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Edges

Artist: Michael Francis Duch
Michael Francis Duch - Edges CD
Label: +3DB
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Year: 2011
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Originally released in 2010. This is the first solo album from Trondheim-based double bass player extraordinaire Michael Francis Duch, exploring 1960s experimental works as vehicles for contemporary improvisation. Duch is a highly generous musician and improviser. This is equally audible as he moves in the outskirts of reductionism, flirts with noise, engages in the domain of contemporary composition or happily indulges in the joys of free jazz. Mixing a keen and exploratory sense of sound with firm and insistent formal thinking, he approaches his bass both as a source of personal expression and as a tool to discover new ways of music-making. Having performed internationally over the last 10 years and contributed to more than 20 recordings, Michael brings a wide range of influences to his current project: a quest to revisit, test and bring new life into the sparse scores of early experimental music. These works, although composed as tools to inform non-improvisers challenged to leave the conventions of traditional notation, are being set up as vehicles to rearticulate the ideas of a fully-fledged free improviser. Duch's album is the first in a new series from +3DB called "Music for ONE" -- showcasing artists working with different forms, strategies and approaches to improvising in a solo format. Includes compositions by: Christian Wolff, Earle Brown, Cornelius Cardew, Morton Feldman and Howard Skempton.
ARTISTS
Michael Francis Duch (double bass); Christian Wolff, Earle Brown, Cornelius Cardew, Morton Feldman, Howard Skempton (composers)
TRACKS
  1. Edges (Christian Wolff)
  2. December 1952 (Earle Brown)
  3. Octet '61 (Cornelius Cardew)
  4. Projection 1 (Morton Feldman)
  5. For Strings (Howard Skempton)
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