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Content by tag "Keith Rowe"

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

String Theory 2016

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String Theory
13 North Great Georges Street
jny: Dublin, Ireland
May 20-21, 2016

String Theory, a two-day celebration of avant-garde guitar craft was no ordinary festival. The fact that the music was experimental, largely improvised and inherently risk-laden isn't what set this inaugural Dublin festival apart, after all it's what ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Keith Rowe and John Tilbury: Enough still not to know

Read "Enough still not to know" reviewed by John Eyles

It was back in late 2011 that the last collaboration between Keith Rowe and John Tilbury was issued, E.E. Tension and Circumstance (Potlatch, 2011), having been recorded live in Paris in December 2010. As that was their second duo recording, following the double CD Duos for Doris (Erstwhile, 2003), and they had not played together since ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Mural: Tempo

Read "Tempo" reviewed by John Eyles

The most significant thing about Tempo is that it was recorded live in concert at the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas. This octagonal space (pictured on the album cover, right) opened in 1971, a year after Mark Rothko's death. It is sparsely furnished and painted white, with fourteen of Rothko's late works--large black canvasses--displayed around its ...

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Three From Intonema

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When the ninth and tenth releases on St. Petersburg's Intonema label were released, it was noteworthy that neither of them featured a Russian musician, despite the label's catalogue previously featuring such notable Russians as saxophonist Ilia Belorukov, bass guitarist Mikhail Ershov and pianist Alexey Lapin alongside a distinguished cast of fine overseas players. Happily, the label's ...

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Punkt Festival 2014

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Punkt Festival
Kristiansand, Norway
September, 4-6, 2014

Kristiansand, home of the Annual Punkt Festival for the past decade, is a municipality situated on the southernmost point of Norway at the Skagerrag strait. It has a population of 86,000 (the greater urban area, 155,000) and is the county capital of Vest- Agder.

Stephan Meidell: Cascades

Read "Cascades" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Norwegian, Bergen-based guitarist Stephan Meidell--known as a member of the experimental-improvising trio Cakewalk (Wired and Transfixed, Hubro, 2012 and 2013)--solo debut puts him in the same league of other Norwegian guitarists as Eivind Aarset and Stian Westerhus who redefined and re-conceptualized the role of the electric guitar.

The Cascades project began in ...

ARTICLE: BOOK EXCERPTS

Trad Dads, Dirty Boppers, and Free Fusioneers: British Jazz, 1960-1975

Read "Trad Dads, Dirty Boppers, and Free Fusioneers: British Jazz, 1960-1975" reviewed by Duncan Heining

From Duncan Heining's Trad Dads, Dirty Boppers and Free Fusioneers (Equinox, 2012) and is taken from from Chapter 11, “The Best Things in Life are Free," which discusses free jazz and free improvisation in British jazz. In this section, Heining examines the early work of the avant-garde group AMM and discusses its philosophy and wider influence ...

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Insubordinations celebrates Swiss-Portuguese connections

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Since its inaugural release in 2006, the Swiss Insubordinations label and net label has issued over sixty albums, dedicated to improvised and/or electroacoustic music, as free-of-charge downloads and as limited editions on CD or CDr. Refreshingly, all Insubordinations releases remain fully downloadable under creative commons license.

If that were not enough, Insubordinations is also ...

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Two Sides of Fred Frith

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From the very start of his musical career, guitarist Fred Frith has been equally at home as an improviser, a songwriter or a combination of the two. His first group, the legendary Henry Cow, always featured a balance between songs that were used as a springboard for improvisation and free improvisations. In contrast, his debut solo ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Keith Rowe / John Tilbury: E.E.Tension and Circumstance

Read "E.E.Tension and Circumstance" reviewed by Mark Corroto

If it weren't for the sound of one hand clapping, we would have no resonance at all.

That snarky summation might best describe this hour-long duo performance by former AMM ensemble band mates Keith Rowe and John Tilbury. Like the zen koan “one hand clapping," this music evokes an almost instantaneous meditation.

Recorded just ...


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