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File under: Free Improvisation

Jim Denley, Cor Fuhler


Label: Splitrec

Format: CD

Genre: Experimental

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Jim Denley and Dutch musician Cor Fuhler first met at the Taklos Festival in Switzerland in the early 1990s and Cor's frequent visits to Australia over the years gave them the opportunity to occasionally play. In 2012 Cor moved to Sydney, allowing them to ramp up the duo - this is their first release together. Over 7 weeks at the end of 2013 they recorded weekly in Cor's backyard studio, eventually choosing take 9 and 12, titling them Skive and Wag. Their imaginative preparations and inventions mean that listeners will find it hard to believe they are playing saxophone and piano, and at times, be unable to distinguish between the two players. They don't accept clichés about instrumental notions and fashionable schools (new and old). But Truancy isn't just about opting out, rather, time away from institutions has been devoted to generating new sounds and structures. Jim Denley remembers vividly attending Teletopa concerts as a 14 year old - it was a major influence. He co-founded Splitrec in 1987. Collaborations, his radio feature for the ABC won the Prix Italia in 1989. His CD Through Fire, Crevice and the Hidden Valley, recorded in the Budawang Mountains, received an Honorary mention in the Digital Musics category of the Prix Ars Electronica 2008. In 1990 he was a member of Derek Bailey's Company for a week of concerts in London. He co-founded the electro-acoustic text music group Machine for Making Sense. Cor Fuhler has been called many things: a maverick, a chameleon, a tinkerer, innovator and even traditionalist. However, above all, he simply thinks of himself as an improvising musician and organizer of sounds, ideas and combinations of people. Piano and prepared piano (acoustically and electronically) is usually his first choice, the instrument he studied at the Amsterdam conservatorium in the 80's. Since then he has added an array of other instruments to his practice: the EMS synthi analogue synth, the keyolin (a keyed violin of his own invention), guitar, a collection of 30 organs or keyboard instruments and various unusual (but usually modified) instruments.

File under: Free Improvisation
Cat. number: splitrec 24
Year: 2016
Recorded December 12 + 17 2013 at Conundrum Studios Wahroonga