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Jim O’Rourke: Best that you do this for me

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Yes, that is the same Jim O'Rourke who was once a member of Sonic Youth, and was responsible for the awesome Nic Roeg tetralogy of albums on Drag City, among other milestones. One such achievement was that O'Rourke played for the Merce Cunningham Dance Company for four years; as luck would have it, Apartment House founder ...


Pascal Marzan Alex Ward: (VU)

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Although (VU) is the first album on which guitarist Pascal Marzan and clarinetist & guitarist Alex Ward have collaborated as a duo, it comes as no surprise as (until Covid-19) each of them was a well-established repeat visitor to the late, great John Russell's monthly Mopomoso improvised music sessions at London's Vortex. (The YouTube clip below ...


From John Butcher’s Collection

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An old saying tells us it is an ill wind that blows nobody any good. In the case of Covid-19 and its repercussions, many people would have to wrack their brains to think of any good that ill wind had blown to anyone. Musically, though, there is an increasing number of impressive album releases that were ...


Two 2020 releases from Stefan Thut

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Back in 2016, when two albums by Swiss cellist and composer Stefan Thut were released within weeks of one another, it was pertinent to comment on the relative slimness of his discography. When autumn 2020 saw the release of his Among hot on the heels of Atama, the comment remained true, the intervening years having brought ...


Apartment House on Another Timbre

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In 1995 cellist Anton Lukoszevieve formed the group Apartment House. With between forty and fifty musicians listed as members —including such illustrious names as violinists Angharad Davies and Mira Benjamin, pianist Philip Thomas and clarinetist Heather Roach alongside Lukoszevieve himself--the group has a flexible line-up which changes according to the music being performed (as in the ...


Judith Hamann: Days Collapse

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Judith Hamann's Days Collapse is the second of Another Timbre's four “quarantine commissions," following hard on the heels of Repetition of the Same Dream (Another Timbre, 2020) by Clara de Asís & Mara Winter. Hamann is an Australian-born, Berlin-based cellist and composer who holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from University California San Diego, where she ...


Hanna Schörken: Luma

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German voice artist Hanna Schörken covers so many activities that reading them can easily make one feel exhausted. A published writer and poet, she developed a personal, idiosyncratic approach to sound poetry and experimental voice. Having studied Jazz Singing and Musicology, she is both a jazz vocalist and a free improviser, involved in several projects in ...


Lucio Capece & Werner Dafeldecker: Iteration

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When the Another Timbre label was set up in 2006-7, its releases were intended to be a balance between modern composition and free improv. Over time, that intention shifted gradually so that the majority of the label's more recent releases have been modern composition. Of course, the distinction between composition and improvisation is not watertight, as ...


Two versions of one piece from Magnus Granberg

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Ever since Ist Gefallen In Der Schnee, written by Magnus Granberg and performed by his group Skogen, was released to great acclaim on Another Timbre in 2012, the label has issued a steady trickle of recordings by the Swedish composer. Only a couple of Granberg albums on INSUB have bucked the trend—one a composition commissioned for ...


Found Drowned: Clownslave

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The improvising trio Found Drowned comprises guitarist James O'Sullivan, a long-standing member of Eddie Prevost's Friday night improv workshop , bassist Peter Marsh and drummer Paul May, who together are one half of the quartet Fourth Page . The three first played together in 2010, releasing their eponymous first album in 2012. The studio-recorded Clownslave comprises ...


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