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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Sebastian Lexer, Evan Parker, Eddie Prévost – Tri-Borough Triptych

November 16, 2013

CD Matchless Recordings When I was seventeen, I undertook an A-Level course in Ceramics. My tutor, a relatively young man who seemed to have a second life as a wood sculptor at the back of the room while his students worked, was a good man who set about the thankless task of trying to teach […]

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CD Reviews

Various – Workshop Concert

July 29, 2013

CD Matchless Recordings In recent years, the improvisation workshop that takes place in London has been written about quite a bit. For years however, the workshop, begun in 1999 by Eddie Prévost and convening every Friday since did not receive much attention. It was to some degree the beginning of a monthly series of concerts […]

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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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Sebastian Lexer, Christoph Schiller – Luftwurzeln

October 5, 2012

CD Matchless Old and new. This new CD on Matchless by Sebastian Lexer and Christoph Schiller keeps bringing these opposite ends of a spectrum to mind. If Schiller has taken an old instrument, a spinet, and approached it in new ways, then so has Lexer, whose Piano+ digital enhancements of a standard grand piano are […]

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Thursday 15th April

April 15, 2010

So to Sounding Music then, the new album by AMM. The release contains the recording of the quintet performance from last year’s Freedom of the City Festival that I wrote about here. The AMM group on that occasion was made up of regular members Eddie Prévost and John Tilbury alongside recent frequent collaborator John Butcher, the American composer and previous occasional AMM collaborator Christian Wolff plus the young London based cellist Ute Kanngiesser, a regular at Prévost’s weekly improvisation workshops and here the first woman to appear on an AMM record. I have listened to this CD almost constantly since I received it on Monday, perhaps I have listened to it through some fifteen times already. Going bacl over the post I wrote following the concert in question I have picked out a few of the thoughts I had at the time. I mentioned in the comments after the post that the music did not feel ground-breaking, but it did feel like AMM Music, perhaps more so than on any of the other occasions I had seen the group since the departure of Keith Rowe. I also mentioned that while he fitted well into the group, Christian Wolff seemed to play the disruptive role in the set, taking things out of what might be perceived as “safe” AMM territory more often than not.

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Thursday 20th August

August 20, 2009

OK, so only one post today, but I’ve tried to make it a good one… Months ago, around the time Sebastian Lexer finished one stage of  his PhD studies he told me that now he felt that the technical  side of his academic research into the Max MSP system he had been developing was complete, he […]

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