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Masterful trombonist Bauer with Peter Kowald-bass & Gunther Sommer-percussion, ''(they) achieve the spontaneous coherence free play often aspires to.''-Coda. [Victo]

A great, subtle set from masterful trombonist Bauer. This consists of solo trombone + electronics, including long delays & much more. [Victo]

"On the final day of the Festival, Eugene Chadbourne, the unique North Carolina advocate of hillbilly anarcho-improv, took the stage with Florida-born techno-conceptualist Kevin Blechdom (born Kristin Erickson) -- with long hair and gender-ambiguous...

Five improvising vocalists meet on stage at FIMAV on May 16th, 2003. You had to be there! [Victo]

"Borbetomagus and Hijokaidan sharing the stage. Noise music fans are getting goosebumps reading those words. Others, well... others should be scared, very scared! Two monster proponents of noise aesthetics, representing two continents whose cultures...

The Anthony Braxton Sextet treated a receptive and enthusiastic audience with an interpretation of Composition 345. With the possible exception of trumpeter Taylor Ho Bynum and, obviously, Braxton himself who insufflate more of their own personality, t...

This is a rousing live recording of his great quartet of Marilyn Crispell-piano, Mark Dresser-bass, & Gerry Hemingway-drums. [Victo]

"This concert offers a striking opportunity to hear the ensemble in full force. The 70-minute piece builds an inner logic of staggering detail, while never loosing the propulsive flow. The shifting layers and counter-structures mount with scorching...

Taylor Ho Bynum : cornet, bugle, trompbone, iPod
Mary Halvorson : guitare électrique, iPod
Jessica Pavone : alto, violon, iPod
Jay Rozen : tuba, iPod
Aaron Siegel : percussion, vibraphone, iPod
Carl Testa : contrebasse...

Two large scale works written especially for this performance, & featuring the amazing line-up of Evan Parker, Bobby Naughton, Joelle Leandre, Gerry Hemmingway, Paul Smoker, & George Lewis. [Victo]

This is by Anthony's current trio with Taylor Ho Bynum on trumpet and cornet and Mary Halvorson on electric guitar.

"Diamond Curtain Wall is relatively new. Here is an intimate opportunity to hear Braxton feature his recent foray into the world..

"From the 2005 Victoriaville Festival, Anthony Braxton and Fred Frith, two graying lions of free improvisation, innovation, and rugged determination to follow their own individual paths, come together for just under an hour -- and in five different enc...

The first duo recordings in 15 years by two of the world's most creative improvisors. [Victo]

A very interesting pairing of the under-appreciated experimental French electric guitarist Jean-Franois, who has played with Arto Lindsay, Rhys Chatham, LaMonte Young, Lee Ranaldo & Keiji Haino, among others, with Helene, a harpist who specializes in c...

"In 2011, FIMAV celebrated Peter Brotzmann's 70th anniversary with two concerts that shook our 27th Festival like an earthquake. Such creativity! Such stamina! Brotzmann is truly an impressive artist and a model for the younger generations of musicians...

Burn is a superb pianist, both as an interpreter of contemporary music & as an improviser. This is improvised music for piano & prepared & extended piano, & his unique attack upon the instrument's normal sound really makes this something to hear. [Victo]

The under-known pianist Burrell with very recognized saxist Murray. [Victo]

This renowned improvising band has had a 20 year residency (!) at Toronto's Music Gallery. The current lineup includes the legendary avant-garde musician & film maker Michael Snow (piano/synths), plunderphonic-meister John Oswald (alto sax) & Paul Dutt...

Two of today's most important guitarists meet for the first time in an homage to the great Derek Bailey! [Victo]

A quite successfull & less ''humorous'' release than much of Eugene's output of late, this is serious improvisational music, featuring his banjo & dobro work in a straight improvisational format with drummer Paul Lovens. [Victo]

Amazingly it was only the second time the two guitarists had ever played together, and the first time in North America. Both are strongly influenced by the country and folk traditions, and it was a real twisted hoedown that took place, with each bringi...

This was one of the more extraordinary sets up at Victo last year, since it was as visually stimulating as it was sound-wise. This brilliant quintet of electro-acoustic French and French-Canadian improvisers performed on an elevated circular stage in ...

Three great players, Nels Cline on guitar, Andrea Parkins on accordion and sampler and (the amazing) Tom Rainey on drums. “Rainey was a surprise hero of this year’s FIMAV, a critical one-third of an improvisational encounter with guitarist Nels Cline...

It seemed to have taken Lindsay's death, recent series of tribute concerts and the ReR 'Rarities' compilation to reawaken people to her work, but at least they've reawakened!

Excellent CD of one of Lindsay's best extended works, with lyrics by...

The commitment and camaraderie in the group are extraordinarily high, something a listener immediately picks up. Above all there's a sense that Cram's music is leading somewhere. It's a voyage into the unknown in which familiar terrain is oddly distort...

