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ARTIST
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Dazwischen
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CD

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MRCD74 MRCD74
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RELEASE DATE
8/24/2009

"The piano is doomed, in my opinion, said the younger. The piano-tuner also, said the elder. The pianist also, said the younger." -- Samuel Beckett in Watt "I no longer share Beckett's gloomy prognosis." -- John Tilbury, May 2009 "I am impressed by the varying degrees of intentionality and the spatial deployment of sounds (isolated, remote, etc.) which enrich Lexer's music. Shades of Cardew and Wolff. For example, in an ensemble the piano sound can be effectively subsumed, not obliterated, into the context; different degrees of presence, from the soloistic to a situation where its contribution is barely perceived but none the less telling -- overheard rather than heard, working in the nooks and crannies, fleetingly emerging from time to time. Lexer aims to expand performance by making studio techniques available on stage and including electro-acoustic techniques in live performance -- making the physically impossible possible. Decay and the way it is extended and metamorphosed through electronic treatment. Lexer's music comprises and juxtaposes the whole repertoire of tones, and noises, associated with the piano. All those sounds just faintly associated with the piano are brought into focus and brought to musical life. The piano creates its own delicate accompaniment of quasi aleatoric, electronic noises; these subsidiary 'noises' are always interesting. Lexer's piano is a kind of Pandora's Box; this intrigues me." -- John Tilbury