Marilyn Crispell - Tanya Kalmanovitch - Richard Teitelbaum: Dream LibrettoBy
An eerie calm cloaks "I" propelled by Teitelbaum's ultra-low register and barely detectable drone that underscores Crispell's poignant and resonating chord progressions, as if she were experiencing an extrasensory link from her psyche to her hands. Moreover, a touch of reverb and her capacious voicings sound as though she's performing in a cathedral. But Teitelbaum commences to mimic a sense of peril with menacing panoramas via his peculiar EFX permutations. However, "IV" is an experimental solo concerto by the violinist, shaded with stark and thorny soundscapes, and "V" is built around the pianist's cyclical ostinato and somber melody lines.
Turning to the second part of this outing, "Unburying the Silences" begins with Crispell and Kalmanovitch performing experimental chamber jazz pieces. Here, the duo engages in counterpoint, call and response passages and nervy interactions to offset dainty phrasings, which are also evident on "Where Water Moves." Essentially, the artists enact reflective themes amid Crispell's walking lines and the violinist's subdued staccato motifs, although they step up the pace and venture into forceful advances and open-ended dialogues before throttling back to temperate discourses. During "Walked Through To Sleep," the duo renders numerous episodic plots, and skirts minimalism, while fusing remorse, sadness and constructing a placid theme. It's a captivating production that bestows impassioned and quietly-penetrating qualities, in contrast to the somewhat emblematic high-strung and overly cerebral free-form improv fests.
I; II; III; IV; V; Climb To A Whisper; Unburying The Silences; Dark Reflection; Where Water Moves; Stones Remain Still; Walked Through To Sleep; Stars Visible And Invisible.
Marilyn Crispell: piano; Tanya Kalmanovitch: violin; Richard Teitelbaum: electronics.
Title: Dream Libretto | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Leo Records
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