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1-2 Weeks
ARTIST
TITLE
The Happy End Problem
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
FRA 005CD FRA 005CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
2/12/2007

"An instant Fred classic, Happy End presents two, related, small-ensemble works for 6 and 7 musicians respectively -- mostly strings of one sort or another, with percussion, flute, clarinet and electronics. Fred, violinist Carla Kilsteht and percussionist Willie Winant play throughout providing continuity across the pieces, as the music constantly unfolds into new textures and dialects. Melody, harmony and rhythm are omnipresent, though not always obviously colluding, and the music moves with a constant assurance, never hesitating and never marking time. There are some affinities with Nicola Kodjbashia's luminous Solitary Walker here (which it predates), particularly in its use of minimal instrumentation to maximum effect, popular materials, exquisite articulation and a kind of modest transcendence. The necessity and simplicity of these pieces conceals a catalog of experimental techniques and novel ideas -- there are those who'd have squeezed a score of albums from this material."