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Matthews, Wade / Carmen Morales: Fall Five Improvisations (Aural Terrains)

Inspired by and recorded at the basilica of a former monastery overlooking a valley in southern Spain, the duo of Wade MatthInspired by and recorded at the basilica of a former monastery overlooking a valley in southern Spain, the duo of Wade Matthews on digital synthesis & field recordings and Carmen Morales on prepared piano, present improvisations with a unique palette of timbres, contrasting spacious moments against rapid interaction as they "Plunge and Tumble" through five captivating dialogs.ews on digital synthesis & field recordings and Carmen Morales on prepared piano, present improvisations with a unique palette of timbres, contrasting spacious moments with rapid interaction as they "Plunge and Tumble" through five captivating dialogs.
 

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Wade Matthews-digital synthesis, field recordings

Carmen Morales-prepared piano


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Label: Aural Terrains
Catalog ID: TRRN1649
Squidco Product Code: 32247

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2022
Country: UK
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded at Bodegas Descalzos Viejos, Ronda, in August, 2021, Recorded by Wade Matthews.

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"The five pieces presented here were recorded over the course of two days in the deconsecrated basilica of a former monastery perched above the valley on the edge of Ronda in southern Spain. Beneath the impassive gaze of Saints Justa and Rufina, who look down from a fresco above, the grand piano, electroacoustics and recording equipment found their place among banks of oak casks filled with aging wine whose gurgling fermentation is audible in the background of some tracks." -Wade Matthews



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"In 1989, after completing his doctorate at Columbia University in New York, French-born American musician Wade Matthews moved to Madrid and became active on the international improv scene. Drawing on his work at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center (His doctoral dissertation was on improvisation guided by electronic sounds) he approached the bass clarinet and alto flute as "acoustic synthesizers," rethinking their sonic possibilities, phrasing, and relation to breath in a musical language based on real-time creation. When faster processors made laptop synthesis viable, Matthews gradually abandoned the woodwinds and returned to his first love, tweaking a virtual synthesizer to allow very rapid control of sound parameters for solo playing and dialog with others. In 2007, he founded INTERMEDIA 28 with photographer Adam Lubroth and guitarist Julio Camarena. There, he began to combine field recordings with electronic synthesis in a 2-computer setup that has since become his main instrument.

Matthews has presented his work on five continents, including performances at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Center for the Arts in Mexico City, the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Reina Sofía Museum of Contemporary Art in Madrid, The Stone, in New York; Fylkingen, in Stockholm, and concerts and festivals in London, Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, Montevideo, Barcelona, Beirut, Cape Verde, Lisbon, Dublin, Oslo, etc. Besides his concerts, Matthews is interested in sharing ideas about music and his activity as a lecturer and visiting professor has taken him to the Paris Conservatory, the University of California, San Diego; the California Art Institute, Columbia University, the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico; the American University of Beirut, Limerick University in Ireland, and many, many others."

-Wade Matthews Website (http://www.wadematthews.info/Wade_Matthews/ABOUT.html)
5/23/2024

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"Carmen Morales (born, 1990): Pianist, keyboardist, sound artist. Music Researcher.

She trained at the Superior Conservatory of Malaga (Spain) and the Musikhochschule Stuttgart (Germany) under the direction of Nicolas Hodges, obtaining a specialization in contemporary music performance. She is also qualified as a piano accompanist from Trinity College London.

During 2017, she completed her research on the Physical-Acoustic Dimension of the Prepared Piano, using it as a master's thesis in the specialty of Musical Research at UNIR (Spain). This project was constantly supported by public broadcast concerts and conferences in Spain, Colombia and the United States.

Her activity as a professional pianist began in 2013 and she has performed in countries in Europe, North America and South America as a soloist and as a member of Ensembles of contemporary music.

She is currently a member of the direction of the Duro Vino collective and works on several collective and personal projects focused on the musical production and interpretation of Ibero-American composers and free improvisation with prepared piano and electronics."

-DuroVino Art Collective (Translated by Google) (https://durovino.com/carmenmorales/)
5/23/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Aspen 6:55

2. Abscission I 6:04

3. Plunge And Tumble 5:56

4. Abscission II 3:48

5. Hawthorn 19:51

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