A brilliant pianist, here Crispell is featured in an exciting solo setting. [Victo]

A brilliant pianist, Crispell is featured with a great band; Oliver Lake & Peter Buettner-sax, Reggie Workman-bass, & Gerry Hemmingway-drums. [Victo]

Trombonist & electronic sampler Deane has worked in a variety of musics, but may be best known for the six years spent with Jon Hassell during one of Hassell's best periods. These works for dance show a lot of influence of Hassell, & this is a great tr...

11 musicians (multiple reeds, piano, bass, drums & voice) perform compositions & improvisations that are dedicated to the spirit of gagaku. [Victo]

One of my very favorite Ambiances Magnetiques groups is this ongoing project by Jean Derome. This has a crack band and is another winner from les Dangereux Zhoms. Jean Derome : flûtes et saxophones Tom Walsh : trombone Guillaume Dostaler : piano Pi

Dual reeds (Sclavis, Derome), Bruno Chevillon-bass and Pierre Tanguay-drums. Recorded live at, and called one of the highlights of the 2001 Victo Festival, this has these two fine reed players and composers performing in a program both 'raging and refl...

''This music, rock solid, is almost tactile in our hands. It is performed by the American flautist Robert Dick, this Irish-Swiss pianist John Wolf Brennan & the Italian contrabasse player Daniele Patumi.'' [Victo]

This was Bill Dixon's final concert, recorded just a month before he died. It features a number of trumpeters who held him and his work in great esteem, and they do their utmost to pay proper tribute to him and his music...

A postmodern setting for French reedman Doneda, as he battles Eric's turntables & Jean-Marc Montera's guitars & table guitars. [Victo]

An unusual improvisational meeting between reed master Doneda, vocalist Achiary & koto player Sawai. [Victo]

KONRAD BAUER : tromboneJOHANNES BAUER : tromboneUWE KROPINSKI : guitare acoustiqueJOE SACHSE : guitare lectriqueTHE HIGHLIGHT OF THE 15th FIMAV 1998It was a rare opportunity to hear DOPPELMOPPEL, the wondrous Berlin quartet. The group presents a contin...

A 94 studio recording of improvisations by Mark (contrabass), Fred (guitar, tabletop guitar, violin, piano, organ) & Ikue (electronic percussion). [Victo]

''When I saw Denman Maroney & Mark Dresser perform at Victoriaville in May of 2000, I was on the edge of my seat, breathless, agog. It had been a long time since a concert had drawn me in & held me in that way, and I was fascinated by the effortless me...

This has Andre, (Conventum & 4 Guitarists), leading a 16 piece band: string quartet, sax quartet, guitar quartet, piano, & 3 percussionists. [Victo]

Bassist/composer Ellis works with saxists Glenn Spearman, Larry Ochs, Joe McPhee & Christopher Cauley, guitarist James Ruthier & drummer Donald Robinson in varous combinations. [Victo]

In 1994 Joseph Petric (baritone sax) approached David Mott (accordion) and suggested the idea of a unique duo which would explore new compositional, improvisation and artistic terrain. In the baritone saxophone discography, this disc reinforces the wel...

I'd heard that these three master players were all working together and finally, this is the recorded evidence.

What can you say about these three: Evan is a member of Bang On A Can and a master clarinetist. Gyan, the son of Terry, is a...

Non-idiomatic improvisation with lots of Oriental influences from four musicians; Jason Kao Hwang-elec. violin, Sang-Won Park-ajan, kayagum, Yukio Tsuji-shakuhachi, percussion & Joe Daley-percussion. [Victo]

"Evan played mostly soprano sax and Fred often had his guitar on his lap with a table filled with objects: an e-bow, chopsticks, an ashtray, paintbrush, etc. Each of these men have their own vocabulary of sounds so they took their time to work their...

''The extended improvisation moved from open, free sections to heated intensity, ending with an intimate interchange of flamenco-like dancing guitar patterns, Arabic modal clarinet & tinkling percussion....improvisations with a clear sense of intersec...

This was recorded live 10/4/86, with some studiowork performed on it later. This is a mostly composed album by these 2 guitarists, with guest work by Chris Cutler, Tenko Ueno, & Christoph Anders. [Victo]

Natsuki Tamura-trompette, Curtis Hasselbring-trombone, Andrea Parkins-accordion, Satoko Fujii-piano. "Min-Yoh means folk music in Japanese. Almost all of them are made by people, not by professional composers. And they were arranged as they were

Compatriots Satoko Fujii and Tatsuya Yoshida thrillingly demonstrated the virtues of speed metal improv. The piano/drums duo threw itself headlong into a wild and bogglingly precise exchange of hammering percussion and jabbering voices - part battle, p...

Latest from Keiji Haino's highly polarizing power-trio, recorded live at the '97 Victo Festival. This is one of those records of a concert that it's good to have, if only so that you can listen to it at a volume of your own choosing (which will probabl...

Solo studio recordings by Gayle on tenor sax, bass clarinet, piano & drums. [Victo]