Cadence Magazine Creative Improvised Music Projects
I love the homemade quality of the CD-R movement, if we can call it that. There is that "open mic night" quality you get when you pop one into your player, ready for discovery and revelation, not knowing what you may get.The last thing a CD-R listener is hoping for is polish and professionalism It reminds me of those great nights when we used to belly up to the stage after an 'ARKESTRA' show, our paper money in hand, eager to grab whatever new and, often enough hand decorated thing SUN RA was offering to the devotees. On a good night we went home with a SATURN LP, the label pasted on slightly askew, and the plain white sleeve sporting the magic marker scribbles of some band member, done right there while we were handing over our dough to the cat beside the speaker trunk. SUN RA would have loved the CD-R wouldn't he?
COSMIC LEGENDS [Cosmiclegends, no#] has some of the same sensibility in the art design, but is harder to judge as music. In fact, This CD should really be judged on the basis of literary merit. While music is not a minor part of the proceedings, the CD capture two dramatic performances [no date or place given] that feature VARIOUS ARTISTS including three poets, a vocalist, several noted musicians, and even a dancer. ["AMONG the INFINITE FORMS" Michael Hashim , ts; Sylvie Degiez, p; Wayne Lopes stick, g; Brian Dewan, poet. "A KING..A FLOWER..A POINT in TIME" Hashim, ts; Lopes, g; Degiez, p; Perry Robinson, cl; Steve Swell, tbn; Ondi McMaster, poet; Lynn Book, vcl; Ira Cohen, poet; Louise Burns, dancer. 73:16.] The music here is free but wonderfully dramatic and surprisingly conservative in harmony.Yet it is subordinate to the performances that are reminiscent of Beat Poets and Surrealist happenings of '20s Europe and '50s San Fransisco. I was left feeling that I wished I'd been present, instead of simply listening to the speakers and trying to imagine the dancer...
For parents curious about exploring music with their kids. Sylvie Degiez’s Cosmic Brew is a delightful exposure to the fundamentals of sound and music. My Child, who is loathe to participate in any public arena, was the first one on the floor to help organize the letters into a scale. Sylvie's presentation of music is both sophisticated and very simple. The more I understand about music, the more I see how her explanation of sound as vibration is essential to understanding the fundamental dynamics of music, and she might be the only teacher / performer who does this. … As I have attended a few of her recitals now I can see that her methods really give her students the tools for creative learning and, all of her students seem to have a very gratifying relationship with their music. ‘ all of them’. You know I am just crazy about her, as are many, i am sure.
Featuring: Sylvie Degiez ~ Composer/Writer Perry Robinson ~ clarinet & magic Steve Swell ~ trombone Rosi Hertlein ~ violin Andrew Bell ~ actor Cathy Petignat ~ actress Morana Stipisic ~ lighting
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Sylvie Degiez & Wayne Lopes/Sound Installation/Switzerland/USA
The historic brownstone was a perfect showcase for the works of 17 artists***, however, upon reaching the 5th and final floor, a standout caught our eye--Sylvie Degiez's and Wayne Lopes' Sound Installation (see photo at left). A group of 6 CD units (5 in the main room and 1 in a bathroom) play piano tones in unison--each with the same type-written info taped to its top: A world where everything proceeds from the subdivision of a unit. Understanding vibration offers us the possibility of music and allow us to anticipate time sequences. Astronomers hear a Bb in the center of our galaxy. The axis of our planet wobble around F# its yearly cycle around the sun like a C#. Those tones are present like structural angles and ever changing music. If all the CDs being set on repeat play continuously for 1 year the mix will never repeat. Press 1 for track repeat, press twice for all tracks repeat, press for play or pause, press for stop.
Inspiring? We'd say! The exhibit runs Wednesday through Sunday throughMay 18th, don't miss this one!