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IKEBANA Reinhold fried Hannes Strobl Elena Kakaliagou Nora Kraal
P.O.P. Psychology of perception [FMRCD432]

Fascinating drone music from this interesting German ensemble ! ikebana takes its name from the tradition of Japanese flower arranging which dates back to the 7th century. The 8 track names are related to this such as Shoka, Rikka, Nigeria and Morimono


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Evan Parker John Russell Ian Brighton Philipp Wachsmann Marcio Mattos Trevor Taylor
Reunion at Cafe Uno [FMRCD430]

On August 14th 2016 Cafe Oto staged a reunion of a group of old friends , the group Stringthing featuring Ian Brighton Electric Guitar, Philip Wachsmann Violin, Trevor Taylor Percussion and electronics and Marcio Matttos cello , with Evan Parker saxophone and john Russell acoustic guitar String thing had not recorded through circumstances since 1988 when they recorded 'Eleven years from Yesterday (FMR02) Coincidently only the second cd in the FMR catalogue


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ED GAUDEN MARK HANSLIP
And how the who can think the what..... [FMRCD426]

This is the third outing on CD from Mark Hanslip and Ed Gauden, but the first for FMR. This time as a duo The pair were originally billed to play a concert as a trio with a pianist, who had to drop out at the last minute, forcing the two remaining musicians to do a duo set. They enjoyed it very much, and felt it was good enough to get their duo on tape, so they went into the studio and this is the result


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Frode Gjerstad Alvin Fielder Damon Smith
THE SHAPE FINDS ITS OWN WAY [FMRCD429]

This trio happened at the No Idea festival in Austin, Texas, February 2016, as an ad hoc combination. I came to Austin with a flu, and felt while playing, I was unable to get any decent sound out of my horn. I was really struggling! I was quite surprised when I heard the recording. Which to me sounds good! Damon and Alvin have played together for some time. I knew Damon a little bit, but I never even met Alvin before. I knew he was a very early member of the AACM in Chicago when they first started and he played with the people that we all know about. He is a “historic” person. Damon is a bassplayer who has worked with a lot of important European and US improvisers and so have I. Frode Gjerstad


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Francois Carrier Michel Lambert
ONENESS [FMRCD444]

'Oneness' is the dynamic Canadians latest release Francois says There are moments when everything flows. When it occurs , one disappears . No more thoughts, no more image, no more anything. Travelling is fascinating, especially when playing music. Michel, Rafal and i gathered at Alchemia Klub on the afternoon of May 25th, 2015 for this session The previous night we were playing in front of an audience at the same place and the recording of this concert 'The Joy Of Being was released in December 2016. I don't have much memories of the music but I remember the feeling, I ws sick and It took all my energy to take care of a bad fever. What strikes me the most is the resonance. As if we were possessed by a higher source of energy. I am speechless. I can't describe to speak about music. Al I can really do is play


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VASCO TRILLA SZILARD MERZEI MARINA DZUKIJIEV
If You Still [FMRCD442]

Surprising and tantalising improvisations of wide ranging creativity from three great players, Szilard Merzei on viola and Marina Dzukijev on piano , led by the irrepressible and wonderful drummer Vasco Trilla, his third album for FMR. With this combination you don't know what to expect, chamber music?, sombre quiet introverted? none of it!


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PEDRA CONTIDA
Amethyst [FMRCD445]

Recorded live in concert by Jose Martins on November 2016 this new recording by Portuguese group Pedra Contida features five tracks, Scree, Chalk Agate, Obsidian, Touchstone titled Amethyst the group has an eclectic line up of Harp, Alto saxophone, computer,electric guitar and drums and produce the wonderful thoughtful and creative improvisation we have come to expect With familiar names like Marcelo Dos Reis and Joao Pais Phili[e etc the music will not


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UDO SCHINDELR OVE VOLQUARTZ
Answers and maybe a question [FMRCD440]

Making music on the same instruments in a duo, could have turned out as boring. Usually in this setting, musicians will move in a fairly limited sonic space. Not so with ad hoc improvisation. As for the possibilities of sound generation, this field knows virtually no boundaries The duo by no means stuck to the lower register. Bass and contrabass clarinets have a large range and are able to reach extremely high pitches in skillful hands. Additionally, a freely improvised approach can resort to overtones that, within the scope of the Salon in Krailling, were at times blasted out in strident attacks. By this means, Volquartz and Schindler were able to supply their musical dispute with the intonations of spoken language and strong emotional fervor... A musical experience full of warmth and surprise!


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Peter Urpeth Silence Ensemble
SPEECH John Cage [FMRCD443]

Great news for fans of wonderful composer John Cage! A new release by the Silence ensemble led by pianist Peter Urpeth featuring three pieces all featuring radio. Radio Music (for 1-8 performers)(1956) Imaginary Landscape No 5 for any 42 recordings (1952) and Speech for 5 radios with news reader (1955) with the news read by John Cavanagh. members of this recording include Peter Urpeth who directs Stuart Wilding, Gerry Loose, Jon Macleod, and John Cavanagh


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Robert Burke George Lewis Paul Grabowsky Mark Hellias
SHIFT [FMRCD441]

The music on this CD (their first on FMR) is the result four great musicians - Burke, Lewis, Grabowsky and Helias- with a background in Jazz coming together to experiment and create music without the need for critics approval either from institutional oversight or industry-enformed norms and prerequisites. And because each is free to express himself asa collaborating individual without genre based limitation, the music they create is ‘free’ music


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Runcible Quintet [FMRCD437]

These duo improvisations were originally made for the development of the soundtrack for Seán Martin and Louise Milne’s 2011 documentary, A Boat Retold. A few short sequences made the final cut. Fortunately, we can hear on this album something close to its initial and fully realized form: a pair of aqueous, intimate and mes- merizing extemporaneous suites. Maggie Nicols, I’m told, came to the title—or the title came to her—after re- listening to the recordings. The music she and Peter Urpeth share combines the exploratory and the atten- tive, shifting between moments of assertion and accommodation, of provocation and conversation, of sounding out and listening in. The phrase Other Worlds suggests not only a combination of allure and unknow- ing, of the worldly and the strange, but also a search by the duo for its own nascent, unfolding narrative, sound- tracking their mutual reach toward each other’s sound- worlds and outward, together: an opening up to the tex- tures and audible flows of the living worlds around them. There are moments, at the beginning of the second piece, when the vocalist veers on her own into what seems like a kind of ur-Gaelic patter, syllables contingently and play- fully feeling their way into what might be meaning, but never quite arriving, never quite coming to ground. At least that’s what I hear, since I don’t speak Gaelic. She offers us something just the other side of words, distilling a ludic alterity that’s sonically palpable in the edgy grain and in the throat- singing overtones that come and go along her sometimes fierce, some- times yielding melodic fractals. The piano functions as resonant accompa- niment, drawing out and layering har- moni


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PAUL DUNMALL JOHN EDWARDS JOHN EDWARDS LIAM NOBLE
Go Straight around the square [FMRCD435]

yet another outing for FMR stalwart Paul Dunmall, this one was recorded last year at the Vortex live, hence its title ‘Just go straight round the square’ His fellow cahoots for this spirited outing including top players on the scene, John Edwards, Mark Sanders and the wonderful pianist Liam Noble Pauls also a pationatte painter and engraver and choose this wood engraving Quad Two’ by Peter Lawrence


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Ashley John Long double bass
PSI [FMRCD434]

Fabulous improvisations by the new virtuoso bass player and his premier release!!!

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