Hans Tammen: Antecedent Part I: Opening


Antecedent Part I: Opening


Hans Tammen (concept, real-time arrangement)


Third Eye Orchestra (Innova 225)

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Hans Tammen (concept, real-time arrangement), Marty Ehrlich (bass clarinet, alto sax, flute),

Dafna Naphtali (voice, live sound processing), Detlef Landeck (trombone), Briggan Krauss (alto & baritone saxes), Robert Dick (flute, contrabass flute), Ursel Schlicht, Denman Monroney (piano, keyboards), Mari Kimura, Mark Feldman (violins), Stephanie Griffin (viola), Tomas Ulrich (cello), Stomu Takeishi (bass), Satoshi Takeishi (percussion)


Composed by Hans Tammen


Recorded: live at Roulette, New York, December 2006


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Those familiar with Hans Tammen most likely associate him with "endangered guitar," the term he's given his highly processed, largely textural electric guitar concept. Third Eye Orchestra is another aspect of his musical personality. Recorded live at Roulette, Downtown NYC's premier presenter of experimental music, Tammen guides a group of 13 exceptional free improvisers through two performances of his minimalist-inspired, multi-movement composition titled "Antecedent" (in its first guise) and "Consequent" (in its second). "Part I: Opening" begins with the eel-y improvised squiggles of Mari Kimura's violin. Groups of instruments make measured entrances. The atmosphere intensifies, then calms, as Marty Ehrlich plays a tightly focused, dynamically restrained bass clarinet solo. Ehrlich's improvisation ends the movement, yet serves largely as a segue into the next section, as Tammen's charges go on to explore nearly 80 minutes' worth of a nicely balanced mixture of improv and composition.

Reviewer: Chris Kelsey


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