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Ross Bolleter delivers on a promise he never made but has always suggested, throughout his long and distinguished musical career. On Night Kitchena reference to a crepuscular event with the ruined pianos in questionhe succeeds in producing what should go down in the history of music as an amazing document that furthers the cause of improvised music. The music of Bolleter's ruined pianos possess an element of surprise; even if their sound is a fixed featureas characterized by the finality of the sound they produceby striking notes in consonance with the vast array of permutations and combinations at his disposal, Bolleter has composed a series of pieces that are studies in the sound of surprise.
Naming the studies somewhat dampens their pioneering spirit. Nevertheless, on songs like "Gong Heaven" and "Asmodea," the wisdom of Bolleter's nomenclature is borne out. The sonic journeys of both studies, and their given names, are apt and inspired. The endless joy of the musical journey continues unabated throughout the album, no matter that the names of songs may be intrusive. The fascinating sound and the effect of each note are hypnotic and memorable, with "Torque," "Nocturnal" and "Her Long Night's Festival" all cases in point. s> A question that this recording raises is: What happens to the impromptu nature of these fourteen compositions, now that they have been preserved in time, as a recording? Bolleter, who is known for his deconstruction of all rational norms of composition, would likely answer this by performing these very songs in completely new ways the next time around. However, the spontaneity of this recording will forever be remembered, as will the spirited nature of its sound. These pieces are superb and entertaining, full of the splendid verve and excitement that the most memorable modern music has to offer.
Track Listing: The Red Way; Goya's Dog; Salt; Ravine; Gong Heaven; Cohabitation; Kiss Kiss; Asmodea; Torque; Five; Nocturnal; Rear View; Her Long Night's Festival; Night Sky at Tjunta.
Personnel: Ross Bolleter: Five ruined pianos played simultaneously.
The best show I ever attended was going with my father to see Dizzy Gillespie play at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. Dizzy was a man full of charisma and play. He managed to get four different sections of the audience to sing four different vocal parts in one song
The best show I ever attended was going with my father to see Dizzy Gillespie play at the Royal Festival Hall in London, England. Dizzy was a man full of charisma and play. He managed to get four different sections of the audience to sing four different vocal parts in one song. He captured everyone's attention and got us all up on our feet dancing alongside him to this incredible music we call jazz.