Source: Cuneiform Records.
NEVER IS ENOUGH
A funny thing happened while Thumbscrew was hunkered down at City of Asylum, the Pittsburgh arts organization that has served as a creative hotbed for the collective trio via a series of residencies. Late in the summer of 2019 the immediate plan was for drummer Tomas Fujiwara, guitarist Mary Halvorson and bassist Michael Formanek to rehearse and record a disparate program of Anthony Braxton compositions they’d gleaned from his Tri-Centric Foundation archives, pieces released last year on The Anthony Braxton Project, a Cuneiform album celebrating his 75th birthday. At the same time, the triumvirate brought in a batch of original compositions that they also spent time refining and recording, resulting in Never Is Enough, a brilliant program of originals slated for release on Cuneiform Records.
THE SENSE OF AN ENDING / LE SENS DE LA FIN
Bisbâyé—pronounced ‘bees-bow-yay’—translates as “what happens when there is nothing else one can do, when uncertainty and obstacles require excelling oneself”. Initially from Quebec’s remote region of Saguenay (home of prog metallurgists Voïvod), the Montreal-based band was founded in 2001 by guitarist Jean-Pierre Larouche with drummer Hugo Veilleux. Currently based in Montreal, Bisbâyé is rounded up by bassist Vincent Savary, guitarist Nathanaël Labrèche, and a second drummer, Julien Daoust. Bisbâyé includes two drum kits, with the two percussionists answering each other’s beats in real time, creating a compelling stereo effect.
21st century classical / post-classical music / new fugues by American minimalist composer / keyboardist/ electronic music pioneer David Borden
Borden on Borden : Gabriel Borden Plays David Borden
Guitarist Gabriel Borden plays music by composer David Borden, including works from his father’s The Continuing Story of Counterpoint, the classical minimalist masterpiece that critics have called “the Goldberg Variations of Minimalism”