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is the latest release by legendary cassette culture artist If, Bwana -- aka Al Margolis. This album of electroacoustic compositions is built on 25 years of If, Bwana improvisations. Haunting, shimmering microtonal pieces are juxtaposed with compositions of reconfigured breath: flute and voice. Collaborators for this incarnation of If, Bwana include: Lisa Barnard (vocals), Jane Rigler (flute), Jacqueline Martelle (flute) and Tom Hamilton (Nord modular synth). Hamilton also mastered the music for production. Compact disc in a screenprinted raw kraftboard wallet designed by GD with photos by Al Margolis. Printed by VGKids. Limited edition of 500."
"Modern classical music meets industrial meets musique concrete. The music of If, Bwana (Al Margolis) represents a vigorous, original and informed continuation of the experimental traditions of American music, responding as it does to the sounds and materials of late 20th and early 21st century American life with a keenly sensitive ear and a marvelous feeling for form, balance, and texture in music. The five works on this recording all utilize and reprocess the performances (both studio and live) of the musicians and vocalists. Their work has been processed, edited, selected and assembled into strange and mutated pieces, which in many cases are quite some way removed from the realms of the familiar."
With/And/By Trio Scordatura: E (And Sometimes Why)
"The new 2CD magnum opus by If, Bwana (Al Margolis) has been almost three years in the making. It is the first time he has composed works (usually with prerecorded sounds) specifically for another ensemble. 'Gilmore's Girls,' 'Ringing (Ano)the(r) Bell,' and 'Diapason,' maybe were specifically written for Trio Scordatura. 'Cicada 4AA' was the first piece of If, Bwana's they played (though not written for them in particular). 'E (and sometimes why)' and 'All for Alf(run)' were both composed after the initial recordings and used materials from those sessions. 'The Tempest,' Fuggit,' used some of Trio Scordatura's sounds and combined them with an absolutely awesome, over-the-top performance/reading of a section of Shakespeare's
by Michael Peters (of Poemrocket). We hope that answers the burning question why If, Bwana
with/and/by Trio Scordatura
? There may not be a better way to describe their involvement with this recording -- they played with If, Bwana and they played If, Bwana and they were played with and by If, Bwana."
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