Sunday, August 22, 2010
Natura Naturans Reviews
Time Out New York :
"[C]ompellingly weird....[T]he pair's improvisations embrace both droney drift and harsh angularity." (8/19)
"[A] bracing blast of free improvisation that benefits from the pair's mutual familiarity—their rapport is clear, whether they're shadowing each other with ghostly harmonics or colliding strident squawks and slashing double stops....Recordings like Natura Naturans vividly refute the claim that free improvisation has worked itself into an idiomatic rut and no longer has the power to surprise. Yes, predictable free improv does happen, but a project like Architeuthis Walks on Land makes it clear that we're not at the end of the line."
"[T]his is not unobtrusive music. This is not classical chamber music. This is raw and refined. This is expressive sophistication. They've found a voice and musical direction that is all their own. I hope they keep searching in this direction."
"The music is organic, with the two instruments played acoustically, no effects. It sounds mostly improvised, with all the dynamism that the label implies. Some tracks linger on one trick or formation for a while, like the upward duet squeaking on 'Glitterbird,' but the sound is full of variations and pulse....The two together create a vivid sense of color."
"Whatever happens their improvisations have a strong soul and concept, due to the fact that both musicians play together already for some time and make a very good team."
Time Out New York