- Franz Nicolay (Accordion)
- Philippa Thompson (Viola)
- Loren Dempster (Cello)
- Evan Rapport (Sax)
- Jeff Hudgins (Alto Saxophone)
- Dan Neustadt (Piano)
- Pat Muchmore (Cello)
- Hubert Chen (Violin)
- Jean Cook (Violin)
- Leanne Darling (Viola)
- Maria Sonevytsky (Accordion)
- Ken Thomson (Sax)
- Pat Muchmore (Electronics)
- Jen Baker (Trombone)
Notes & Reviews:
ASM has spent over 10 years performing in punk squats, basements, rock clubs, and concert halls - and the music hasn't fit in anywhere. ASM came together in November 2000 for what was originally intended only as a one-off concert called "An Afternoon of Anti-Social Chamber Music." Now, ASM presents concerts twice yearly of exclusively premiere compositions written and performed by ASM members and associates... which, are, by the way, intended to not be so gosh-darn serious. This stuff is supposed to be fun, no? The group fills the year with monthly repertoire shows featuring themes and greatest hits, often pairing with punk groups, weirdo jazz groups, and theatre acts. And most shows feature artwork and stage design by some of their favorite local artists.Notes & Reviews:
The opening track on the rebel chamber music ensemble Anti-Social Music's debut album Sings the Great American Songbook (2005) was "Fracture II," a composition by cellist Pat Muchmore. The group's second release turns out to be entirely devoted to that composer's music. It's a good thing too, for Muchmore's soundworld requires some time to get into and fully explore. You see, the man's art is multi-versed, schizophrenic, and often intentionally misleading: ten minutes is not enough to let you grasp it. Fracture: The Music of Pat Muchmore is a thrilling, exhilarating, 70-minute journey through music many would qualify as mad or chaotic. Arguing that would be a moot point, but the fact is that, in time, this haphazardness -- themes cut short, mood swings, brutal interpolations -- becomes structural and produces its own meaning. That, and it doesn't prevent the existence of some beautiful, quiet passages (In "Fracture IV" and "String Quartet No. 2," in particular). The album features several works, the bulk of them being parts of the "Broken Aphorisms" suite. Numbers 12-14, 15, and 7-11 are included, in that order, although "Broken Aphorisms 7-11" are presented as part of a meta composition, or alongside another composition entitled "Palimpsest Beta" (though the title is actually written as "P@LiMp$35+ _: )"). They are all short (under five minutes) and explore simple, interconnected ideas. However, the real draw of the album is found in its first four pieces (all presented before the first group of aphorisms), and especially "Fracture IV" and "__ (PortRait__7,"NY06)", two long, complex, disrhythmical pieces. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the gentle though far from sedate "String Quartet No. 2," the longest piece on the album at 15 minutes. Fracture: The Music of Pat Muchmore is definitely not an easy listen, but it rewards as much as it shocks, and it sustains deeper analysis, revealing both a unique personal universe and an ensemble with an impressive set of music skills. Recommended. ~ François Couture
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Works DetailsMuchmore, Pat : Gumdrops and Kittens, for string quartet
- Performers: Pat Muchmore (Cello); Hubert Chen (Violin); Jean Cook (Violin); Leanne Darling (Viola)
- Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
Muchmore, Pat : Fracture IV, for cello & ensemble
- Performer: Pat Muchmore (Cello)
- Ensemble: Anti-Social Music
- Running Time: 11 min. 23 sec.
Muchmore, Pat : Shitfuckcumbastard, for alto saxophone, cello & accordion
- Performers: Pat Muchmore (Cello); Maria Sonevytsky (Accordion); Ken Thomson (Sax)
- Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
Muchmore, Pat : Portrait_7 NY06, for trombone & electronics
- Performers: Pat Muchmore (Electronics); Jen Baker (Trombone)
- Running Time: 11 min. 9 sec.
Muchmore, Pat : Broken Aphorisms 12-14, for cello, accordion & voice
- Performers: Pat Muchmore (Cello); Franz Nicolay (Accordion)
- Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
Muchmore, Pat : Quartet for Strings no 2
- Performers: Philippa Thompson (Viola); Hubert Chen (Violin); Jean Cook (Violin); Loren Dempster (Cello)
- Running Time: 14 min. 28 sec.
Muchmore, Pat : Broken Aphorisms 15 -= (ghrmroouctbiaknltegeete), for 3 saxophones
- Performers: Evan Rapport (Sax); Jeff Hudgins (Alto Saxophone); Ken Thomson (Sax)
- Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
Muchmore, Pat : Broken Aphorisms 7-11, for cello, piano & ensemble
- Performers: Dan Neustadt (Piano); Pat Muchmore (Cello)
- Running Time: 7 min. 51 sec.