|First AMM CD in a while, featuring the new duo AMM (Keith Rowe is no longer a member). Eddit Prévost on percussion and John Tilbury on piano. AMM at UEA. Eddie Prévost and John Tilbury recorded at a concert given at The School of Music, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England on 14th February 2005. From Simon Waters' liner notes: Despite availing themselves of entirely different technologies, they can produce sounds which are almost identical, or fuse sounds through awesome real-time skill and intimate awareness of their vastly different resources: a moment where John's piano clusters isolate and make explicit the pitches in Eddies bowed cymbal is one magical example here.
Norwich, recorded in February, 2005, at the School of Music, University of East Anglia, presents the current two-member AMM of Prévost and Tilbury — the third two-man version of the group (Prévost played as AMM with saxophonist Lou Gare and then Rowe in the 1970s). Rowe's departure is a tremendous shift, of course, both for his extraordinary sonic resourcefulness and his sometimes abrasive electronics (including his use of random or found verbal and musical messages). However, it is much more important to dwell on what the new AMM is. Norwich achieves an extraordinary tranquility, a gradual sense of calm unfolding and subtle isolated sounds, a spaciousness that may suggest George Crumb's Night Music or the quiet dynamism of Feldman—although, as improvisers, Prévost and Tilbury take the processes of subtle gradation much further.