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Underwater Princess Waltz: Collection Of One-Page Pieces by Curran, Polansky, Goode / Zwerm

Notes & Reviews:


Works:

Composer(s):

Joel Ford, Alvin Curran, Leo Didkovsky, Nick Didkovsky, Christian Wolff, Larry Polansky, Clinton McCallum, Daniel Goode, Earle Brown, Karl Berger

Album Title:

Underwater Princess Waltz

Cat. No.:

80748

Genre:

Classical / Contemporary

Release Date:

09/2013

Description:

A Collection of One-page Pieces by Karl Berger, Earle Brown, Alvin Curran, Nick Didkovsky, Joel Ford, Daniel Goode, Clinton McCallum, Larry Polansky and Christian Wolff

Zwerm: Johannes Westendorp, Bruno Nelissen, Kobe Van Cauwenberghe, Toon Callier, guitars; w/ Eric Thielemans, drums, percussion; Bertel Schollaert, saxophone; Matthias Koole, guitar; Thomas Moore, voice-over

The “one-page piece” - a written-down musical composition that fits on a single piece of paper - is appealing to a group like the Belgian/Dutch electric guitar quartet Zwerm. Zwerm and their collaborators took full advantage of the opportunity to create their own scores out of the one-page pieces, to allow their own creativity and compositional ideas to run free, to explore interesting sound worlds, and to seek out possible links between the pieces. These positive experiences are inherent to the format of the one-page piece: a composer provides a musical idea, in traditional notation, prose, graphics, or some combination of all three; sometimes this idea is rough or conceptual, sometimes more clear in its musical content and process. The rest is up to the musicians. Collaborative brainstorming is necessary, and many ideas might be tried out before settling on a particular way of realizing the piece; often, the possibilities seem endless, limited only by one’s conventional training, adherence to idiomatic instrumental techniques, and musical sensibilities. This collaborative brainstorming works best when the ensemble is made up of adventurous musicians who trust each other.

One-page pieces fall into the category of process pieces. With roots in the history of American experimental music, both process pieces and one-page pieces are sometimes traced back to Terry Riley’s minimalist masterpiece In C of 1964. The recordings on this CD represent a crossover project in which Zwerm looks for connections between the sound worlds of blues, free improvisation, experimental rock, noise, minimalism, and many other contemporary musical ideas.

Tracks on this Album

Work

Composer(s)

Gauss Cannon

Joel Ford

Underwater Princess Waltz

Alvin Curran

Her Waltzing with Her

Alvin Curran

Mayhem (the hammer)

Leo Didkovsky
Nick Didkovsky

Burdocks, Part VII

Christian Wolff

tween (k-tood #2)

Larry Polansky

Mayhem (the arrow)

Leo Didkovsky
Nick Didkovsky

round round down

Clinton McCallum

The Red and White Cows

Daniel Goode

December 1952

Earle Brown

Mayhem (the blade)

Leo Didkovsky
Nick Didkovsky

Time Goes By

Karl Berger

The "one-page piece" - a written-down musical composition that fits on a single piece of paper - is appealing to a group like the Belgian/Dutch electric guitar quartet Zwerm. Zwerm and their collaborators took full advantage of the opportunity to create their own scores out of the one-page pieces, to allow their own creativity and compositional ideas to run free, to explore interesting sound worlds, and to seek out possible links between the pieces. These positive experiences are inherent to the format of the one-page piece: a composer provides a musical idea, in traditional notation, prose, graphics, or some combination of all three; sometimes this idea is rough or conceptual, sometimes more clear in its musical content and process. The rest is up to the musicians. Collaborative brainstorming is necessary, and many ideas might be tried out before settling on a particular way of realizing the piece; often, the possibilities seem endless, limited only by one's conventional training, adherence to idiomatic instrumental techniques, and musical sensibilities. This collaborative brainstorming works best when the ensemble is made up of adventurous musicians who trust each other. One-page pieces fall into the category of process pieces. With roots in the history of American experimental music, both process pieces and one-page pieces are sometimes traced back to Terry Riley's minimalist masterpiece In C of 1964. The recordings on this CD represent a crossover project in which Zwerm looks for connections between the sound worlds of blues, free improvisation, experimental rock, noise, minimalism, and many other contemporary musical ideas.



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