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Harry Partch "The Bewitched: A Ballet Satire" [CD]

価格: 2,167円(税込)
Label: Neuma Records

コレは貴重且つ高内容な音源!!お見逃しなく!!渡り鳥労働者"ホーボー"出の天才音楽家として知られるハリーパーチ。1957年にイリノイ州で初演された、氏が楽器のセット及び音楽を担当した実験舞台[The Bewitched: A Ballet Satire]の演奏風景を録音した超貴重記録!!収録されているのはオリジナルセットを使った1980年のパフォーマンスであり、各楽器のサウンドが自然な音響バランスで浮遊、満員の聴衆の咳や声、ダンサーの足音、宙を舞うボールの音と小気味好く入り混じる全10シーン。前衛とリチュアルの混合が最高にクールな一枚です。2020年に体制が変わった米コンテンポラリー/実験の老舗Neuma Recordsの2021年作。マスト。

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THIS IS A BINAURAL RECORDING, BEST HEARD ON HEADPHONES

Isabella Tercero - The Witch
Peter Hamlin - Adapted Koto
Phil Keeney - Spoils of War
Cris Forster - Marimba Eroica
Randy Hoffman - Cloud Chamber Bowls
Francis Thumm - Chromelodeon I
Jon Szanto - New Boo I
Dan Maureen - Bass Clarinet
Donna Caruso - Piccolo and flute
Robert Paredes - Clarinet
David Dunn - Adapted Viola
Robin Gillette and Anita Mitchell - Kithara II
Ron Caruso - Diamond Marimba
Gary Irvine - Bass Marimba
David Savage and Paul William Simons - Harmonic Canon II
Ron Engel - Surrogate Kithara

Dramatic moments of enlightenment – when the mask is dropped and truth revealed – are found in tales from the Buddha and Euripides to Scooby Doo and Star Wars. And few artists have been as fascinated by niggling the clueless or deflating the stuck-up as Harry Partch (1901-1974). As a lifelong outsider, the conformist society he experienced and the narrow-minded attitudes (not to mention musical delusions) that permeated it, are themes to which he often returned. In the 1950s, seeing a world that could use a good dose of reality, he hit upon the idea of a witch who would go around scenes of everyday American life, and, wielding her ancient magical powers, deliver a much-needed smiting of self-awareness. Harry would write the ‘background music’ for them.

With a real-life chorus of lost musicians at his disposal (renegade players from the Bay Area, disillusioned by their regular gigs, who would show up at his Gate 5 studio in Sausalito to hang loose and play his instruments), he had the basis of The Bewitched (A Ballet Satire). The set ups for the denouements occur in ten scenes covering a soap opera’s range of episodes, all ripe for revelation: students out for an exotic club night, a dreary music class, a smarmy seducer, a new-music fan, a losing basketball team taking a hot shower, first kissers in a stairwell, slapstick detectives, a judge in his court, a politician in paradise with scandalous houris, and a cocktail party of the fashionable elite. You get the idea. It’s a good dose of fun with a serious intent and more reveals than HGTV. The musicians themselves also participate in the psychological stripteases, united by the common bond of music, conjuring their collective energy before disappearing again.

Only produced a few times since its premiere in Illinois in 1957, this 1980 production on his original set of instruments, directed by Danlee Mitchell, was the first Partch work to be taken abroad (in a radical production conceived by Kenneth Gaburo). It was the centerpiece of the huge Für Augen und Öhren, Berlin Festival, in West Germany, and took place in the Academy of Arts, a few feet from the Berlin Wall (repression, anyone?). An outfit from the RIAS (Radio in the American Sector) came to record the performance with a binaural head microphone setup. This recording (best heard on headphones) therefore closely represents the experience of an audience member at a live Partch event, featuring the natural acoustic balance of the instruments, occasionally punctuated by coughs and gasps of the packed audience, dancers’ footsteps, and flying basketballs. All generating the rare Corporeal magic that fuels the power of much-needed truthing.