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Album Review

Apartment House: John Cage Number Pieces

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Even though it is only based on two of the label's previous releases—Wandelweiser und so weiter (2012) and Morton Feldman Piano (2019)— the reputation of Another Timbre box sets is enviably high. The music they contain, their sound quality, information, artwork and packaging all contribute to the fact that these albums are highly rated and sell like hot cakes. Like its predecessors, John Cage Number Pieces does not cast its net too wide or spread itself too thin. As its ...


Album Review

Adrián Demoč: Hlaholika

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Hlaholika (the word is the name of a now unused Slav font) is Adrián Demoč's third album, following the brief Zikkurat / Variations For Piano (and/OAR, 2010) and the very promising Žiadba (Another Timbre, 2019). Another Timbre must have been impressed by Demoč, as he was one of four composers that the label chose in March 2020 to each write a “quarantine commission" during the covid lockdown in Europe. Sitting at the heart of this album, its title track is ...


Album Review

Jim O’Rourke: Best that you do this for me

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Yes, that is the same Jim O'Rourke who was once a member of Sonic Youth, and was responsible for the awesome Nic Roeg tetralogy of albums on Drag City, among other milestones. One such achievement was that O'Rourke played for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for four years; as luck would have it, Apartment House founder and cellist Anton Lukoszevieze also performed with the company towards the end of their time, which brought him into contact with O'Rourke's music and, ...


Album Review

Judith Hamann: Days Collapse

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Judith Hamann's Days Collapse is the second of Another Timbre's four “quarantine commissions," following hard on the heels of Repetition of the Same Dream (Another Timbre, 2020) by Clara de Asís & Mara Winter. Hamann is an Australian-born, Berlin-based cellist and composer who holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from University California San Diego, where she majored in contemporary cello performance. At the time, a recently-arrived artist in residence with the Helsinki International Artist Program, during lockdown, from March to ...


Album Review

Lucio Capece & Werner Dafeldecker: Iteration

Read "Iteration" reviewed by John Eyles

When the Another Timbre label was set up in 2006-7, its releases were intended to be a balance between modern composition and free improv. Over time, that intention shifted gradually so that the majority of the label's more recent releases have been modern composition. Of course, the distinction between composition and improvisation is not watertight, as many modern composers allow performers leeway when interpreting their pieces. This is mentioned here because the two tracks on Iteration are not compositions but ...


Album Review

Magnus Granberg: Let Pass My Weary Guiltless Ghost

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Some eight years after his Another Timbre debut, Ist Gefallen In Der Schnee (2012), the good news for followers of Swedish composer-performer Marcus Granberg is that Let Pass My Weary Guiltless Ghost--his ninth release on the label in as many years--is one of his best yet. Further good news is that this album features a ten-member Skogen, the group which has performed on four of the previous eight. Recorded in Stockholm in November 2019, this time out the group is ...


Album Review

Luiz Henrique Yudo & Apartment House: Chamber Works

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Founded in 1994, Apartment House soon became the leading ensemble playing experimental music in the UK. Chamber Works, featuring the ensemble playing compositions by the Brazilian-born Amsterdam-resident Luiz Henrique Yudo, was released in March 2020 (just as the 2020 global pandemic was gathering momentum). A concert to celebrate Apartment House's twenty-fifth anniversary was scheduled for April 24th, in London, hosted by Another Timbre and the Music We'd Like To Hear (MWLTH) concert series; at it, Apartment House were to perform ...


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