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Fauna (Simon Rose / Paul Stapleton): Fauna (pfmentum)

British saxophonist Simon Rose uses extended and evocative techniques in this exceptional set of duos with Paul Stapleton, who plays a Bonsai Sound Sculpture, an assemblage of unusual electronic and acoustic components allowing a wide range of expression.

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UPC: 616892126447

Label: pfmentum
Catalog ID: CD074
Squidco Product Code: 17959

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded by Elmar Susse on September 22nd, 2011 in Hoffnungskirche, Pankow, Berlin.


Simon Rose-baritone saxophone, alto saxophone

Paul Stapleton-bonsai sound sculpture (BoSS)

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"The Bonsai Sound Sculpture (BoSS) is a portable modular musical instrument (Paul Stapleton and Neil Fawcett, 2010) combining a repurposed turntable, DIY electronics, amplified metallic percussion and strings."-pfMENTUM

"Simon Rose is an alto saxophonist working in the area of free improvisation. He performs in settings from solo to large groups. During the mid 90's he established Club Orange with tenor saxophonist John Grieve. A fortnightly, then weekly club for free jazz and improvised music in north London. It quickly became a venue where just about everyone from the improvised music scene in the UK as well as some from Europe and North America could be heard. The trio 'badland' Simon Rose alto sax, Simon Fell double bass and Steve Noble drums (initially Mark Sanders), have toured extensively, had three albums released and a number of radio sessions including one for BBC Jazz on 3. Influences are broad and as well as European and American ideas relating to free improvisation (from those such as Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Peter Brotzmann, Han Bennink) he is also interested in musical ideas on particularly wind and especially reed instruments as used historically throughout the world and particularly in Asia."-Simon Rose website

"Paul Stapleton is a sound artist, improviser and writer originally from Southern California, currently based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Paul designs and performs with a variety of modular metallic sound sculptures, custom made electronics, found objects and electric guitars in locations ranging from experimental music clubs in Berlin to remote beaches on Vancouver Island. He is currently involved in a diverse range of artistic collaborations including: performance duo ABODE with vocalist Caroline Pugh, interdisciplinary performance group theybreakinpieces with Nick Williams and Mona McCarthy, improvisation duo with saxophonist Simon Rose, networked installation design with Tom Davis, Eric Lyon's Noise Quartet, and the DIY improvisation quartet E=MCH. Since 2007, Paul has been lecturing at the Sonic Arts Research Centre (Queen's University Belfast), where he teaches and supervises MA & PhD research in performance technologies, interaction design and site-specific art."-Paul Stapelton Soundcloud Profile

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"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. Borealis 6:37

2. Felt 7:38

3. Deep 10:27

4. Zwischenfall 2:02

5. Shift 8:38

6. Zeiteinheit 4:46

7. Set 4:25

8. Vertreiben 5:13

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Free Improvisation
London & UK Improv & Related Scenes
Duo Recordings
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