CD Reviews

AMM – Place sub. v.

March 9, 2014

CD Matchless Recordings I’ll be honest I didn’t expect to ever be surprised by AMM again. But then, maybe surprised isn’t the right word to use here. Over the last couple of decades I have never failed to be anything but awestruck when placed in front of the music of Eddie Prévost and John Tilbury, […]

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Vinyl Reviews

Oren Ambarchi, John Tilbury – The Just Reproach

February 22, 2014

Vinyl Black Truffle This album was released a few months back now, during a time when I was finding it hard to commit anything to these pages. Such is its beauty however that I have held it back from the dozens of discs that I sadly have had to shelve away without writing a word […]

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CD Reviews

PST – Live in Rome

April 29, 2013

CD Auditorium An unexpected release this one, a 2005 recording of the Prévost/Tilbury incarnation of AMM alongside an Italian trombonist named Giancarlo Schiaffini, released this year under the trio name PST on an Italian label that seems to primarily release DVDs featuring artists as diverse as Oscar Wilde, Bruce Springsteen and David Bowie. A curious […]

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Concert Reviews

Variable Formations. Café Oto, February 16th 2013

February 18, 2013

I guess it was always inevitable that Saturday night’s concert at Café Oto would produce exceptionally beautiful music. The six musicians that curator Simon Reynell brought together were each skilled performers whose normal areas of activity showed considerable overlap. The plan was for established sub-groups and solos to present their work in the first half […]

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CD Reviews

John Tilbury – For Tomasz Sikorski

October 19, 2012

CD Bocian / Bolt Joint release. I’ll be honest, before purchasing this release I had not heard of the Polish composer Tomasz Sikorski,  Scouring the internet for information on him reveals little more beyond a lengthy list of works covering orchestral, chamber, electronic/tape and solo instrumental settings and that he spent considerable time in Paris […]

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CD Reviews

AMM – Two London Concerts

October 12, 2012

CD Matchless A new AMM album then, always a welcome arrival, capturing two relatively recent London performances from the duo of Eddie Prévost and John Tilbury. one of which I attended, and the other I could not. Both capture really rather wonderful sets of music, the first, from the As Alike as Trees festival in […]

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My Favourite Album

My Favourite Album – Richard Pinnell

September 5, 2012

Keith Rowe, John Tilbury – Duos for Doris. Like, I would imagine is the case for the vast majority of people reading these pages, choosing a single favourite album to write something about is nigh on impossible. On any given day I could change my mind over what is my favourite album. Certain albums have […]

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CD Reviews

Sunday 31st January

January 31, 2010

Still not well, spent the first half of the day in bed but listening to Lost Daylight, the new Another Timbre album by John Tilbury and Sebastian Lexer almost exclusively. I have listened to this album a great deal over the past couple of weeks, initially sitting in awe of it and later spending time really trying to understand it better. It is in many ways a CD in two halves. The first half an hour of the disc consists of five performances by Tilbury of piano works by the American minimalist composer Terry Jennings. There then follows a forty minute recording by both Tilbury and Lexer of John Cage’s Electronic Music for Piano, a work from 1964 that was written for David Tudor. The album can be divided between the two not only simply by composer but also through the very different approach to aesthetics and beauty. In fact, it could almost be said that the two halves sit in complete contrast to each other, almost standing as a neat analogy for some of the main issues tackled by 20th Century composition.

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CD Reviews

Friday 7th August

August 7, 2009

First of all, thank you to everyone that pushed the visit counter down there to past the 50,000 hit marker today. sorry for constantly mentioning this, but I am always surprised by how many people read these pages and I am grateful. It makes the effort it takes to write here daily worthwhile to know […]

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Concert Reviews

Friday 3rd July

July 3, 2009

Today was a hot, uncomfortable, infuriating and depressing day in equal parts. I got little done that I really needed to be doing and ended up having unnecessary online arguments instead. Yes I really need to restrain myself. There is no one to blame but myself. I will do from now on. Honest! Anyway yesterday […]

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CD Reviews

Friday 27th February

February 28, 2009

What on earth can I possibly say about a new disc of John Tilbury playing Morton Feldman? The two disc set of John playing Triadic Memories along with the short companion piece by Howard Skempton Notti stallate a vagli recorded in London last year has just been released on the Italian label Atopos. Everything else […]

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Uncategorized

Spot the difference

April 29, 2007

Following a difficult week I took the rare opportunity provided Saturday evening by a for once peaceful Pinnell Towers to switch off my phone, and with it the rest of the world and spend some time alone, slouched on the sofa with a chilled bottle of chardonnay, a good book and three different versions of […]

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