NEW CIRCLE FIVE - Dreaming Wide Awake
DEEP LISTENING BAND / JOE McPHEE QUARTET - Unquenchable Fire
[Deep Listening,
www.deeplistening.org]

Deep Listening Foundation that Pauline Oliveros has set up has been going strong now for nearly the past two decades. Their aim is, as was once stated: "Our work aims to explore new listening strategies, unusual acoustic environments, expanded instrument technologies and new relationships with audiences." Its founder, accordionist and composer, Pauline Oliveros has been known to play in unique places in order to explore the acoustic possibilities a given site would produce. [One of my favourite recordings from Deep Listening Band's back-catalogue is "Troglodyte's Delight", which was recorded deep underground in a cave.] With that said, these two new releases showcase the multitude of possibilities likely to result when creative minds sit down to play in one room.

New Circle Five is a new ensemble [only in existence for the last five years or so]. The quintet, [who refer to themselves as "an acoustic improvising contemporary music ensemble"] is made up of Monique Buzzarte on trombone, violinist Rosi Hertlein, percussionist Susie Ibarra, vocalist Kristin Norderval and [of course] Pauline Oliveros on accordion. The recording is very spacious, and each member of the quintet sounds as if they were located in far off corners of the room. It's this spatial quality that makes for a fascinating listen. The violin work of Rosi Hertlein goes very well with Pauline's rich accordion work. Likewise, Susie Ibarra's calming percussion [mostly cymbal work] is a nice contrast to Monique Buzzarte's delicate trombone tones. The only distraction [for me at least] is Kristin Norderval's vocal work. Too many times, her high pitched voice distracts from the overall calm that the quintet maintains so well. By and large, "Dreaming Wide Awake" is a superior debut record. We can only hope we'll hear more recordings from New Circle Five in the near future.

"Unquenchable Fire" is a piece based on a book of the same name, written by Rachel Pollack. The CD is credited to two ensembles: Deep Listening Band and Joe McPhee Quartet. The piece itself is broken into four separate movements, each of which is intermingled with sparse text read by the author of the book that had inspired the piece. The music is rather contemplative. There are only a couple of rousing passages in the "1st movement" - where reed player Joe Giardullo has an incredible duel match with Joe McPhee on soprano - and another one in the "3rd movement", where Joe McPhee takes a brief but blistering solo. Otherwise, it's smooth sailing, as they say. The ensemble as a whole is incredibly restrained. Pauline Oliveros' accordion is as recognizably austere and calm as always. Stuart Dempster's use of his trombone [and especially his use of the didgeridoo] is especially restrained and hushed. Most of all, Monica Wilson's cello put together with Joe Giardullo's bass clarinet produce such heavenly sounds, words just fail me. "Unquenchable Fire" is a real adventure into a world of stillness, which is equally dark as it is stunning.

Tom Sekowski


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+ Hati - Zero Coma Zero
+ Ghedalia Tazartes - Diasporas/Tazartes
+ Sir Richard Bishop - Improvika
+ Enkidu - Hasselt
+ Battleroah - Battleroah
+ Airged L'Amh - The Silver Arm
+ The Crown - Crowned in Terror
+ The Most Important in the 90's, part One
+ AALY Trio/DKV Trio - Double Or Nothing; Witches and Devils - At The Empty Bottle
+ Tim Berne - Science Friction
+ L - Holy Letters
+ Ferran Fages - A cavall entre dos cavalls. Composicions per a guitarra
+ Ruth Barberán - Capacidad de pérdida
+ Denzler/Guionnet/Kinoshita/Unami – Vasistas
+ Zorn - All We Can Do Is Enjoy The Ride
+ Tarwater - The Needle Was Travelling
+ Jacaszek And Miłka - Sequel
+ September Collective - s/t
+ Scanner - Reason By Heart, Sleep By Twilight
+ Rhythm And Sound - See Mi Yah
+ Savas Pascalidis - This Is Your Fantasy
+ Monika Force
+ Dave Miller - Mitchells Raccolta
+ Michaela Melian - Baden-Baden
+ Air Liquide - Let Your Ears Be Receiver!
+ Karl Marx Stadt - 1997 - 2004
+ Thomas Jaldemark - Primitive Fun
+ Jake - Jake The Rapper
+ Maximilian Hecker - Lady Sleep
+ Markus Guentner - 1981
+ International Deejays Gigolos Vol. 8
+ AGF/Delay - Explode
+ F.S. Blumm - Zweite Meer
+ Atom TM - iMix

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+ SIRONE BANG ENSEMBLE - Configuration
+ PRO CELEBRITY GOLF / JAY GLAZE - Three Sinister Syllables; WE ACEDIASTS - Pre Acediasts; KATJA ZAVOLOKA - Plavyna
+ CARLOS GIFFONI / LEE RANALDO / JIM O'ROURKE - North Six; SAKADA - Never Give Up on the Margins of Logic
+ LITTL SHYNING MAN - Hart of the Wud; GRANUFUNK - Granufunk; VARIOUS ARTISTS - Beatwave Japan
+ MICHEL DONEDA / TETSU SAITOH / ALAIN JOULE - M'uoaz; TETSU SAITOH / MICHEL DONEDA - Spring Road 01
+ SOUND OF MUCUS - Filth Pharmacy; FJERNSYN FJERNSYN - Fjernsyn Fjernsyn
+ MICK HARRIS - Hednod Sessions; BARK PSYCHOSIS - Replay; JOHN MASSONI - Stillborn Dreams
+ DWIGHT ASHLEY - Four; Discrete Carbon
+ BARRY GUY / MARILYN CRISPELL / PAUL LYTTON - Ithaca
+ THE CARS ARE THE STARS - Fragments
+ ANGELS OF LIGHT - Angels of Light Sing Other People; AKRON / FAMILY - Akron / Family
>> NEW CIRCLE FIVE - Dreaming Wide Awake; DEEP LISTENING BAND / JOE McPHEE QUARTET - Unquenchable Fire
+ GRUFF RHYS - Yr Atal Genhedlaeth
+ JONSON - Chiplandschaften
+ PHONOSYNTHESE - Waldall
+ THE FIERY FURNACES - Blueberry Boat, EP

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ It's a passion - wywiad z Vladislavem Delayem
+ Love can make miracles - wywiad z AGF
+ Niskobudżetowe wibracje - Lo-Fi Stereo
+ Jaka Karma taka muzyka