Friday, November 15, 2019

Jon Rose & Alvin Curran - Cafe Grand Abyss [ReR Megacorp]

Put on the circuit via ReR Megacorp on September 27th, 2k19 is "Cafe Grand Abyss", the imaginary space created by two seasoned musicians Jon Rose & Alvin Curran on their respective instruments, violin and piano, at an age where other ppl have long settled into retirement plans. Together, the two musicians create a musical world far from being as cosy and vintage as the albums artwork suggests it to be with the opening composition "Adorno's Boiled Egg" bringing on a hard to swallow information overdose whilst incorporating influences from (Neo)Classical / Contemporary Classical, Free Improv, FreeJazz, bar piano, feedback-oozing Noize, experimental cut-up music, HipHop-sampling, Dada and way more - within a total playing time of a little more than 12 minutes only. Which is an awful quite a lot to take in in this short amount of time. Following up are five additional tracks of similar intensity, meandering in between extremes whilst bringing joy and thrill to the most advanced of the advanced listeners whereas other might give up due to the multilayered complexity and seemingly chaotic, yet structured but extremely demanding nature of this longplay piece. Give it a try if you dare.

Album artwork on Instagram!


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