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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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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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JOHN EDWARDS MARCELLO MAGLIOCCHI NEIL METCALFE ADRIAN NORTHOVER DANIEL THOPMSON
Runcible Quintet [FMRCD437]

They dined on mince, and slice of quince, which they ate with a runcible spoon, and hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon (from the owl and the Pussy cat (1871) by Edward Lear the music here was recorded at Iklectik on 18th April 2016


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PAUL NUNMAL MATHEW SHIPP JOHN EDWARDS MARK SANDERS
Live in London [FMRCD446]

The 'A' team this time with terrific pianist Mathew Ship play two extraordinary sets at Londons Cafe Oto in Feb 2010 and never released till now!!


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Crux Trio MARK HANSLIP COLIN SOMERVELL ED GAUDEN
Believe [FMRCD447]

The second cd for FMR, Believe contains 8 tracks recorded at Oak Farm with excellent improvisations from leader Ed Gauden on drums, Colin Somervell on bass and saxophonist Mark Hayslip, now a trio after their duo previous release. Crux Trio takes is name from the idea that we keep trying to achieve something that can't be mastered for rewarded. Crux the latin word for cross and the crux or important part of an issue


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DANNY KAMINS DAMON SMITH ALVIN FIELDER JOE HERTENSTEIN
After Effects [FMRCD448]

These four great American improvisers present wonderful Free Improvised Music
! The wonderful Front cover painting by Jerome Bryerton, oil on canvas and the music was recorded and mastered at Sugarhill Studios in Houstan Texas on April 1st 2016 by Jonathan Chan
Mixed and mastered by Jonathan Chan Check it out!


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STEVE BERESFORD TREVOR TAYLOR IAN BRIGHTON
Kontakte Trio [FMRCD449]

The Kontakte Trio ( Beresford , Brighton and Taylor) evolved from one FMR's 30th year anniversary recording sessions at the Toni Visconti studio in Kingston University earlier this year. Taylor and Brighton had been playing together since the early 70's yet never had the opportunity to work with pianist and electronics improviser Steve Beresford. The primary objective as a trio was to explore their common interests in the electronics aspect of improvised music as well as that of the acoustic instrumentation. The recorded output, they feel, is uncompromising and surprising.


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LAWRENCE CASSERELY VIV CORRINGHAM
Anemoi [FMRCD450]

Viv and Lawrence have worked together since the 1990s, in Colourscape and various other venues. In April, 2014 they spent a day with ace record- ing engineer Matt Saunders in the wonderful environment of Piggotts in Buckinghamshire. It was so quiet that the subtle suggestions of life around them, from a bee to a passing light aircraft, simply became part of the performance. In ancient Greek myth, the Anemoi (Greek: Ανεμοι "Winds") were wind gods who were associated with various seasons and weather conditions. They were sometimes represented as mere gusts of wind, were personi- fied as winged men, or depicted as horses kept in the stables of the storm god Aeolus, who provided Odysseus with the Anemoi in the Odyssey. We have named our tracks after winds from other cultures as well as the Greek. They form a compass rose of winds from around the world.


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Jose Lancaster NAU QUARTET
Fragments of Always [FMRCD451]

beautifully haunting improvisations played by the cream of Portugals improvisors, Rodrigo Pinheiro on piano, Hernani Faustino on bass , Jose Lancastre Alto Sax and led by wonderful drummer Joao Lancastre The 6 Aphorisms as a suite of many musical directions was recorded on 18th December 2016 at Timbuktu studios in Portugal. Wonderfully inventive free improv group that has its own special 'Sound' lyrical but busy and inventive

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