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Keith Rowe / John Tilbury: E.E.Tension and Circumstance

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If it weren't for the sound of one hand clapping, we would have no resonance at all.That snarky summation might best describe this hour-long duo performance by former AMM ensemble band mates Keith Rowe and John Tilbury. Like the zen koan “one hand clapping," this music evokes an almost instantaneous meditation.Recorded just outside of Paris in December 2010 at Les Instants Chavirés, this duo brings together two legends of British improvisation not heard together on record since Duos for Doris (Erstwhile, 2003). Rowe's, while purposefully non-musical does summon a sort of mechanical euphonic. Playing ...

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Keith Rowe and John Tilbury: E.E. Tension and Circumstance

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Keith Rowe & John Tilbury E.E. Tension and Circumstance Potlatch2011 It happens every year. Just as the old year is drawing to a close, after the best-of-the-year lists have been compiled and published, a release arrives just too late to make those lists but deserving to feature in their upper echelons. For 2011, E.E. Tension and Circumstance was the one. Pairing Keith Rowe on guitar and John Tilbury on piano for the first time since Rowe's departure from AMM in 2004, E.E. Tension and Circumstance has to be seen ...

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Martin Küchen / Keith Rowe / Seymour Wright: (No title)

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Curiously, this untitled CD is released as part of Another Timbre's Guitar Series. True, Keith Rowe has a long and distinguished career as an improvising guitarist, dating back to the mid 60's and before. But over recent years he has steadily reduced the role of the actual guitar and correspondingly increased the role of electronics to the point where they are now dominant. At the time this recording was made, the only vestigial trace of a guitar in Rowe's set up was a finger trainer, a device used by classical guitarists to train their fingers. It was joined by various ...

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Keith Rowe: One Bird Flying Through

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In early June 2009, multi-instrumentalist Keith Rowe made one of his rare visits to London to play a concert at Cafe Oto as part of Another Timbre's Unnamed Music Festival in a trio with saxophonists Martin Kuchen and Seymour Wright, before heading north to Leeds to play another set the following evening with the same trio. Having been in the audience for the first night of the festival--and seeing fine sets by Sebastian Lexer and Aleks Kowalski, Rhodri Davies, Lee Patterson, Louisa Martin and Lucio Capece, and by Tom Chant, Angharad Davies, Benedict Drew and John Edwards--on the second night, ...

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Keith Rowe: Mixing Soundscapes and Politics at Musrara Mix Festival in Jerusalem

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Keith Rowe Musrara Mix Festival #8Naggar School of Photography, Media and New Music Jerusalem, Israel May 27, 2008

Music, at least apart from recorded documentation, may be the most impermanent art. Yet there are many musicians or concerts that can leave a lasting mark, altering the way we perceive music, the music- creating process and its very importance to our personal lives. Keith Rowe's 30-minute concert at the annual multidisciplinary festival produced by the Naggar School of Photography, Media and New Music was such a deep experience. Rowe, a founding member of ...

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Keith Rowe / Toshimaru Nakamura: Between

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Although it was released some six months ago, there has been a reluctance to rush into print with judgments of this album. In common with other Erstwhile releases, this is music that takes time to properly percolate into the brain and leave its mark.

Together and separately, Rowe and Nakamura are Erstwhile's most recorded artists and, with this album, the first grouping to have a second release on the label. Their first, Weather Sky was recorded and released in 2001. At the time, it sounded revolutionary and extraordinary; Nakamura's use of no-input mixing board to subtly shape and modulate a ...

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Evan Parker/Keith Rowe: Dark Rags

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Headlines: The two giants, Evan Parker and Keith Rowe, of British improvisation over the past 35 years, finally get together for this historic duo recording. Rowe, a founding member of AMM along with Eddie Prevost in 1965, has taken the concept of the guitar as an instrument to the most abstract degree. He plays with the guitar on a flat surface, treating it as an electric processor, utilizing feedback and finessed noises for effect. His constructions are at the expense of a deconstructive guitar. Evan Parker was/is a descendant of John Coltrane's musical logic. He took up where Expression leaves ...



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