Much like conceptual artist Piero Manzoni's Merda d'artista
project, trumpeter Peter Evans
, pianist Agustí Fernández, and saxophonist Mats Gustafsson
present this all-acoustic improvisation session called Kopros Lithos
, or "fossilized dung."
In 1961, Manzoni set about to produce 90 cans of his own feces as a limited edition art piece. In 2007, one can sold at auction for 124,000 Euro.
This project refers to dinosaur droppings, a much prized fossil. Indeed, the group's sound (which is occasionally musical) draws from minimal improvisation, noise, and plenty of surprise. All three players are part of the cutting-edge tradition of improvised music: Gustafsson is regarded as the heir apparent to Peter Brötzmann
; Spaniard Fernández has been heard most recently with both Evan Parker
and Barry Guy
; and Evans is a jazz trumpet wunderkind who is featured in Mostly Other People Do the Killing
, as well as projects by Parker, Okkyung Lee
, and Mary Halvorson
As an archeological project, this recording is a rare artifact, documenting the collaboration of three important improvisers whose technique is paraded on each track. Sometimes they choose to walk a minimalist line, Fernández exploring the piano's insidesmuch of the time mimicking a percussionistwhile Gustafsson and Evans play with breathy sounds. In other spots, Gustafsson delivers his now-patented shout-smack saxophone punch and Evans brings his growling rumbles. Without the persistence of beat or the bounds of meter, the trio is free to exercise some serious kopros
noise-making, Some may think these challenging sounds merde, others an instant archaeological treasure.
Track Listing: My Fingers Were Glue; Man, This Stuff Is Rough; As Each Note Rang
True; What Would You Pay To Make It Go Away?
Personnel: Peter Evans: trumpet; Agustí Fernández: piano; Mats Gustafsson:
baritone saxophone, alto fluteophone.
Year Released: 2011
| Record Label: Multikulti Project
| Style: Modern Jazz