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After a standout Recollections GRM side in 2015, Argentina’s Beatriz Ferreyra places over half a century of avant-garde knowledge and practice at the service of an utterly enchanting new collection for Room40, ranging from elegiac vocal works to apocalyptic concrète composition...
Since starting work at the esteemed GRM in 1963 and appearing alongside Pierre Schaeffer and Guy Riebel on 1967’s ’Solfège De L’Objet’, Argentina-born Beatriz Ferreyra has divided her time between educational functions and developing a style of free concrete composition that generally lay below the radar of most but the keenest ears.
In 2015 Recollections GRM brought Beatriz to wider attention with the spellbinding ‘GRM Works’ surveying more than 50 years of her enchanted ideas, and now ‘Echos +’ highlights three works (from 1978 and 2007) that only confirm her bewitching way with concrète composition. In three parts she uses tape and other forms of manipulation to portray both wildly abstract and poetic sorts of narration, ranging from the haunting, keening lament of ‘Echoes’, a piece sourced purely from recordings of her niece who died in a car crash, while ‘L’Autre Rive’ is based on the Tibetan Book of The Dead and exclusively uses percussion in roiling waves that recall Sarah Hennies’ ‘Embedded Environments’, but spun out by Bernard Parmegiani, and hypnotically highlight Beatriz’s incredible proprioceptive sensibilities.
Collected with the deeply psychedelic, ‘Pataphysical theatrical exorcism of sorts in the 17’ of ‘L’Autre … Ou Le Chant Des Marecages’, this release finds strong corollaries everywhere from Joan La Barbara to Björk, Teresa Winter to Ronce and Luc Ferrari, and surely highlights Beatriz among the unsung voices of her pioneering generation - one of those who still dreams in daring ways.