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‘Epiphanies VII-XIII’ catches Derek Bailey’s rotating assembly of improvisers in action over extensive, unreleased recordings of their 1982 week at London’s ICA
Documenting a time when the idea of improvised music was still thrillingly original, ‘Epiphanies VII-XIII’ sees Derek Bailey accompanied by a coterie of empathetic players during the 7th Company Week session - a seminal series of annual (1976-1994) gatherings of players who might not otherwise had an opportunity to play together. Striving to work beyond restrictive generic taxonomy, the results of each Company Week were endlessly inventive and pioneering toward new frontiers for unscripted, contemporary music.
The line-up for this session: Ursula Opens (Piano), Fred Frith (Electric Guitar, Live Electronics, Percussion); George Lewis (Trombone), Anne Le Baron (Harp), Akio Suzuki (Glass Harmonics, Analapos, Spring Gong, Kikkokikiriki), Julie Tippetts (Acoustic Guitar, Voice, Flute), Moto Yoshizawa (Bass), Keith Tippett (Piano), Phil Wachsmann (Violin, Electronics), Derek Bailey (Acoustic & Electric Guitars).
Boldly going where few had ventured before them, the players effectively render alien results from ultimately human endeavours. In efforts to bypass their collective roots strewn between myriad forms of instrumental folk, blues, jazz, rock and modern classical, they enact a form of sonic anarchy that treads the finest line between chaos and coherence, moving as one between fractured silences and swarming rucks of sound that arguably resemble nothing that came before them and offer a totally captivating experience to intrepid listeners exhausted by musical convention.