The BSC - Good (10.2003)
In Vienna, Berlin and Tokyo musicians are working on stillness, reduction,
non-expressivity and micro-differentiation. In Cologne, London, New York,
Chicago, Paris, Warsaw, this music is performed and written about. But
up to now the most exciting of this scene has been happening outside these
large cities. For example, in Boston. That this city possesses a young
and rather large improv scene including labels and venues is well known.
There are even a few ”superstars” like the saxophonist Bhob
Rainey and the trumpeter Greg Kelley, two musicians who have easily liberated
themselves from established improvisation patterns.
What has been missing till now is a recording that clearly exemplifies
the Sound of Boston. Such a thing can hardly be forced, it always seems
to happen casually, e.g. when one listens to a concert recording again
and again and then suddenly discovers how definitive it is!
Such a stroke of luck has arrived with The BSC – Good. The BSC is
a chamber orchestra from Boston led by Bhob Rainey. Joining him are Greg
Kelley (of course), James Coleman (theremin), Howard Stelzer (tapes),
Liz Tonne (voice), Vic Rawlings (cello, electronics), Mike Bullock (bass),
and Chris Cooper (prepared guitar), with guests Axel Dörner (trumpet)
and Andrea Neumann (inside piano).
Good is a 37-minute, improvisation process recorded live, which creatively
draws on the resources from the reduced parameters of this new improvised
music. Despite all the stillness, the music is also surprisingly dense
and tightly woven together. The music captivates via a noisiness radical
maintained throughout the whole piece, and in spite of this (or because
of it?), it is lyrical and surreal. The melody of metallic shimmering
tonal colors can be heard from the very beginning.
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