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FREDY STUDER/HAMID DRAKE/MICHAEL ZERANG:
DRUMMIN' CHICAGO [FMRCD160-0505]

Fredy Studer (drums, cymbals, gongs, metal, multiple percussion), Hamid Drake (drums, cymbals, metal, frame drum, tabla, multiple percussion), Michael Zerang (drums, cymbals, gongs, metal, darabuka, zither, tambourine, whistles, bells, multiple percussion).This recording in Chicago while Fredy Studer had a residency took place over the course of one day and night, and covers an enormous breadth of stylistic terrain, from heavy textural improvising to deep and inventive grooves. In some places, the three musicians contribute in extremely different and readily audible ways, while elsewhere their personalities merge into a startling group sound. From Zerang's amazing friction-percussion on snare drum, through Studer's other-worldly evocations on a giant gong, played with a mallet that's outfitted with a superball on its end, to Drake's infectious reggae rhythm on drum-kit (and this is just on track one!!) John Corbett


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DIDKOVSKYROGERS/NORTON:
THE BRIGHT LIGHTS, THE BIG TIME [FMRCD163-I0505]

Four of the greatest improvisers around meet in New York. I will say a few words about this music ... I love Nick and Paul as human beings and musicians. We decided to do a concert at the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City on January 31, 2004. It was wonderful; the space had a wonderful vibe and the listeners received the music warmly and enthusiastically. I decided that we should record in a studio to capture all the details of the sounds we can make because live recordings (as exciting as they can be) tend to miss the quiet stuff. I knew it would be great because of the humanity and talent. Turn off the lights and listen..... Kevin Norton


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PAUL DUNMALL/TREVOR TAYLOR
ILLUMINATIONS [FMRCD171-I0805]

Although old musical colleagues for over thirty years this is the first duo recording featuring in this case the saxophones and bagpipes of Paul Dunmall with the large sound sculpture, percussion and live electronics of Trevor Taylors new set up. The last recorded outing was with the larger ensemble, the Intuitive Art Ensemble (also on FMR), but here we have the more difficult medium of mixing live electronic sound with acoustic playing and the two succeed spectacularly. Dunmall of course is no newcomer to improvisation with drummers and percussionists and is often propelled to great creative heights when in the company of stimulating percussionists! But this is normally in a more formal jazz acoustic situation, so in that respect this is a different kind of music perhaps reflecting an even wider range of sound palette.


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KEVIN NORTON
QUARK BERCUSE [FMRCD172-I0505]

This is a brand new solo recording by one of North America's leading percussionists. Indeed, I could say that this music is inspired specifically by three musicians (Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton and Haewon Min), but it is ultimately my music and I take responsibility for it. I've been developing this total percussion in improvised music idea for many years now and I feel that it's been encouraged by people like Anthony (amongst many others). This is an important journey for me and it will continue. Quark Bercuse is a culmination of where the musician has been heading in the last few years and an important platform for Norton's musical research and communication.


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FREDDY STUDER / PIERRE FAVRE:
CRISSCROSSING [FMRCD134-I1103]

Fredy Studer (percussion) Pierre Favre (percussion) In the world of percussion two Swiss percussion names stand out. Fredy Studer and Pierre Favre have long careers as drummer and percussionists as well as both working with the Paiste company to produce an incredibly creative range of cymbals, gongs and percussion instruments. Strangely, although friends for over 30 years this is their first recorded duo, but it was worth the wait!! Beautifully recorded in Switzerland this CD will become a classic to all serious drummers and percussionist who will be amazed by their subtlety and creativity as well as spellbinding technique!


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STEVE HUBBACK - PAAL NIELSEN LOVE
Arrows [FMRCD138-1203]

This CD represents the outstanding percussion playing of Britsh Percussionist and Sound Sculpture'ist Steve Hubback playing his own instruments , and the well know Norweigan virtuoso Paal Nielsen Love. They are both wonderfully sensitive musicians and there duo provides both explosive and dynamic playing to quiet and subtle areas. The recording quality is excellent allowing for the wide dynamic range of their hundreds of instruments to fully come through


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FRODE GJERSTAD/PAUL HESSION:
May DAY  [FMRCD144-I0304]

