Sound Icon debuts with unorthodox beauty – Gerard Grisey in Boston

From The Boston Globe:

Toward the end of Gérard Grisey’s 1976 “Partiels,’’ the composer gives his convictions a comic spin, derailing the music into obbligato choruses of housekeeping: rustling pages, shifting chairs, squirming performers. It’s a literal version of what Grisey has been doing sonically all along: expanding the marginal noises that music, by convention, disregards — the overtones, the breaths, the passing scrapes and squeaks — into lavish soundscapes of their own.

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Sacred scrape: Stuck on Peter Brötzmann

A shot from a 2006 performance by Peter Brötzm...
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Dark Forces Swing Blind Punches has a lot to say on Brotzmann:

I’ve been listening to little other than Peter Brötzmann lately. (The new Strokes album, which I’m really digging, is an exception—review in TONY next week.) I wrote here about a Tony Malaby/Paul Motian listening jag, and about how I often find myself thusly stuck, happily, in this or that groove. I tend to know what puts me there (in this case, it was Destination Out’s posting of a fine Brötzmann solo album, 14 Love Poems [Plus 10 More], preceded by a flat-out incredible Brötzmann/Andrew Cyrille duo album), and to not know what’ll get me out. I’m very much okay with.

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