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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2018, Part 1

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Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville
Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada
May 17-18, 2018

Keeping a middle-aged festival such as the Festival International de Musique Actualle de Victoriaville fresh and relevant is a challenge, but the program for this year's 34th edition of FIMAV assembled by ...


Rova Orkestrova: No Favorites!

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Ever since its formation in 1977, Rova, the pioneering West Coast saxophone quartet, has been augmenting its ranks to explore structured improvisation. No Favorites! pays homage to Lawrence D. “Butch" Morris, the inventor of Conduction, a revolutionary system for organizing large-ensemble improvisation using coded gestures. This ambitious album epitomizes a working relationship that Rova began with ...


Rova Channeling Coltrane: Electric Ascension

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John Coltrane's Ascension (Impulse, 1965) stands as a seminal moment in the development of modern jazz, presenting structured large group improvisation which renounced both the form and content of almost all previous models. It was never performed live, and this was one of the facts which initially captured the attention of the now venerable ROVA Saxophone ...


Jorrit Dijkstra: Music for Reeds and Electronics - Oakland

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Il sassofonista e compositore olandese Jorrit Dijkstra, classe 1966, da anni negli States e allievo di Steve Lacy, Misha Mengelberg e Bob Brookmeyer, presenta in questo lavoro una serie di composizioni per quintetto di sole ance, nelle quali però sperimenta anche l'uso dell'elettronica.

Al suo fianco troviamo musicisti importanti, tra i quali spicca--specie ...


Anthony Braxton: Eight (+1) Tristano Compositions 1989 For Warne Marsh

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Long valued as an elusive, out of print collector's item, the recently reissued Eight (+1) Tristano Compositions 1989 For Warne Marsh offers listeners another opportunity to reevaluate composer Anthony Braxton's vibrant reinterpretation of the groundbreaking pianist's work. Dedicated to the tenor saxophonist most commonly associated with pianist Lennie Tristano's oeuvre, this 1989 session originally included versions ...


Jon Raskin and Clara Harryman: Open Box

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Among the varied collaborations between poets and musicians, or the adaptation of poetry to music, the setting of Carla Harryman's genre-busting poetry to improvised music by ROVA Saxophone Quartet's Jon Raskin is outstanding. Not only because of Harryman's avant-garde poetic language--often focusing on the language itself, its contradictions and shortcomings--subverting its attempts to capture the fleeting ...


Various Artists: Earth Music - Ten Years of Meridian Music: Composers in Performance

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Earth Music commemorates a decade of musical art presentations by the forward-thinking Bay Area Gallery founded on and operating under the firm conviction that significant art increases social, philosophical and spiritual change. It seems popular now to support the new music, which by those two words seems to imply--and this is becoming odious too--the entire artistic ...


Larry Ochs: The Celestial Septet & We All Feel The Same Way

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ROVA Sax Quartet/Nels Cline Singers

The Celestial Septet

New World Records


Jones Jones

We All Feel The Same Way



The synchronicity and boundless energy that separate great groupwork from everything else pervades these ...

Jon Raskin

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01. Ramoo Prasad Shastri - Anu Gooni: Violin Music to Make Your Heart Vibrate (Soulfelt Music - 2008). Splendida musica Hindustani per violino. 02. Marc Blitzstein - First Life: Rare Early Works (Other Minds - 2009). Musica da camera inedita e raramente suonata.. 03. Phillip Johnston - Page of Madness (Asynchronous - 2009). Musica scritta appositamente da Phillip Johnston per il ...


Jon Raskin: Quartet

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Racconta Jon Raskin nelle note che accompagnano il debutto del suo nuovo quartetto di aver pensato a questo disco in termini grafici prima che musicali, attraverso un sistema di notazioni concepito nel corso di lunghe passeggiate nei pressi di Oakland, California. D'altro canto nella storia recente della musica creativa tout court, da Scelsi a Braxton, le forme inusuali ...