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Scat Tim Brady, Topology

This is an extraordinary collaboration between artists from across the world. Brady’s rhythmic jazz-influenced North American chamber music is paired with the dynamic, take-no prisoners virtuosity of Australia’s Topology ensemble, based in Brisbane. Downtown Music Gallery, USA

Il centro di gravità è l’avanguardia del novecento con evidenti riferimenti sia alla scuola post-schoenberghiana, ma anche più contigui alla ricerca elettronica (Stockhausen, Ligeti e Nono) senza disdegnare sporadici ritorni ad una rarefatta tonalità che sa (anche) di “sano” minimalismo. Wonderous Stories, Italy

Tim Brady’s latest release on Ambiances Magnétiques is an extraordinary collaboration between artists from across the world. On the CD SCAT, Brady’s rhythmic, jazz-influenced North American chamber music is paired with the dynamic, take-no prisoners virtuosity of Australia’s Topology ensemble, based in Brisbane.

Brady and Topology began collaborating in 1997, and toured Australia together in 1999, when the idea for this project was born. The CD presents some of Brady’s most exciting and passionate chamber works, in unrivaled performances by one of the finest new music ensemble of our time.

SCAT (because we all have voices and stories to tell) takes its title from the strongly jazz-influenced first and third movements, and also from the unusual use of the musicians speaking voices as part of the music in the second and third movements. In the final movement, the musicians have to tell their life-story in 30 seconds, while playing their instrument as an accompaniement, “scating” their personal histories.

Lighting Field was composed for the 1999 Brady/Topology Australian tour, and consists of two movements. Darkness pairs the musicians against an electroacoustic sampler part (playing processed electric guitar samples) to create a quietly foreboding atmosphere. Illumination brings the ensemble together for one of the most exciting rhythmic and dramatic movements that Brady has penned in recent years.

Dark Matter (Primal Pulse) was originally composed for the Philadelphia ensemble Relâche, and is a small-scale concerto for viola, accompanied by 8 musicians. The work is quiet and introspective in character, and is given a beautiful and detailed performance by Topology’s violist, Bernard Hoey.

Struck Twice By Lightning uses some of the same set of electric guitar samples as Lightning Field, but creates a totally different musical universe with them. Struck Twice By Lighting is about rhythm and articulation, about connecting the dark, visceral sound of the viola to the chiming, clangerous, pulsing sound of sampled electric guitars.

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Scat

(because we all have voices and stories to tell)

Tim Brady, Topology

Notices

In 1998 I Started…

In 1998 I started a collaboration with five fantastic musicians on the other side of the planet, known collectively as Topology, a group based in Brisbane, Australia. We have a common passion for the intimacy and immediacy of small ensemble music, in exploring rhythm and pulse as a primary element in contemporary chamber composition, and a love for simply getting on stage and playing like there is no tomorrow.

Of the four pieces on the CD, some were written specifically for the Topology, and some are arrangements of works originally written for other ensembles. SCAT (because we all have voices and stories to tell) was originally a quartet, but was expanded to suit Topology’s instrumentation and personality, using Kylie and Robert Davison’s propulsive piano and bass playing to push the piece forward. It was premiered during Topology’s 2003 Canadian tour. Lightning Field was composed for our joint 1999 Australian tour. The first section (Darkness) combines sampled electric guitar sounds with the five instrumentalists, while the second section (Illumination) becomes a vehicle for the remarkable rhythmic drive of John Babagge’s saxophone and Christa Powell’s violin.

The slow, ritualistic Dark Matter (Primal Pulse) was written for the Philadelphia group Relâche in 1998, but this small-scale viola concerto works equally well with an augmented Topology ensemble, with Bernard Hoey as soloist. Struck Twice by Lightning takes many of the same samples as Lightning Field and transforms them into a demonic solo for tape and viola, putting Bernard back in the driver’s seat for this work.

There is no point in giving the exhaustive list of superlative adjectives to describe a Topology performance. Listen to the CD – you’ll hear it instantly, words only get in the way of the kind of subtle, split-second communication that the group brings to this music. Thanks, mates.

Tim Brady [x-07]

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