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Michael Pisaro

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Tombstones

Label: Elsewhere
Released: 2021
Track listing: Blues Fall; Fool; New Orleans; I didn't say anything; Silent Cloud; Tombstone; A Stranger; Unmoon; Stop; A better way of life; Why.

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Article: Album Review

Barbara Dang & Muzzix: Michael Pisaro: Tombstones

Read "Michael Pisaro: Tombstones" reviewed by John Eyles


Here we have a recording with a history, one which needs to be told in order to set it in context. “Tombstones" is the collective name of twenty songs composed by Michael Pisaro between 2006 and 2010 (before his marriage to Cherlyn Hsing-Hsin Liu led to his surname change to Pisaro-Liu). In 2012, eleven of those ...

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Article: Album Review

Insub Meta Orchestra: Ten / Sync

Read "Ten / Sync" reviewed by John Eyles


During the Covid-19 lockdown, the INSUB label managed to maintain a steady flow of excellent new releases, both digital and on CD. These tended to be by duos or trios, such as Ize (INSUB, 2020), by the trio of Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Pierre-Yves Martel & Philip Zoubek, or Paratopia (INSUB, 2021), by Jason Khan & Antoine ...

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Elsewhere Piano Series No. 2

Read "Elsewhere Piano Series No. 2" reviewed by John Eyles


When Elsewhere released its three-album Piano Series No.1 in the summer of 2019, the All About Jazz review of it concluded as follows,"This Piano Series consists of three distinctively different recordings, any one of which would have attracted attention and plaudits in its own right. It is a measure of the quality of the series that ...

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Two commissioned pieces from Insub Meta Orchestra

Read "Two commissioned pieces from Insub Meta Orchestra" reviewed by John Eyles


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 ...

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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

Read "Karoujite" reviewed by John Eyles


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

Read "Resting in a Fold of the Fog" reviewed by John Eyles


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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Article: Album Review

Dante Boon / Jürg Frey: Clarinet (& Piano)

Read "Clarinet (& Piano)" reviewed by John Eyles


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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