Of Intellect and Accident
Looking at them, and knowing anything about at all about
their respective backgrounds, it´s doubtful that two
musicians could be more dissimilar. But that´s precisely
the point. The music they make together, an unlikely harmony
of intuition and abstraction, revels in exquisite serendipity.
Intimate and open, it acknowledges the primacy of the (immediate)
moment - spontaneity, attention, urgency - without denying
its (eventual) opposition - sustained emotion, elasticity,
tranquillity. Like life, it can border on the cruel, find
zones of comfort, confront illusion, seek the truth.
Here, the guitar becomes a percussive agent, agile and inquisitive;
detached gestures and terse phrasing emphasize texture,
projection. Tactile events - shards of splintered chords
and ringing notes, resonating chunks - negotiate a new eloquence
of melody. Blown reeds outline melismatic contours, suggest
prismatic colors, but when provoked shift from conscientious
narrative into ´purer´ expression, sheer timbre.
Liquid motion defines lyrical states of being, all various
Together, they realize a duo of dynamics in human proportions.
Nothing is constructed or certain, nothing is deliberate
or denied. Form, an area of agreement however tacit, is
once again the extension of content. In consort, point equals
counterpoint. The key is that they need not adjust. There
is no room for reconciliation; each event creates its own
identity, its own space. Activity invents understanding,
meaning: clear, dry polyphony is a transparent argument
- vibrant, messy, serene - in an environment of tolerance
and trust. Everything is melody. Everything is in order.
At Lange, October 1993