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ARTIST
TITLE
Diamond Fiddle Language
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
WER 6675 WER 6675
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
7/18/2005

"On this CD, the European avant-garde meets American minimalism; an 18th-century double bass teams up with a 21st-century synthesizer; jazz and Indian raga and extended techniques are inextricably linked. Recorded over a period of a year and a half in three separate locations around the globe, this album highlights two musician-composers and distills their concertizing, touring, and refining the intricacies of their collaboration. Terry Riley and Stefano Scodanibbio have mastered their instruments to the point of transcending them, so that it would be simplistic to define their work together as duets for contrabass and keyboards. Each of them coaxes such a complex range of timbres and hues and textures from their instruments that it's hard to believe such a variety of sounds is created by only two men. Much connects Terry Riley and Stefano Scodanibbio: both are equally comfortable with improvisation and classical notated music; both enjoy the exploration of tuning systems, harmonics, and the world of overtones, and use them to create new worlds of sounds. Together they take us beyond our perceptions of instrumental boundaries." Recorded 1998-2000, Riley sings the words of Pandi Pran Nath on one track.