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Tim Olive, Cristián Alvear


Label: 845 Audio

Format: CD

Genre: Experimental

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** 2021 Stock. Glass-mastered CD in hand-stamped, recycled chipboard cover ** Minimalist Chilean guitarist Cristian Alvear and Tim Olive first played together in October 2016, doing three concerts in Japan, Alvear returning to Japan in October of 2017 for additional performances in Kyoto and Osaka, then spending a day recording in Kobe; this single improvised piece he result of that day, heard as it was recorded, with a few structural edits.

"Usually the sparring partners of Tim Olive, magnetic pick-ups player pas excellence are musicians who are also at the edges of radical improvisation, with constructions of their own making, so to see him play in duet with Cristian Alvear (see also elsewhere) is quite a surprise. Alvear is best known as a guitar player and usually to be found in very quiet surroundings. Alvear and Olive played their first three concerts in Japan in 2016 and in October the year after, they played in Kyoto and Osaka and spend a day together to record the music that found it's way onto 'Telquan'. Of it, Olive writes, "the music is heard as it was recorded, with a few structural edits". What can be noted straight away is that the guitar played by Alvear is quite loud here; I assume an acoustic one and it's just very close to the microphone. The music they play together is a very fine mix of acoustic sounds and amplification of both the space the guitar is played in and some additional small sounds played by Olive. At least that is what I assume here. The guitar is amplified, with small feedback like treatments, gives it a great ringing sound and Alvear's pick on the strings in clear and strong. The additional sounds produced by Olive is that of more delicacy; the rattling of coins, the strum of a metal rod and such like and in the second half a gentle approach to crude drones. Towards the even Alvear goes out of shape by gently detuning the strings and thus signalling we are nearing the end of a wonderful forty-one-minute trip. It is something that is both rough and gentle, loud yet quiet and is a great release."- Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly

Cat. number: 845-14
Year: 2019