Andy Milne & Benoit Delbecq: Divide Comedy

Track

Divide Comedy

Artist

Andy Milne (piano) and Benoît Delbecq (piano, electronics)

CD

Where Is Pannonica? (Songlines SGL SA1579-2)

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Musicians:

Andy Milne (piano), Benoît Delbecq (piano, electronics).

Composed by Benoit Delbecq

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Recorded: Rolston Hall, The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta Canada, January 26-28, 2008

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Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

This is not your 'normal' piano duo. Sure, it's two Steinways, but there is also the ultra modern element of the “Dlooper.” I won't bore you with the details of things like Max-MSP, but let's just say that technology has a role to play here, however subtle.

The piece begins in full-on percussion mode, with both pianos sounding like huge kalimbas. Melodic fragments are then wound around the ostinato pattern. The angularity of the piano lines against the static rhythm is a beautiful thing. Thelonius Monk muses on Cecil Tayler is the vibe my ears get. The last minute or so is where technology comes into play. In a very organic way, the electronics take the notes and draw them out into infinity, like an aural version of contrails. Gorgeous.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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