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Allison Cameron’s suite of dreamlight chamber works is the most intriguing and compelling of Another Timbre’s summer crop, featuring Apartment House and her band, notably including Constellation's Eric Chenaux
Apartment House in a Sheffield church, and at Goldsmiths Music Studio, help give wings to Canadian composer Allison Cameron’s work, alongside one piece starring Eric Chenaux and Stephen Parkinson, recorded in Toronto. Once again this session presents another aspect of Apartment House’s diverse repertoire, with Allison joining the band on its three-part closer.
Commissioned by Ronda Rindone and written in 1996 for bass clarinet, ’Somatic Refrain’ is newly performed by Heather Roche right on the cusp of bittersweet gnarl, transitioning to barely there spectralism in its 17 minutes span. ‘Pliny’, a commission by Continuum, is a gorgeous standout chamber work for sextet recalling John Cage’s latter harmonic works, and ‘H’ (2008) provides a fine contrast of what sounds like country baroque music, with Allison (banjo, bass harmonica, toy piano) joined by Stephen Parkinson (electric guitar), and Constellation regular Eric Chenaux (solo guitar) reminding us of Jozef Van Wissem works.