications of the second half of the 1970s, and instrumental in the foundation of the London Musicians Collective.

1976 saw Bailey instigate Company, an ever-changing collection of like-minded improvisors, which at various times has included Anthony Braxton, Tristan Honsinger, Misha Mengelberg, Lol Coxhill, Fred Frith, Steve Beresford, Steve Lacy, Johnny Dyani, Leo Smith, Han Bennink, Eugene Chadbourne, Henry Kaiser, John Zorn, Buckethead and many others. Company Week, an annual week-long free improvisational festival organised by Bailey, ran until 1994.

In 1980, he wrote the book Improvisation: Its Nature and Practice. This was adapted by UK's Channel 4 into a four-part TV series in the early '90s, edited and narrated by Bailey.

Bailey died in London on Christmas Day, 2005. He had been suffering from motor neurone disease."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Bailey_(guitarist))
12/4/2023

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"Though the point of reference for many remains the iconic band Henry Cow, which he co-founded in 1968 and which broke up more than 30 years ago, Fred Frith has never really stood still for an instant.

In bands such as Art Bears, Massacre, Skeleton Crew, Keep the Dog, Tense Serenity, the Fred Frith Guitar Quartet, Eye to Ear, and most recently Cosa Brava, he has always held true to his roots in rock and folk music, while exploring influences that range from the literary works of Eduardo Galeano to the art installations of Cornelia Parker.

The release of the seminal Guitar Solos in 1974 enabled him to simultaneously carve out a place for himself in the international improvised music scene, not only as an acclaimed solo performer but in the company of artists as diverse as Han Bennink, Chris Cutler, Jean-Pierre Drouet, Evelyn Glennie, Ikue Mori, Louis Sclavis, Stevie Wishart, Wu Fei, Camel Zekri, John Zorn, and scores of others.

He has also developed a personal compositional language in works written for Arditti Quartet, Asko Ensemble, Bang on a Can All-Stars, Ensemble Modern, Concerto Köln, and ROVA Sax Quartet, for example. Fred has been active as a composer for dance since the early 1980s, working with choreographers Bebe Miller, François Verret, and especially long-time collaborator and friend Amanda Miller, with whom he has created a compelling body of work over the last twenty years.

His film soundtracks (for award-winning films like Thomas Riedelsheimer's Rivers and Tides and Touch the Sound, Peter Mettler's Gambling, Gods, and LSD, and Deborah Kaufman and Alan Snitow's Thirst, to name a few) won him a lifetime achievement award from Prague's "Music on Film, Film on Music" Festival (MOFFOM) in 2007. The following year he received Italy's Demetrio Stratos Prize (previously given to Diamanda Galas and Meredith Monk) for his life's work in experimental music, and in 2010 was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Huddersfield in his home county of Yorkshire.

Fred currently teaches in the Music Department at Mills College in Oakland, California (renowned for over fifty years as the epicenter of the American experimental tradition), and in the Musik Akademie in Basel, Switzerland."

-Fred Frith Website (http://www.fredfrith.com/biography.html)
12/4/2023

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Track Listing:



1 Soshin (2003) 7:33

2 Morning Froth (2002) 9:57

3 Indicateur dÕassiette (2002) 18:40

4 Afternoon Tea (2001) 7:50

5 WolfÕs Wood (2002) 9:32

6 Aquathque (2001) 4:51

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