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Two commissioned pieces from Insub Meta Orchestra

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Formed in September 2010, Switzerland's then 40-member Insub Meta Orchestra (IMO) issued its first album Archive #1 on the Insubordinations label in March 2012, closely followed by the digital release of Archive #2 in December 2012 and, by then 29-strong, Archive #3 on the new Insub label in February 2015. Following the release of 13 and ...

Resting in a Fold of the Fog

Label: Potlatch Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Grounded Cloud / 2015-16; Hearing Metal 4 (Birds in Space) / 2010-11.

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Cristián Alvear, Seijiro Murayama: Karoujite

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Before coming together in this duo, the Chilean acoustic guitarist Cristián Alvear and the Japanese percussionist Seijiro Murayama were both well-established Potlatch artists. Alvear has built a reputation as a performer of compositions by Wandelweiser members such as Jürg Frey and Antoine Beuger, as exemplified by his fine album of Michael Pisaro pieces Melody, Silence (Potlatch, ...

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Michael Pisaro: Resting in a Fold of the Fog

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The popularity of Michael Pisaro is ongoing; the composer and guitarist now averages an impressive four releases a year, not all on Editions Wandelweiser, as was once the case, but across a variety of labels including his own Gravity Wave, and Erstwhile. Potlatch is a recent addition to the fold; this release is the second on ...

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Dante Boon / Jürg Frey: Clarinet (& Piano)

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Without doing an actual count of how many Another Timbre releases feature members of the Wandelweiser group, it is safe to say that they crop up regularly on the label both as composers and performers, with such names as Jürg Frey, Radu Malfatti, Michael Pisaro, Johnny Chang and Eva Maria Houben peppering the label's credits--not just ...

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Apartment House: Joseph Kudirka: Beauty and Industry

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Joseph Kudirka is a Michigan-born composer who studied at Northwestern University--where he met Michael Pisaro who was teaching there at the time--before following Pisaro to California Institute of the Arts, and then crossing the Atlantic to study for his PhD at Huddersfield University. Prior to composing, Kudirka's own musical history was as a bassist in local ...

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Intonema's Fifth Anniversary

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As it reaches the fifth anniversary of its first release, it seems a fitting time to reflect on how Intonema is progressing. Initially, the label attracted attention because it was based in St. Petersburg, on Russian soil, a novelty at the time. The early releases on the label featured Russian-based musicians, including the Intonema proprietors saxophonist ...

Melody, Silence

Label: Potlatch Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: Melody, Silence.

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Michael Pisaro, Cristián Alvear: Melody, Silence

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The irresistible rise of Buffalo-born composer and guitarist Michael Pisaro has been an ongoing phenomenon since the turn of the millennium. Initially, his recordings and scores were released on Edition Wandelweiser, fitting as he is a significant member of the Wandelweiser group. Gradually, like-minded labels such as Another Timbre, Cathnor, Compost & Height and Erstwhile also ...


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