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Burn, Chris: Music For Three Rivers (Les Disques Victo)

"Music for Three Rivers presents four improvisations (totaling 45 minutes) from British pianist Chris Burn's performance at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in May 1996, as well as five studio recordings f...

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UPC: 7774050005021

Label: Les Disques Victo
Catalog ID: CD 050
Squidco Product Code: 24007

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1997
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Case
Tracks 1 and 4 recorded live at the 13th Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville on 19 May 1996.

Tracks 5 to 9 recorded at the studio at Friends Meeting House studio, Welwyn Garden City, England, in February 1997.

Tracks 10/11 recorded live at the Conway Hall, London, in May 1995.


Chris Burn-piano, percussion, composer

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Artist Biographies:

Chris Burn, piano: "Following on from a relatively formal music education and a few years of involvement in Jazz, the beginning of the 1980s saw Burn thoroughly embracing freely improvised music. His pianism was almost exclusively devoted to inside playing. In 1985 the large group 'Ensemble' was formed and have subsequently made five CDs and given concerts in the UK, mainland Europe and Canada; along with a number of radio broadcasts. Burn often performed as soloist; both improvising but also playing Henry Cowell and John Cage.

In 1993 he made a CD of a selection of Cowell's piano pieces and made a programme for BBC R3. He has played numerous concerts and festivals in UK, Europe and Canada both as soloist, with Ensemble and with a host of improvisers from around the world. Since 2000 he has renewed his work in both composition and arranging; writing a number of pieces for solo piano and pieces for brass and percussion along with arrangements of improvisations by Derek Bailey and recordings of Alan Lamb. He continues to perform as both pianist and as trumpet player. In recent years he has performed twice at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival with groups led by John Butcher and Simon Fell.

In addition he is participating of the Reverse Collection exhibition at the Tate Modern, Summer 2016."

-Chris Burn Website (

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track listing:

1. Storyfall 19:24

2. Music For Three Rivers 17:35

3. Winter Was Here 5:26

4. Helmut's Bag 2:14

5. Meditation Upon Fountain 2:57

6. Second Meditation Upon Fountain 4:24

7. Third Meditation Upon Fountain 1:31

8. The December Light 2:02

9. Tall Wind Dragging 1:13

10. Stinging 5:54

11. Touching Delta 5:54
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"Music for Three Rivers presents four improvisations (totaling 45 minutes) from British pianist Chris Burn's performance at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville in May 1996, as well as five studio recordings from February 1997 and two pieces in concert at Conway Hall in London, May 1995. The previous solo piano CD released by the Victo label was by another British musician, Keith Tippett -- and Burn and Tippett are two opposite musicians, really. In comparison to the dramatic and intense Mujician pianist, Burn sounds a little dry and uninvolved. If his playing is not downright cold, it surely remains at a more cerebral than emotional level. The album starts with two long-range improvisations (19 and 18 minutes respectively). They sustain the listener's interest through the rich creativity and sound palette, as the pianist moves objects around the instrument's insides. The title track is one of the improviser's best recorded efforts, a captivating journey inside the piano, full of surprising sounds. Next there is a set of shorter pieces (one to six minutes) more closely exploring specific piano preparations. The longer cuts are more engaging, the shorter get a bit clinical, and the three "Meditation Upon Fountain" tracks are simply tiresome with their endlessly repeated tone clusters. It is hard to understand how these and the cinematic "Music for Three Rivers" could have come out of the same hands."-Francois Couture, All Music

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