Frode Gjerstad (saxophones), Paul Hession (percussion) Paul Hession is one of the most respected drummer/percussionists in Europe, and Frode Gjerstad has to be commended for selecting him for this new duo recording. Saxophone and drums have often been heard in the freely improvised duo setting (and there is certainly no lack in Frode output in this series), but each musician has enough imagination and talent to push the boundaries beyond the usual terrain. Hessions intricate, rhythmic structure and Gjerstads fluttering lines produce another stunning addition to the excellent duo series created by this unique, unsung hero of the saxworld


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METAL MOVES
ILLUMINATOR II [FMRCD148-i0206]

Steve Hubback and Bertus Fridael ( Sonorous Sculptures created by Steve Hubback) Music created with fire and anvil. Metal Moves perform unique music with a deep energy and feel, percussion music that is something unto itself. All the instruments and musical sculptures are forged by hand by percussionist, sculptor and bronze/blacksmith Steve Hubback who has invented an amazing collection of gong and cymbal sculptures, a multitude of one off percussion sculptures and mobiles, Iron Mountain Horns, resonating steel sculptures and harps. Steve Hubback and Bertus Fridael return with the third release from Metal Moves on FMR, where they continue to explore their ever expanding sound pallette of Hubbacks spellbinding sound sculptures. Always a unique experience ‘Illuminator II’ is not to be missed!!


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UNDRAVERK:
Festival of sound sculpture from reykjavik  [FMRCD149-I0704]

This CD is a live recording of the fantastically successful Undraverk Festival concert in Reykjavik organised by master percussionists Steve Hubback, Erik Qvick along with Sif G. The evening was broken up into four parts all recorded hear. The first was by British percussionist Trevor Taylor playing the Baschet Soundsculptures followed by a solo performance by Swedish percussionist Erik Qvick. This was followed by spellbinding performances by Metal Moves featuring Steve with Danish percussionists Tineke Noordkoek and Birgit Lokke playing Hubbacks spellbinding sound sculpture with the evening completed by a mesmerising solo performance by the enigma and trance specialist Z'ev.


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FRODE GJERSTAD/KEVIN NORTON
NO DEFINITIVE  [FMRCD150-I0604]

One can expect good things from any session with Kevin Norton's name listed in the personnel, New York's All About Jazz has said of Gjerstads latest musical partner. The American vibesman (also known as one of the finest drummers on the scene today) has worked alongside such greats as Anthony Braxton, and has been described as a precision merchant (The Penguin Guide To Jazz on CD). For this recording he brings his acuteley devised accents and polytonal rhythmic perspectives (Downbeat) to Frodes ever excellent sound world. The recording features much of Nortons fine vibraphone work as well as Frodes excellent and visionary playing.


TONY BIANCO
TONY BIANCO: AVYAYAH - DRONE DRUMS [FMRCD176-I0505]

My concept for this recording is that each drum piece serves as a meditation. A flame. An invocation. Inspired from the images from the great spiritual epic, The Mahabharata I called this record 'The Avyayah Drone Drums. 'Avyaya' is a Hindu word (one of the names of Vishnu) meaning constant, no change, that is a drone. I believe that the drone is an aboriginal or primal instinct in ancient music. One is of course reminded of the didgeridoo and of the distinctive tampura drone in Indian music. Along with the images of the Mahabharata I keep a war-like trance (by keeping a drone in the drums) consistent in all pieces. I hope this recording is enjoyed and hope that in some way my over-active imagination may have invoked some valid energy from the images of this great epic. Tony Bianco


ERIK QVIK/STEVE HUBBACK:
WONDEROUS SOUNDS [FMRCD179-I0805]

This duo recording features two of the most original percussionists on the planet, the explosive drummer/percussionist/sculptor/smith Steve Hubback, a Welshman living in Iceland, and one of Swedens leading drummer/percussionists Erik Qvik. For this recording Steve uses his usual set up of sound sculptures made entirely by himself while Erik employs a more traditional acoustic drum kit with added sound sculpture and effects. Their styles are surprisingly different, but they quickly establish a healthy empathy and the wide range of stimulating percussion improvisations proves without doubt their status in the world of creative music.


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DIRK WACHTELAER
RECONSTRUCTION [FMRCD184-i1105]

Dirk Wachtelaer (acoustic drums, electronics), Luc Mishalle (sax (track2)), Michael Weilacher (percussion (track6,8)), Toshinori Kondo (electric trumpet (track12)) Dirk Wachtelaer’s companion piece to his impressive ‘konstruction/deconstruktion’ (FMRCD84-0701) features all the components that make this percussionist/electronicsist such an intriguing talent. Processing and sampling his own acoustic drum samples, Dirk then triggers these using an Octapad, in turn creating whole new rhythms and sound. This excellent CD comprises twelve tracks of experimental, yet infectiously rhythmical music and features additional ‘performances’ from regular contributors: saxophonist Luc Mishalle, percussionist Michael Weilacher and Japanese (electric) trumpeter Toshinori Kondo. Those who haven’t entered Dirk Wachtelaers soundworld before could do no better than through this great new recording.


