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MALFATTI/KEITH ROWE, RADU
Radu Malfatti/Keith Rowe
"Keith Rowe and Radu Malfatti are two of the most influential experimental musicians in recent decades, each with extensive bodies of highly distinctive work and a combined 80+ years at the forefront of their respective areas of exploration. On
, their first meeting ever is documented via one disc of selected compositions (Frey and Cardew), one disc of their own compositions, and one disc of improv. Malfatti and Rowe met in Vienna in November 2010, their first musical meeting of any kind, for three days of recordings at Amann Studios. They began with Jurg Frey's 'Exact Dimension Without Insistence', selected by Malfatti, then proceeded onto Cornelius Cardew's 'Solo with Accompaniment', selected by Rowe. Next was Malfatti's 'nariyamu', then a version of Rowe's Pollock '82, and lastly an extended improv. Almost all of the recordings are included on
in the order in which they were made, and three of the four compositions (excluding the Frey) only required one take. The playing order allowed the two musicians to gradually build a rapport of sorts, finding a remarkable amount of common ground despite their widely differing perspectives. The progression over the three days and the connections between the pieces are quite evident, leading to an improvisation meeting that is both confident and thoroughly uneasy.
is housed in a stunning eight panel digipak, the four outside panels contain original paper on paper artwork by Rowe and the inside panels contain photos of the scores and a photo of the musicians with recording engineer Christoph Amann."
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