CD label another timbre have released a wonderfully produced 6-CD set: Wandelweiser und so weiter (another timbre, at56x6). Composers featured include Michael Pisaro, Manfred Werder, Jurg Frey, James Saunders and John Cage. The edges ensemble, based in the music department at Huddersfield and directed by Dr Philip Thomas, are featured on three pieces, by Jurg Frey, Taylan Susam and John White. Additionally Philip Thomas appears on a number of works, including Michael Pisaro’s work for retuned piano and sine tones Descending Series (1) and can also be heard performing alongside Jurg Frey, Radu Malfatti, Lee Patterson and many others.
In the interviews included in the sleeve notes, Philip says about the collection:
What is so fascinating about this confluence is that it is so rare that performers from improvisation and composed backgrounds, and both, find common ground without egos and agendas getting in the way. The engagement between musicians/artists from all kinds of backgrounds feels entirely organic and natural and is something to really celebrate. I would say also that it has heightened the need for composers to devise structures and contexts for performance that are clearly differentiated from contexts for improvisation.
Below is an extract from Jurg Frey’s composition Circular Music No.2. The performers are: Angharad Davies (violin), Phil Durrant (electronics), Jurg Frey (clarinet), Anton Lukoszevieze (cello), Radu Malfatti (trombone), Lee Patterson (amplified objects), and Philip Thomas (piano). The recording is on the CD ‘Undertows’, part of the 6-Cd set ‘Wandelweiser und so weiter’.
Full details can be found at http://www.anothertimbre.com/page145.html