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Improvisation Music Live
“Disruption! The Voice of the Drums”, and “Aubade”

Artist/s: Simon Barker (drums), Chloe Kim (drums); Earshift Orchestra: Jeremy Rose (leader / sax / bass clarinet), Jacques Emery (bass), Novak Manojlovic (keyboards), Ben Carey (modular synthesizer), Hilary Geddes (guitar), Tom Avgenicos (trumpet) 
Category: Improvisation, Jazz, Music Live
Location, Date: Concert at Lazybones Jazz Club, Marrickville, Sydney, Wednesday 16th December 2020.
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“Disruption, based on solo drum works by Chloe Kim and Simon Barker fleshed out by Jeremy Rose for eight-piece ensemble explores the power and use of the drums from disruptive protest music to more meditative healing roles.”

Improvisation Music Recording
Across the Top

Artist/s: Paul Cutlan, Brett Hirst, The NOISE
Category: Improvisation, Jazz
Label: Tall Poppies TP211
www.tallpoppies.net
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Across the Top is a convincing synthesis of European art music influences and jazz-informed improvisation. Paul Cutlan, one of Sydney’s leading improvising saxophonists, provides compositions that he performs with great sensitivity alongside bassist Brett Hirst and string quartet The NOISE…

Improvisation Music Recording
Alister Spence and Raymond MacDonald. Stepping Between the Shadows

Artist/s: Alister Spence, piano and prepared piano; Raymond MacDonald, alto and soprano saxophones
Category: Improvisation, Jazz
Label: Rufus Records, RF095
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Two musicians improvising together can be imagined as a Venn diagram, where the distinct ‘musicalities’ (think personalities expressed through music) of the individuals partially converge in moments of shared experience. This is not to suggest, however, that improvisers working in…

Contemporary Music Recording
Asteroid Ekosystem. Alister Spence Trio with Ed Kuepper

Artist/s: Alister Spence Trio:  Alister Spence (keys/piano), Lloyd Swanton (bass), Toby Hall (drums), with Ed Kuepper (guitar)
Category: Contemporary, Improvisation
Label: Artist release, CD and digital
Hear and buy the music at alisterspence.bandcamp.com
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“If the album features many unexpected plot twists for the listener that’s because it did the same for the four players who recorded it over two days of inspired improvisation.”

Improvisation Music Recording
Avocado

Artist/s: Peter, Farrar, alto saxophone; Dale Gorfinkel, miscellaneous instruments; Staunch Nation and Disco 4, electronic sound sources
Category: Improvisation
Label: Splitrec
www.splitrec.com
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Farrar’s eruptive outpourings of clean angles and nasty tones in brilliant patterns or cubistically organised disarray are startling and often thrilling.

Improvisation Music Recording
Begin

Artist/s: Alister Spence, Joe Williamson and Christopher Cantillo
Category: Improvisation, Jazz
Label: Alister Spence Music (ASM003)
alisterspence.com
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This is the first release from the new trio of Australian pianist Alister Spence, Canadian bassist Joe Williamson and Swedish drummer Christopher Cantillo. Meeting at the crossroads of jazz and free improvisation, the musical sympathy and connection between Spence, Williamson…

Experimental Music Music Recording
Café Grand Abyss

Artist/s: Alvin Curran (piano/sampler/shofar), Jon Rose (violin/amplified tenor violin/6-string drainpipe/ singing saw)
Category: Experimental Music, Improvisation
Label: Released by Recommended Records (ReR Megacorp),  ReR JRAC LC - 02677
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“Seasoned music experimentalists, American Alvin Curran and Australian Jon Rose, take the listener on a wild ride around the free improvisation cabaret circuit.”

Improvisation Music Recording
Cat’s Squirrel

Artist/s: Merzbow and Oren Ambarchi
Category: Improvisation, Noise
Label: Hospital Hill (HHCD04130740)
www.hospitalhill.com.au
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Cat’s Squirrel presents two of the world’s finest purveyors of noise music, in duo format for the first time. The legendary Merzbow (real name Masami Akita), Japan’s lord of noise, joins Australia’s loudest and heaviest noise guitarist, Oren Ambarchi. This…

Experimental Music Music Recording
Colophony

Artist/s: Jon Rose, Meinrad Kneer, Richard Barrett
Category: Experimental Music, Improvisation
Label: Creative Sources Records CS229
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This is a European collaboration of free improvisers by Australian violinist Jon Rose, who also plays tenor violin, with Meinrad Kneer, a German double bass player based in Amsterdam, and UK composer/improviser Richard Barrett. Barrett divides his time between London…

Comprovisation
Composed Noise: New Works for Improvising String Quartet (2 discs)

Artist/s: The Noise String Quartet (Veronique Serret, Mirabai Peart, James Eccles, Oliver Miller)
Category: Comprovisation, Improvisation, New Music
Label: Vexations 840-1301
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The Noise String Quartet began as an ensemble committed to improvising its own music. For this, its second CD, The Noise has commissioned seven composers to write pieces that involve both composed and indeterminate elements, including improvisation strategies. Like many…

Improvisation Music Recording
Everything and Other Infinities. Microfiche

Artist/s: Microfiche: Max Alduca (double bass), Nick Calligeros (trumpet), Holly Conner (drums and percussion), Sam Gill (alto saxophone), Novak Manojlovic (piano), Phillippa Murphy-Haste (clarinet and viola), Freya Schack-Arnott (cello - tracks 1, 2 & 5).
Category: Improvisation
Label: Artist release
https://microfiche1.bandcamp.com/album/everything-and-other-infinities
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Overall, I found Everything and Other Infinities to be extremely pleasurable. This is music filled with light.

Improvisation Music Recording
Fluid to the Influence

Artist/s: Chris Abrahams, piano, organ, synthesizers
Category: Improvisation
Label: Room 40 (RM464)
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“One of Australia’s most distinctive improvisational voices has created another finely woven and memorable collection.” But don’t automatically expect this music to be defined by meditative, shimmering beauty. Then again, it depends how you define ‘beauty’. Perhaps this idea, the…

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