AMN Reviews: Richard Teitelbaum – Solo Live

Richard Teitelbaum: Solo Live [Mutable Music 17548-2]

The two pieces on this release are based on an ongoing experiment in playing to ambient sounds that composer/performer Richard Teitelbaum first conducted in the early 1970s. Teitelbaum in effect posits a zone of overlap between composed or improvised music and the accidental sounds of the environment surrounding it. Rather than contrasting the two types of sounds, Teitelbaum seeks to integrate them into a considered synthesis of the deliberate and the contingent.

Both pieces on the CD were recorded live at Baltimore’s An die Musik in April 2009. Threshold Symphonies, the long opening track, features the composer on Kurzweil 2000 sampler. Teitelbaum takes sounds from a wide variety of sources and constructs them into an audio mosaic in which they are sometimes recognizable and sometimes not, but always absorbing. Like a stain-soak abstract painting made of vivid colors, the piece is made up of multiple layers, with each layer leaving enough transparency to allow the underlayers to show through. One can hear the sounds of wildlife, human voices and musical instruments set within more ambiguous electronic sounds, some of which are reminiscent of the just-beyond-grasp murmurings of imagined voices heard in a hypnagogic state. Threshold Symphonies is followed by the shorter but still substantial TBCi/bRT, an improvisation for (mostly) acoustic instruments. The palette here is more constrained and is dominated by the piano, which sets out shimmering, sometimes discordant harmonies as landmarks throughout the course of the work.

This is a fine addition to Teitelbaum’s recorded oeuvre.

Upcoming From The Uncertainty Music Series

Keith Fullerton Whitman in 2006
Keith Fullerton Whitman in 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

COming shows at New Haven’s The Uncertainty Music Series:

Jessica Pavone, CJ Boyd, and An Historic Trio at Taco Hut HQ
Thursday 7 February 2013

Jessica Pavone :: violin, voice
CJ Boyd :: bass, voice

An Historic Trio
Adam Matlock :: accordion, vocals
Brian Slattery :: violin
Carl Testa :: bass

Taco Hut HQ
265 Orange St
New Haven, CT

Rob Mazurek, Marianne Kim and Quartet Collective
Sunday 2.10.2013 7:30pm

The Space Between – with Rob Mazurek and Marianne Kim
& Quartet Collective – with Rachel Bernsen, Melanie Maar, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Abraham Gomez-Delgado

This concert brings together six thrillingly experimental cross-disciplinary performers from across the country for a shared evening of new work.

The Space Between is a collaboration between composer/cornetist Rob Mazurek and video artist/choreographer Marianne Kim, on a double bill with the interdisciplinary improvisational ensemble Quartet Collective, featuring dancers Rachel Bernsen and Melanie Maar and musicians Taylor Ho Bynum and Abraham Gomez-Delgado.

The BIG ROOM | Erector Square | 319 Peck St. New Haven

Saturday 23 February 2013
Keith Fullerton Whitman: Quad Audio and Video
at Firehouse 12
45 Crown St
New Haven, CT

Saturday 2 March 2013
Take Your Time with Abraham Gomez-Delgado
319 Peck St
New Haven, CT

Saturday 9 March 2013
Carl Testa Solo and Shayna Dulberger Quartet
at Never Ending Books
810 State St
New Haven, CT

Saturday 30 March 2013
Jeremiah Cymerman: Book of Dead
at Firehouse 12
45 Crown St
New Haven, CT