It has been fascinating to listen to the ways Evan Parker's Electro-Acoustic Ensemble has developed its approach over the past 13 years. Some of its members, such as Paul Lytton, Barry Guy, Lawrence Casserley, Walter Prati, and Philipp Wachsman, have been here continuously since 1996's TOWARD THE MARGINS, and the original sextet has now grown to 14 members, including new ones Peter Evans, Ned Rothenberg, and Ko Ishikawa. THE MOMENT'S ENERGY, an extended work in seven sections, is their fifth recorded outing. What is so immediately striking about this piece is how formally constructed it is. That does not mean there isn't improvisation--after all, this is an Evan Parker-led group--but more important is the place of composition in the framework of the whole, with cascading sonics shaping an international array of acoustic sounds, including Parker's soprano, Ishikawa's sho, Agusti Fernandez's piano and prepared piano, Rothenberg's clarinets and shakuhachi, Guy's bass, and Lytton's live percussion. ENERGY is a gorgeous work when taken as a whole, a musical journey through multi-dimensional landscapes and sonic shadows that seems to stretch time itself.
Release Date: 08 June 2009
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