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Chick Lyall David Garret: GREEN ROOM
UNDERTOW [FMRCD193-0206]

UNDERTOW is the latest release from GREENROOM after an interval of ten years. Originally working as a trio,percussionist David Garrett,along with pianist Chick Lyall and guitarist David Baird forged a musical language which drew from such wide sources as jazz,modern 'Classical music' and the radical sonic experiments of John Cage and Karlheinz Stockhausen. Conventional instruments such as piano, drums and guitars could be combined with electronic sounds driven by computer as well as newly constructed instruments and found objects. Since 1998 Chick Lyall and David Garrett have continued to evolve the music of Greenroom by means of a combination of live improvisation with prepared computer generated sequences. On UNDERTOW they produce an even wider range of colour than before. Multi timbral explorations are combined with detuned acoustic instruments,flutes,sampling and electronic programming. Composition and improvisation exist simultaneously and the music is somehow arrived at through a dialectic of structure and freedom.


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Steve Hubback
Best kept Secrets [FMRCD71]

For this CD actually recorded in 1997) Steve Hubback has finally produced a personal masterpiece! This CD is not only a summary of his current musical direction, but the total personalization of his style brought to life by the use of all his own instruments and sound sculptures. Gongs, Kyzees, Cymbals, Bells, Drums and a host of other Hubback made percussion produce a high energy but also highly spiritual percussive soundworld.


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25 of the Worlds most innovative Percussionists!
PERCUSSION PROFILES [FMRCD74]

The first of two planned CDs based around the new boom about 25 of the worlds leading and most dynamic percussionists. This first CD presents all solo material, much recorded specially for the CD and introduces 13 of the worlds most creative players including players such as Marilyn Mazur, Pierre Favre, Le Quan Ninh, Gregg Bendian


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Paul Lytton, John Stevens, Frank Perry, Eddie Prevost, Trevor Taylor:
Improvising Percussionist (FMR CD81) [FMRCD81]

This new CD represents a snapshot of the UK improvised percussion scene back in the early seventies. Never released before and recorded to a very high quality at Pye Studios in London the CD includes the only ever recorded documentary of the solo recording by the legendary John Stevens, along with some fascinating solo playing by players who have now become a by-word for percussion and improvisation in the UK. On listening time after time to these tapes I know I have done the right thing releasing them, they sound terrific and defy their nearly 30 year enforced hibernation, and now nothing can give me the same buzz to see them finally see the light of day!! (Trevor Taylor)


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Trevor Taylor
New Music For Percussion & Electronics [FMRCD85]

This new CD offers a fascinating tour of Taylors current musical directions including electronics and sound sculpture as well as pure percussion. The CD contains composed works by masters such as John Cage, Toru Takemitsu as well as Taylor himself. Works for sound sculpture by artists Francois Baschet, Steve Hubback and Derek Sheil, plus ‘Eclipse’ and ‘Cosmo’, two unreleased solo percussion pieces from the seventies.


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The Kortrijk Percusssion Project
The Kortrijk Percusssion Project [FMRCD88]

For this brand new project Dirk Wachtelaer chose two other musicians who he knew of and respected, but had not worked with directly before. By coincidence both were British Percussionists, but players with subtly different styles and approaches. There was however a tentative link between them all, in that all three of these musicians have a love of sound sculpture and experimental musical instruments as well as percussion. Wachtelaer's idea was to engage his live electronic percussion and machine samples (which included the sounds of Pierre Bastien and Derek Shiel) with the beautiful hand crafted sound sculptures made and played by Steve Hubback and Trevor Taylors percussion sound sculptures created by the famous Baschet Brothers (Les Sculptures Sonores). For one week the ensemble rehearsed the material, before travelling to a studio in Antwerp to record parts of it, and finally performed the premiere of the music in kortrijk on friday 28th November 2001.


