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AMM alumni, pianist John Tilbury and guitarist Keith Rowe, join with Norwegian performer/conceptualist Kjell Bjorgeengen, whose work is often an amalgamation of sound waves, moving images and lights; here Kjell suggested a painting by Nicolas Poussin as a focal point for the trio's improvisation at this performance in Stavanger, Norway. ... Click to View


Tom Johnson : Spaces . An Hour For Piano (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Two works for solo piano from composer Tom Johnson and performed by Keiko Shichijo; "Spaces" was written after his teacher, Morton Feldman, helped Johnson elucidate his voice as a composer through a study of chords; "An Hour for Piano" was written in 1971 based on a series of short, improvisatory sketches written for modern dance, merged and expanded to exactly one hour. ... Click to View


Ian Brighton: Imaginings (FMR)

Looking back and fondly imagining some of the locations and configuration that UK guitarist Ian Brighton played in the 70s, Brighton developed the pieces on this album, each compositions varying the personnel from life-long partners (Taylor, Wachsmann, Mattos) to musicians Brighton has performed with since his 2016 return to improvisation (Carrier, Beresford, Metcalfe). ... Click to View


Shock Troops: Central Dada Time (FMR)

Recorded in 1989 and only now released, this studio album includes Pat Thomas on keys & electronics in a sextet with guitar & bass, synth, turntables, electronic wind instruments, drum machines, samplers, &c., merging ea-improv approaches with disruptively odd asides, fragmented voices, and swelling interventions, making something otherworldly out of then-revelatory technology. ... Click to View


Hifiklub: E Lisboa (Shhpuma)

A collaborative French instrumental rock band led by and with compositions from the core quartet of Anthony Belguise (drums), Jean-Loup Faurat (guitar), Regis Laugier (bass) and Nico Morcillo (guitar), with a list of 22 international guests across 8 songs and instrumentals, including Rafael Toral, Maria Radich, Paulo Furtado, Carlos Zingaro, Rui Carvalho, &c. ... Click to View


Franziska Baumann / Udo Schindler: Blue Sonic Vibrations (Creative Sources)

German saxophonist and leader of the Salon for Klang + Kunst started the Improx, or "The X for the Unknown and the Unheard" with Gunnar Geisse, here in the third edition of the series with Swiss free improvising vocalist Franziska Baumann, captured live at two performances in 2018 in Germany & Switzerland, for unusual, quick-witted and innovative interchanges. ... Click to View


Zwerv (Taubenfeld / Vicente / Lucifero / Zwerver / Chientaroli / ven der Weide / Hadow): Music From Any Moment (Creative Sources)

Guitarist Henk Zwerver leads this collective free improvising band in their second release, now extended to a septet with the addition of Salvoandrea Lucifero on trombone, joining Zwerver: Ziv Taubenfeld on bass clarinet, Luis Vicente on trumpet, Nico Chientaroli on piano, Raoul ven der Weide on double bass, objects, and George Hadow on drums. ... Click to View


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  Antenata 
  Antenata  
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   review by Phil Zampino
  2006-02-28
Antenata: Antenata (Ambiances Magnétiques)

Antenata is an Italian band that started with a meeting between Sabina Meyer and Daniella Cattivelli in the early 90's. Cattivelli, who plays saxophones and samplers, is known from the Italian groups Laboratorio di Musica e Immagine, Fastilio, and Mylicon/EN. Meyer, vocalist and theremin player, has worked with Elio Martusciello, Tristan Honsinger, Ig Henneman, Ab Baars, Alvin Curran, Paul Lovens, and Marianne Schuppe, amongst others. The recordings are from 2001, and were spawned from the intention of setting poems by important female poets who led unusual lives: Ingeborg Bachmann, Patrizia Cavalli, Marina Cvetaeva, Meret Oppenheim, Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Patrizia Valduga and Simone Weil. They are joined in this endeavor by a set of musicians from the Bologna scene: Angelo Berardi on violin, Aleksandar Caric on guitar, Pierangelo Galantino on doublebass and bass, and Fabrizio Spera on drums and electronics.

The music is an incredibly diverse set of ideas that include chamber rock, jazz and improv, experimental electronics, sophisticated pop, classical/chamber music, spoken word, sampled poetics and electro-acoustic music. Often in the same piece. The pacing of the release is superb, introducing ideas in their own time and allowing the music to build and disperse with clarity and great effect. Meyers is a superb vocalist, who's voice ranges from girlish pop to operatic drama, always with strength and assurance, while Cattivelli is a strong player with a powerful and expressive voice. The words are presented in the original languages of the poets - Italian, English, French and German. Interspersed electronics supplement the sophistication of the compositions, both as transitional pieces or to augment the excellent rapport of the musicians.

"Reigen; Bufera" is a good example of their thorougly modern and open-minded approach, an 11 minute piece that starts strongly in something akin to Henry Cow meets Amy Denio, followed by Meyer's subtle singing of the poem in German. The music settles down to a sparse interaction of bowed cymbals, violin and electronics, with Meyers eventually returning in a soft voice speaking over the improvisation. The piece swells and recedes as Meyer's voice aches over the words, while Cattivelli squonks and squeals in response. Meyer recedes again as the improvisation picks up, only to return as a scratchy and distant recorded voice with the music transitioning into something frantic and scratchy itself. This piece is followed by "My Boyfriend," a piece with an Amy Denio feel where Meyer sings "my boyfriend is an ashtray, and he's perfectly useless." Further comparisons to Motor Totemist Guild, Henry Cow or work by Jean Derome won't do justice to the diversity of the pieces or the strength of the ideas that created them. One of the most superb records you've probably never heard of.



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