Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Recording: junctQín keyboard collective

Artist: junctQín keyboard collective

Song: "Bullbats" + "Writing on Stone" [from Grasslands, Badlands and Spirit Sands; composer: Alex Eddington]

Recorded at Gallery 345, May 27, 2013.

junctQín keyboard collective - Bullbats + Writing on Stone

Full review to follow. As I was walking down Dundas and about to turn down Sorauren to head to this gig, I was struck by an Anser mural that has appeared since the last time I was down this way. The new triptych perhaps helped prime my mind for an evening of "firsts", mostly of new compositions receiving their debuts — and mostly of works exploring ways to get three musicians working together on a single piano. That three-in-one unity is part of the stock-in-trade for Elaine Lau, Joseph Ferretti, and Stephanie Chua, who have been playing together as junctQín (pronounced "junction") for a few years now.

The night closed with this Alex Eddington work, which was a sort of première-in-progess, as he expects this travelogue to at least double in size from the twenty-ish minutes now extant. A meditation on some personally-resonant prairie landmarks, this eschews the typical "seas of wheat" for some of the geological outcrops that offer relief, with some animal field recordings providing the interludes in between.

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