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Cameron, Lisa / Damon Smith / Alex Cunningham: Dawn Throws its First Knife (Balance Point Acoustics)

An exceptional example of fully free collective improvisation with an emphasis on string interaction from the trio of Lisa Cameron on drums & feedback, Damon Smith on double bass, and Alex Cunningham on violin, recording in the studio in the St. Louis area for five energetic and explorative improvisations, at time dense but with remarkable clarity and direction.
 

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Label: Balance Point Acoustics
Catalog ID: BPALTD11011
Squidco Product Code: 29887

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Bird Cloud Recording, in Edwardsville, Illinois, on January 5th, 2020, by Ryan Wasoba.


Personnel:

Lisa Cameron-drums, feedback

Damon Smith-double bass

Alex Cunningham-violin

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Artist Biographies:

"Lisa Cameron is an Austin, Texas drummer. She was originally born as Dave Cameron, hence the Alias. She is also known as Venison Whirled. She is know for her work with groups Sacrum, Sky City, Squat Thrust, & ST 37."

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/1032009-Lisa-Cameron)
5/5/2021

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"Damon Smith studied double bass with Lisle Ellis and has had lessons with Bertram Turezky, Joëlle Leandré, John Lindberg, Mark Dresser and others. Damon's explorations into the sonic palette of the double bass have resulted in a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. Visual art, film and dance heavily influence his music, as evidenced by his CAMH performance of Ben Patterson's Variations for Double Bass, collaborations with director Werner Herzog on soundtracks for Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World, and an early performance with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Damon has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including: Cecil Taylor, Marshall Allen (of Sun Ra's Arkestra), Henry Kaiser, Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Pisaro, Wadada Leo Smith, Marco Eneidi, Wolfgang Fuchs, Peter Brötzmann and Peter Kowald. After many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, and five great years in Houston, Texas working regularly with Alvin Fielder, Sandy Ewen, David Dove & Chris Cogburn, Damon will move to the Boston area in the fall of 2016. Damon has run Balance Point Acoustics record label since 2001, releasing music focusing on transatlantic collaborations between US and European musicians."

-Balance Point Acoustic Website (https://www.balancepointacoustics.com/damon-smith/)
5/5/2021

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"Alex Cunningham is a violinist, improviser, and visual artist based in St. Louis, MO. His work explores free improvisation, drone, noise, and minimalist composition. Cunningham has recently performed with Mark Shippy, Sandy Ewen, Damon Smith, Stefan Gonzalez, and Lisa Cameron and has ongoing collaborations with Chris Trull (under the Apathist! moniker), Kevin Harris, and Claire Rousay. Past collaborations include the groups Vernacular String Trio, Hess/Cunningham Duo, and Hardbody. Cunningham has released music on Close/Far Recordings, Personal Archives, Already Dead Tapes and Records, Fort Evil Fruit, and Astral Spirits.

Cunningham's collage work has appeared on various album covers and concert posters. He was named St. Louis' "Best Concert Poster Designer" by the Riverfront Times in 2015. His visual work has shown at Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, Resident Arts, Blank Space, and the Thomas Dunn Learning Center and has been featured on bus stops in St. Louis as part of St. Louis Metro's "Arts in Transit" initiative. "

-Alex Cunningham Website (https://www.alexcunninghamviolin.com/about)
5/5/2021

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track listing:


1. Transparent Gesturing 13:40

2. Ashes Stiff With Cold 7:56

3. Forest of Glass 9:51

4. Unforeseen Ciphers of the World 9:32

5. The Endless Instant 7:39
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Dawn Throws its First Knife is a compelling slab of creatively and freely improvised music from percussionist Lisa Cameron, bassist Damon Smith, and violinist Alex Cunningham. The album was recorded in January of this year, and will be released on October 30.

Not only does this trio explore textures, tempos, and dynamics, but they also do so with an unusual amount of energy and imagination. Of particular note are the dueling bows, as Smith and Cunningham both saw their respective instruments in a gritty and visceral style. Cameron backs this up with loose and exploratory patterns that are more irrhythmic rattling than rhythmic exposition - and yet it complements her bandmates perfectly. Of particular note is when Smith and Cunningham produce droning structures that are accompanied by Cameron employing extended techniques to do the same on her kit.

The result is a busy, dense, and information-rich outing. A fitting offering of improvised chaos to round out a chaotic year."-Mike Borella, Avant Music News


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