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A Sounding of Sources

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Malcolm Goldstein (solo violin); Radu Malfatti (trombone); Philippe Micol (bass clarinet); Philippe Racine (flute); Beat Schneider (violoncello). "As a composer/violinist/improviser, Malcolm Goldstein (b. 1936) has been active in the presentation of new music and dance since the early 1960s in New York City as a co-founder with James Tenney and Philip Corner of the Tone Roads Ensemble and as a participant in the Judson Dance Theater, the New York Festival of the Avant-Garde, and the Experimental Intermedia Foundation. His 'Soundings' improvisations have received international acclaim for having 'reinvented violin playing,' extending the range of tonal/sound-texture possibilities of the instrument and revealing new dimensions of expressivity. Since the mid-1960s, he has integrated structured improvisation aspects into his compositions, exploring the rich sound-textures of new performance techniques within a variety of instrumental and vocal frameworks. Goldstein has been labeled an 'improviser' and a 'composer-violinist' (or merely a violinist). What this CD once and for all shows is that he is indeed those things, but encompassing them all is the fact that, profoundly, he is a composer. As he points out, 'at the core of baroque music was the integration of composition and improvisation,' and Goldstein brings the perspective and focus of a seasoned performer to this undertaking. In this way, his music represents a further evolution of that compositional-improvisational dialog begun in the early 1950s in the aleatoric, 'chance' pieces of composers like John Cage, Earle Brown, Christian Wolff and Morton Feldman." "Configurations in Darkness" (1995) (solo violin); "Configurations in Darkness" (1995) (chamber ensemble) [Swiss Radio DRS]; "Ishi/timechangingspaces" (1988) (acoustic art/radio work) [WDR Köln, broadcast in 1988]; "Ishi/'man waxati' Soundings" (1988) (solo violin, voice).