February 5, 2014 - Flicker

February 5, 2014 – Flicker

Nicole Rodrigue - Portrait

Finding a rare copy of Zygmunt Krauze’s incredible solo piano works late this afternoon was provocation enough to develop a tracklist around it.

1 – Streifenjunko – ‘Nærmest Null’ – Sval Torv – Norway, 2012

2 – The Dogmatics – ‘Eternity Is A Long Time’ – The Sacrifice For The Music Became Our Lifestyle – Australia / Germany, 2012

Kai Fagaschinski is King Midas of the clarinet (who thought that was even possible?).

3 – Johannes Dale – ‘Springar’ – Folk Music Of… Norway – Norway, 1954

4 – Waldemar Kazanecki (p. Zygmunt Krauze) – ‘For One String’ – New Piano Sounds – Poland, 1973

The A side of my copy is a little torn up, apologies for the mediocre quality of recording for this show. The opening track on the LP, composed by Krauze himself, almost made into the show instead – an aggressive and hypnotic work worth seeking out.

5 – Inanga – ‘Take Me Back To Mabayi’ – Burundi – Burundi, 1974

Something about the minimal variations reminded me of contemporaneous Occidental serialism. Catchy to boot.

6 – Novy Svet – ‘Instrumental’ – Cuori Di Petrolio – Austria, 2000

7 – Iancu Dumitrescu – ‘Medium II’ – Medium II / Cogito – Romania, 1987

8 – Lori Freedman – ‘Flicker’ – Bridge – Canada, 2009

9 – Nicole Rodrigue – ‘Four Movements From Soufriere’ – Portrait No.2 – Canada, 197X

Stefan Thut - Drei 1-21

10 – Stefan Thut (p. Johnny Chang, Sam Sfirri, Jurg Frey) – Untitled – Drei 1-21 – Switzerland, 2013

11 – Mike Majkowski – ‘Belt Of Sand’ – Why Is There Something Instead Of Nothing – Australia, 2014

You can find any number of positive reviews of this beautiful release elsewhere. Suffice to say here that I incidentally played it alongside Eliane Radigue’s newest composition for bass and basset horn, and it compared favourably. The almost percussive tremolo scraping of the bow on the first side is especially inspired – highly recommended.

Get the full show as a stream or download here.