The Crutch Of Memory
"The works on this disc trace the ongoing history of a straight forward but fundamental re-conception of instrumental performance, followed through uncompromisingly to uncover a new, alien world of musical material. That conception is the idea of instrumental decoupling: the independent treatment of the physical components of performance (embouchure and fingers on a wind instrument, for example, or the two hands of a string player). A simple, if counterintuitive, idea. But right away, pursued with Cassidy's diligence and self-awareness, consequences multiply: the dismantling of a performer's acquired physical, musical and technical relationship to his instrument; a shift in emphasis from the sounds produced to the means of producing them; the displacement of pitch from its inherited position at the center of musical discourse; the necessity of new hierarchies and new perceptual vocabularies." Performed by Elision Ensemble: Daryl Buckley, Artistic Director. Richard Haynes, clarinets and saxophone; Graeme Jennings, violin; Benjamin Marks, trombone; Carl Rosman, bass clarinet and voice. Peter Veale, oboes; Tristram Williams, trumpet.