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Pateras / Baxter / Brown: Bern.Melbourne.Milan (Immediata)

Since 2002 specializing in improvisation using prepared acoustic instruments, the Australian trio of Sean Baxter on drums, David Brown on prepared guitar, and Anthony Pateras on prepared piano release a double CD of archival and live recordings, including their first rehearsal in Princes Hill and their last recorded European concert in Milan; exceptional!

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UPC: 9345195011129

Label: Immediata
Catalog ID: IMM014
Squidco Product Code: 24981

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Australia
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at the Church Of All Nations, in Melbourne, Australia, in 2017, by Lachlan Carrick.


Sean Baxter-drums

David Brown-prepared guitar

Anthony Pateras-prepared piano

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Artist Biographies:

"Anthony Pateras is a composer and pianist. His works have been performed by The BBC Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Brett Dean, Jessica Aszodi as well as a large body of work for percussion by Synergy, Speak Percussion, Slagwerkgroep Den Haag, Vanessa Tomlinson, Diego Espinosa and the percussionists of the Basel Symphony.

Pateras is the producer/songwriter for tetema, a quartet with vocalist Mike Patton and frequent collaborators Will Guthrie (drums) and Erkki Veltheim (violin). Anthony has also performed concerts with Stephen O'Malley, Han Bennink, Paul Lovens, The Necks, eRikM, Valerio Tricoli, Anthony Burr, and has a working trio with Veltheim and trumpet virtuoso Scott Tinkler entitled North of North.

He has been commissioned by Radio France, SWR2 Baden-Baden, Melbourne Symphony, Kitchen Orchestra Stavanger, Muzzix Lille, Richard Tognetti, Lampo Chicago, Jérôme Noetinger, the National Gallery of Lithuania and Ensemble Hiatus through the French Ministry of Culture.

Pateras was the composer-in-residence at the Australian National Academy of Music in 2010, was nominated twice for the UNESCO Rostrum of Composers (2004, 2011) and is a recipient of the 2014 Myer Creative Fellowship.

Anthony has released over 30 albums on Tzadik, Editions Mego, Ipecac and on his own Immediata label. He holds a PhD in composition from Monash University, which explores intersections between composition, improvisation and electro-acoustic music."

-Anthony Pateras Website (

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track listing:


1. Inland 1 09:34

2. Inland 2 05:52

3. Inland 3 06:46

4. Inland 4 11:20

5. Bern 2 11:18

6. Bern 3 08:29

7. Bern 4 10:57


1. McIlwraith 1 09:17

2. McIlwraith 4 14:21

3. Milan 2 12:32

4. Milan 3 05:36

5. Milan 5 07:40
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Archival and live recordings from Australia's premiere prepared acoustic improvising trio. Formed in 2002, Melbourne's Pateras/Baxter/Brown toured heavily between 2004 and 2008, playing a regular residency at the Empress in North Fitzroy in between extensive European tours. They performed multiple concerts in classical, electronic, jazz, grindcore and avant-improvised contexts while maintaining a unique sonic personality of considerable depth and breadth, gathering a cult following from across the broad aesthetic spectrum they inhabited.


After a 6 year hiatus the band reunited for some new recordings at the Inland Concert Series in 2017, which are paired with a hilarious and legendary show at the Dachstock Reithalle in Bern from 2006. Disc 2 documents their first rehearsal in Princes Hill, as well as their last recorded European concert in Milan after playing a sextet tour with The Necks in 2008. This is the 14th release in the Immediata series, beautifully presented on ruby recycled cardboard with silver hot stamped text on front, featuring an extended 32-page essay by drummer Sean Baxter. Mastered by Lachlan Carrick at Moose Mastering."-Immediata


"Sad to say it, but these two are the final releases by the Immediata series, a label run by Anthony Pateras. Not just a label to release a CD with great music, but each of the releases came with an extensive booklet, in which (one of them) performing musician(s) gets a lot of space to explain or discuss the music at hand; through personal memories but also through philosophical notes about such notions as 'what is music', 'what is composition' and 'what is improvisation'. All of these topics are touched upon by Sean Baxter, who discusses the four live recordings on the double CD from the trio of himself on drums, David Brown on prepared guitar and Anthony Pateras on prepared guitar. His story follows the development of the trio from when they started out in 2002 up to the present day. The first disc has seven pieces from two concerts and the second disc has five pieces from two concerts; although the first two are recorded during the trio's very first rehearsal in 2002, so maybe not great a concert recording ('when is a concert a concert?', a topic that I didn't see covered yet).


I remember their first release, Ataxia, in 2004 and declaring it later on as one of the best discs of that year (see Vital Weekly 427); later releases were also great but never beat the surprise of the first one. Three of the four recordings are from a period when they were really active (and yet I somehow missed out on seeing them live, ever) and then there is a recording from 2017, after a period when they didn't play together for six years. It is with this recording that the double CD starts and over the years they seemed to have become a bit more 'mellow' in their improvisations. Before it was all spikey and edgy, with a lot of cracking sounds, a very vibrant mood. Now it seems less edgy but the still keep their vibrancy, which is great. The instruments can be recognized in their original form and yet it also sounds distinctly different. With all the preparations going on they occasionally (or perhaps; a lot!) sound like a percussion trio. Especially on their earliest pieces, they have that harshness in their music that I liked so much. They play very hectically, partly even noise based free improvisation, with many sounds tumbling over each other and in their 2002 recording it sounds very acoustic, very dry, very direct, which added a great quality to the music. The space in which the music is recorded plays no role here, unlike in the Milan, which follows; a big space in which the sounds can resonate around easily, adding new colours to the already lively music. Excellent stuff!"-Fran de Waard, Vital Weekly

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