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Derek Baron "Curtain" [LP]

価格: 3,157円 (税込)
Label: Recital R78

廃盤、全16ページのカラーブックレットが付属、限定150部!!Carman MooreやCop Tears、Marcin Barskiなど、確かな審美眼にて素晴らしい出版を続けるReading Groupの主催者Derek Baron。Recitalより発表した2020年8月リリースの新作。ブックレット全ページに掲載されている自身の過去の楽譜をアッサンブラージュしたスコアを、フルート、バイオリン、ギター、キーボード、バスクラリネット編成のクインテットが演奏、現場の物音やら気配も全て一緒に捉え仕上げたガサついた室内楽[Curtain]。逆サイドの[Chancel]はそれとは異なり、カーラジオ、街に響く聖歌隊の声、カビの生えたオルガン、既成のピアノ録音などを用いたコラージュ。両曲ともこの人物の音楽性が見事に現れた傑作。

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Derek Baron is a composer, musician, and artist. Curtain is a diary. Both in musical and non-musical situations, they attribute a filmic quality to their journal-like aural self-documentation. Dreams turn real then dissolve. Single phrases and events arrive and leave, abruptly. Yet, the overall sense of place that Baron creates is understood.

Opening Curtain is the eponymous piece. A 21-minute live chamber work for quintet recorded in 2018. A musical assemblage of glued-together fragments and scraps of sheet music from Baron’s past. Compositions wrote in the small margins and folds of paper; illustrated in the art booklet included with the LP. The flute, violin, guitar, keyboard, and bass clarinet phrases saunter at a pre-sleep pace, until a subdued, yet ecstatic Mass theme ushers in periodically. Delivering the warmth of life… it is a slow beauty. It brings me such happiness listening to this piece. Its continuity is cut with scissors and pasted about oddly… all soaked in a certain malaise; a resigned grace.

The next piece and other side of the LP, “Chancel,” is rather different. An audio journal flipped through, dropped on the ground, picked up and opened to another page. A confusing montage of world-ized musical snatches: car radios, church choirs emanating to the streets, moldy organs, domestic piano recordings. Similarly, machine vibrations, bodega conversations, and other environmental observations segue the harmony and disharmony of this listening experience. I’ll finish with some of Derek’s notes from the booklet: “Co-opting new achievements / Thank you for this incredible demonstration / This theatre of procedures / This consoling play of recognitions / No theatre but “what’s that”, / Nowhere for the silver ball to roll to. / How are we so in love.”

-Sean McCann (July 2020)