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File under: Avant-gardeMinimal

Jürg Frey


Label: A New Wave Of Jazz

Format: CD

Genre: Compositional

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**300 copies** "Taken together, these works not only trigger concentrated, deep(er) listening, making a great case for the importance of silence as a decisive and structural element, but they also stress that the line between a composition and an installation is an imaginary one, or at least much more fluid than one might think." - Guy Peters

"Four remarkable avant-garde recordings, two of which document sound installations – gently inspiring." - Kevin Press, The Moderns

"I easily admit I don’t know much about Jürg Frey, the Swiss composer, other than he is a member of the Wandelweiser group of composers. What I do know is that his music is very quiet, almost like non-existing and I had to turn up the volume quite a bit here to hear anything at all. According to the liner notes the four pieces are connected even when they are quite different, both in composing and performing. Two pieces are from installations and are performed by Frey alone. In Paysage d’échos he plays harmonica, melodica and piano and in Equilibre fragile bird pipes. The latter piece is so extremely silent that I had to turn up the volume a lot and yes, there are bird pipes and even more silence. I liked the other one better, in which the notes are sustained on the harmonica and melodica, while the piano plays sparse notes. Somehow this sounds like a very sorrowful piece of music. Frey using a computer, which I somehow found remarkable, played all instruments on both of them. The other two pieces are Streichtrio, for violin, viola and violoncello and Eyot for piano. In the trio piece, it seems as if the three instruments are barely touched upon. They are, you can hear that, but almost with some hesitation, it seems, and always followed by a bit of silence. I am not sure if I would say the same of the piano piece. There are intervals with silence here too, but not so much the hesitant approach to the keys, I think. The cover explains that all of these pieces can be regarded as ‘static’, without much direction or journey and that’s why they appear on a CD together. It is quiet and it’s static and it’s surely quite beautiful. Best enjoyed by letting it all just happen as it rolls along." - Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly

Paysage d’échos (2009)
Jürg Frey : harmonica, melodica, piano

Streichtrio (1997)
Angharad Davies: violin
Johnny Chang: viola
Stefan Thut: violoncello

Equilibre fragile (2014)
Jürg Frey: bird pipes

Eyot (2004)
Antonio Correa: piano

File under: Avant-gardeMinimal
Cat. number: NWOJ029
Year: 2020

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