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Rose, Simon & Pascal Nichols: Sombrero Galaxy (Bug Incision Records)

Saxophonist Simon Rose, a member of Badland with Steve Noble and Simon Fell, in a duo with drummer Pascal Nichols, label leader of Krayon Recordings, for an understated set of extended improvisations.

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Label: Bug Incision Records
Catalog ID: bim-49
Squidco Product Code: 16321

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Canada
Packaging: Paper foldover in a plastic sleeve
Recorded in Autumn of 2010.


Simon Rose-saxophones

Pascal Nichols-drums

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Artist Biographies:

"Simon Rose is a musician, author and researcher from London, England based in Berlin, Germany. He performs on baritone and alto saxophones in numerous collaborations and as soloist. He also collaborates beyond music with dancers, visual artists, mixed media, built instruments, site specific performance and more. His research interest is in creative processes."

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track listing:

1. bone artefacts constructor 10:59

2. sombrero galaxy 13:31

3. A horse breaker and a purple mare 15:49
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Bit of a Bug Incision shared history with both of these two, in different ways. Back in 2004, the Bent Spoon Duo (at the time being comprised of David Laing & Chris Dadge) toured the UK and had the pleasure of sharing a bill with Simon Rose, who played a ferocious solo set, both us sharing the bill a trio of Neil Davidson, Raymond MacDonald, Tatsuya Nakatani. The folks at the Bug Incision camp had already been introduced to Rose's work as a member of Badland, with Steve Noble and Simon Fell.

Nichols has been featured on the label from what might've been the quickest selling disc the label's ever done, Memoirs of a Secret Metal Cave, from Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides. The BI camp had been on the Part Wild... trip for a while leading up that release, as well, and the previous album from this duo, on Nichols' Krayon Recordings imprint, made a good number of spins in the CD deck.

On Sombrero Galaxy, Nichols' playing is wonderfully unhinged. That is to say, he's speaking in a language, a well-worn one in the drums & sax tradition, but underneath this first layer is a thrust to the playing that suggests a very pure and honest desire/need to be doing this stuff. He sounds utterly unable to contain himself, and this is a real nice counterpoint to all the 'improv' records that simply reinforce the criticisms often levelled at this form of playing.

His work in Part Wild Horses..., Le Drapeau Noir, and with other Manchester acolytes places him within a fairly specfic, and at this point, more firmly-established context, but to hear him with someone outside of that circle is a nice breath of fresh air, and italicizes his work very nicely indeed. Rose is in fine form, as ever, with his plethora of worthy musical propositions, along with his understated way of exhibiting his very own sense of mastery and control. Notes by Jonathan Ronler."-Bug Incision

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Improvised Music
Vancouver and Western Canada
Free Improvisation
lowercase, micro-improv, sound improv
Duo Recordings
Canadian Composition & Improvisation
Saxophone & Drummer / Percussionist Duos

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