Thursday, July 27, 2017

Recording: Ted Reichman

Artist: Ted Reichman / Ted Reichman & Anne Bourne

Songs: [excerpt from first piece] / [excerpt]

Recorded at The Tranzac's Southern Cross Lounge (Tone Festival – Show #8), June 29, 2017.

Ted Reichman - [excerpt from first piece]

Ted Reichman & Anne Bourne - [excerpt]

Although the local "jazz" festival is anticipated in some quarters, it seemed that too often there was no home there for adventurous and experimental creators. Thus, out of necessity, the TONE Festival was born to give these touring musicians a chance to connect with local audiences and artists. A collaboration between Burn Down the Capital's Tad Michalak, Ron Gaskin (a.k.a. Rough Idea) and Karen Ng and Daniel Pencer, the goal was to create shows that were rewarding for players and listeners alike. Coming a few days after the previous burst of shows, the music in the festival's final night served as a series of meditations upon and tributes to the work of Pauline Oliveros, a suitably-relaxing deep listening experience to close out on.

Ted Reichman's CV notes that he studied under Alvin Lucier and Anthony Braxton (the latter of whom urged him to take up the accordion) but in this solo set, one could definitely feel the influence of Pauline Oliveros front and centre (her instruction to "play long tones" serves as an inscription on his album of solo accordion recordings). With just a couple pedals to enhance the drone, the set really accentuated the accordion as a breathing thing, as layers of sound were woven into a comfortable swaddling blanket. After two long pieces, Reichman unplugged for the encore, where he was joined by Anne Bourne, who was similarly unplugged after serving as a source for sonic manipulations earlier in the night.

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