Open Secrets
A Suite In 13 Parts
Bechegas / Kowald
Preis / Price : 15.08 €
Bestell-Nr. / P/O No. : FORWARD REC. No.1
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Carlos Bechegas
Peter Kowald double bass
01. Part 01 03:23
02. Part 02 01:48
03. Part 03 03:50
04. Part 04 06:54
05. Part 05 05:02
06. Part 06 04:47
07. Part 07 04:53
08. Part 08 05:07
09. Part 09 05:24
10. Part 10 04:54
11. Part 11 04:34
12. Part 12 05:21
13. Part 13 07:53
Total time: 64 :36
Composed and played by Carlos Bechegas (flutes) and Peter Kowald (double bass)

Recorded by Nana Sousa Dias at ´TIA studios´ (Lisbon) in October 1999
Mixed by Frank Engelmann and Peter Kowald @ ´Pro Audio´, Wuppertal (Germany)
Produced by Carlos Bechegas

Cover painting: Catarina Castel-Branco
Photography: Pedro Martins
Design: Carlos Santos
Liner notes: José Duarte, Gérard Rouy

First released in 2001
Excerpt from the booklet:
(…) Enjoying the flute is not easy, but to enjoy it in all the ways it can be played (…) is practically impossible. Carlos Bechegas (…) knows all the secrets of the flute and how to practice transgression with it, talking to it, suffering with it as it is blown. (…)
Even though the flute is one of the oldest musical instruments in the history of humanity, it is one of the least used in the world of free improvised music. (…)

Born in Lisbon (Portugal) in 1957, Carlos Bechegas studied (like Keith Rowe or Peter Brötzmann) visual and graphic arts, and while pursuing an academic classical education, played jazz-rock, Portuguese popular music, and big-band Jazz. After taking part in improvised music workshops with Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Richard Teitelbaum and playing with his compatriot Carlos Zingaro, he decided to give up his alto and soprano saxes in 1988 and go in search of new musical territories by transferring contemporary flute playing extended techniques to improvisation and by using electronics. After the release of his trio-CD ´Movement Sounds´ (1997) and a remarkable solo album (´Flute Landscapes´ , 1998) he decided to play live with other improvising musicians. He made contact with Peter Kowald through an improvised music workshop held by the bassist at Lisbon´s Goethe Institute in 1997, followed by a duo concert at the ´O da Guarda´ Improvisation Festival in 1999. The similarity of intention, attitude and material between the two men convinced them to record together in duo.
Peter Kowald, a celebrated and prize-winning practitioner in the field of improvised music (…) turns the bass into a machine for commentary and direct speech. (…) He brings new unorthodox playing methods to bear, both in his pizzicato work alternating deep sonorities and harmonics, and in his use of the bow (particularly in combining low notes with his voice), contributing to create complex structures and a dreamlike universe with hypnotic qualities. On flute, Carlos Bechegas covers his nervous and timbered phrasing with a great variety of colours and effects borrowed from contemporary music: multiphonics, flutter-tonguing, micro-tonality, percussive key effects, glissandi, use of the voice, circular breathing.
Together, they create bright and rugged landscapes where the listener is carried away in the maelstrom of their passionate and generous play.

Gérard Rouy
José Duarte

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