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MICHEL LAMBERT - RAKLAM BOB MOSES (FMRCD 256-0108)
MEDITATION ON GRACE [FMRCD256-0108]

.. Drums and visual art seem to me to go together. Many great drummers are also painters. Do we paint like we play or do we play like we paint or does it even relate? With two drummers playing together then drawing together does this help me understand the incredible process of creation? I embarked on the road to find out. I contacted Rakalam Bob Moses in Boston to see how his powerful drum language and expression with his intriguing visual art style would interplay with my sound and images iconographies. These are conceptual ideas and the real creative experience was beyond concepts. What a day! I arrived in Quincy late morning, just south of downtown Boston. I rang Rakalam's doorbell. I had driven a couple days before from Montreal and that morning, left my family behind in an hotel in rainy Old Orchard Beach hoping the sunshine would finally show up. We were in mid summer, July 15, 2004. Rakalam had already prepared two well furnished drum sets. Soon after, PJ showed up with his portable recording studio. We played non stop for quite a while....took a little break and then back at the drums again. Once I had stepped into Rakalam's door, I had entered the raw unknown, a world so magnificent! While playing, I was busy working with the multiple layers of sounds, creating, sculpting, conversing. Only later on did I realize the proportion, this encounter had taken. Much later, dark outside, we sat down and worked on a couple of small paintings together... In contrast with the afternoon work, our drawing session was very calm and playful. Late that night, we drove down the street to a small Asian restaurant and had some food, hung out little more. In the car, Rakalam played me a, then, recent tape of his and while listening, a clear vision came to me, one of galactic luminosity rising straight up from his drums. I will never forget this and, as you, Rakalam, express it so well, "To my brother in sound healing," ...Hu Rakalam, "love always"... Michel


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EMERGE
VANISHING PICTURES [FMRCD261-0606]

Dirk Wachtelaer (percussion), plus guests The Center for World Cultures Zuiderpershuis is the temple of world music in Belgium and enthusiastically dedicated to their mission : artistic communication between western and non-western cultures. It is that location and ethic that Wachtelaer and a vast erray of musicians from around the globe converge.


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ARE LOTHE KOLBEINSEN/TERJE EVENSEN & MARIA CASTRO
For Those Who Have Everything  [FMRCD272-0309]

Are Lothe Kolbeinsen (guitar/live looping), Terje Evensen (percussion), Maria Castro (electronics & arrangement on Søvngjenger)


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JANNE TUOMI (Percussion)
Resonance [FMRCD266-0908]

Janne Tuomi (percussion) Recorded in the beautiful church of Kulhmalahti in Finland , Resonance features the solo percussion of percussionist Janne Tunomi. The church is recognised as having a spectaculary good acoustic as is evident on the sound his drums and percussion in this recording, excelently captured by Jussi Saivo Janne is one of those new breed of extremely talented musicians who are equally home playing complex and demanding contemporary classical music, tradional music as well as free improv, and for this opportunity he decided to explore free improvisation, something he is very passionate about


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JANNE TUOMI (Percussion)
ELG  [FMRCD280-0709]

Finnish percussionist Janne Tuomi’s second FMR release, was recorded in a studio located in a 100-years old cowhouse that has 1-meter thick stone-walls in Old-Ulvila, on the west coast of Finland. Over two spellbinding recording, Tuomi demonstrates his controlled grasp of his oeuvre. All the effects are created using old analogue devices, operated manually during mixing, leaving the music as a whole, organic and beautifully crafted recording.


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FRODE GJERSTAD DAVID WATSON KEVIN NORTON
TIPPLES [FMRCD299]

This is unique trio features David Watson on electric guitar, Frode Gjerstad on alto sax & clarinets and Kevin Norton on vibes, marimba & drum-set. I know that Frode and Kevin have played and recorded together on several occasions but this is the first time either have worked with Downtowner (& former New Zealander) David Watson, also known as fine bagpipes player and someone not so well-recorded. Right from the gitgo, this is tight, high-end improv at its most exciting. This trio is extremely well balanced and tight as they work together and interact quickly.


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NEIL METCALFE AND OLIE BRICE
BRACKISH [FMRCD301]

I’m pleased to announce the release of a duo album with the great flautist Neil Metcalfe. The album is called ‘brackish’, and is on FMR. It was beautifully recorded, mixed and mastered by Sherry Ostapovitch. Neil and I have been playing together every week for about a year and a half now. We initially worked together in a quartet with Mark Hanslip on tenor and Tony Marsh on drums, and also did a quartet gig with Evan Parker and Tony Marsh. We decided to start playing as an acoustic duo, and the process of developing that together has been one of the most rewarding musical experiences I’ve had. Olie Brice