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Dominic Lash: Opabinia

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As British bassist Dominic Lash explains in the liners to his Quartet's debut Opabinia, both the album and several of the tracks on it are named after extinct creatures excavated as fossils from the Burgess Shale of British Columbia. That inspiration arises from both the fabulous nature of the animals and paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould's musings on contingency: the role of chance in determining which members of this fauna survived and which disappeared. Lash draws a parallel with how chance events by improvisers exert an influence on the ensuing music. Such a fancy tells you a lot about the music ...

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Dominic Lash and Ricardo Tejero together

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Among a host of other activities too numerous to catalogue, bassist Dominic Lash and saxophonist / clarinetist Ricardo Tejero are both long-standing stalwarts of the London Improvisers Orchestra, so it was almost inevitable that they would gravitate towards each other in a smaller grouping at some point, as had happened with other LIO regulars. But, as these recordings illustrate, they now collaborate not just in one grouping but two with similarly eclectic repertoires. Lash has history in jazz and free improvising groups but, in recent years, has increasingly performed more modern compositions, notably by Wandelweiser members. Tejero began as a ...



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