Roland Dahinden trombone
Hildegard Kleeb piano
Cameron Harris electronics
Recorded by Jonathan Crossley at SABC studios Johannesburg, mixed and mastered by Micha de Kanter at MIDEKA studio Den Haag in January 2020
One the greatest trombone vistuoso and composer who worked with such names like Anthony Braxton, Joelle Leandre or Joe Fonda. Such masters like John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Christian Wolfe, Pauline Oliveros and Peter Ablinger wrote music especially for him. Divided between improvisation and composition Roland Dahinden became one the truly amazing artist. Form years closely work with another phenomenal artist, pianist and composer Hildegarde Kleeb. Now, with electronic performer from South Africa, Cameron Harris, they both recorded a brand new studio album in the heart of Johenesburg. Please welcome in fsrecords' family these exeptional artists.
There is a good chance that inimitable trombonist Roland Dahinden and pianist Hildergard Kleeb, and electronics wizard Cameron Harris never met legendary Brasilian poet Manoel de Barros whose deeply meditative, often surreal poetry celebrates life in all its glorious form. But a seminal connection between the musicians and De Barros is unmistakable. The Brasilian published an iconic book of poems Gramatica Expositiva do Chão (Poesia quase toda) [Descriptive Grammar of the Ground (almost complete poems)]. To understand the connection between the musicians and the poet let’s look at what the latter describes as the “Matter of Poetry”.
“Things that have no claims, such as for instance
stones that smell the water, men who go through
periods as trees, are good for poetry…”
On Dancing the Stone, these improvising musicians have something eerily similar to say. On this repertoire Dahinden, Kleeb and Harris create breathtaking sonic poetry that describes imaginary and concrete landscapes. In a sweeping musical procession songs become landmarks of ever-changing musical scenery viewed from constantly evolving perspectives. Like De Barros’ descriptive grammar of the ground, their descriptive grammar dwells in the poetry of music. Notes leap and....... więcej