Leonel Kaplan/Christof Kurzmann/Eden Carrasco: Casa Corp (2012)
The music consists of one 33-minute track recorded in December, 2011 at Buenos Aires' Casa Co. It opens so quietly that it might appear that there's a sound system malfunction; only after two minutes have elapsed are any kind of sounds detectablethe most minimal traces of breathing, passing through instruments, coupled with electronic noise. This opening effectively functions as a Cageian silence, only being broken (just before the 4' 33" mark, incidentally) by Kurzmann's voice intoning "The Red Flag," accompanied by textural soundsmore breath, and key popping from Carrasco and Kaplan. As always, Kurzmann's instantly recognizable vocals are stylized but extremely affecting in a well-matched combination of voice, electronics and instrumental sounds.
After the vocals end, the piece continues as a three-way improvisation in which the trumpet and saxophone intersperse conventional notes with breathy sounds, combining with Kurzmann's electronic tones into an atmospheric soundscape rich in detail and depth. Some five minutes from the end, Kurzmann reprises his vocal performance of "The Red Flag" before a final coda of silence brings the piece to a satisfyingly symmetrical close. As a whole, Casa Corp is well-constructed and equally well-performed, the kind of piece that will handsomely repay repeated listening.
Track Listing: Casa Corp.
Personnel: Edén Carrasco: alto saxophone; Christof Kurzmann: voice, electronics; Leonel Kaplan: trumpet.
Record Label: Dromos Records