Reviews that mention Audrey Chen

November 1, 2017

The Revoid Ensemble

The Revoid Ensemble
Found You Recordings FYR 034

Erik Hove Chamber Ensemble

Polygon

Inner Circle Music No #

Like sartorial choices which are deemed completely passé, but turn up more popular than ever years later, Third Stream Music which was declared dead and buried in the mid-1960s continues to be an accoutrement in use by many modern musicians. Although they would likely avoid the phrase itself, the composer/band leaders of these notable sessions are uniquely mixing improvised and notated tropes. The measure of their achievements is how they prevent the shibboleths of either to swamp the concepts of the other. MORE

January 2, 2006

NAKATANI-CHEN DUO

Limn
H&H Production H&H 6

Limning unexpected textures and harsh vibrations while avoiding conventional harmonies and predictable tones, LIMN confirms that there’s still plenty of territory left for intrepid sound explorers to chronicle.

Japanese-born, Easton, Penn-based percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani has been navigating this territory at least since he arrived in the United States in 1995. Gongs, cymbals, singing bowls, metal objects, various sticks and bows are his preferred methods of expression when he’s not resonating the regular kit. Along the way, he’s recorded memorable CDs with the likes of French saxophonist Michel Doneda and New York brassmen, trumpeter Nate Wooley and trombonist Steve Swell. MORE

July 17, 2005

MASASHI HARADA CONDANCTION ENSEMBLE

Enterprising Mass of Cilia (2001)
Emanem 4109

ASSIF TSAHAR & THE NEW YORK UNDERGROUND ORCHESTRA
Fragments
Hopscotch Records HOP27

Utilizing instrumentation more commonly associated with notated chamber music than improvisation, these Boston and New York-based ensembles become individually crafted vehicles upon which the leaders/conductors express themselves.

Although both the 10-piece Conduction Ensemble from Boston and the 19-piece New York Underground Orchestra are top-heavy with string players, the resulting performances bear very little resemblance to one another. Japanese-born, Boston-based Masashi Harada’s version of conduction promulgates a collective creation where each minute gesture or sound is consolidated into a dense whole. He calls his creations music of body. ENTERPRISING MASS OF CILIA’s nearly 66½ minutes may be divided into nine tracks, but the impression is that of a single, dense creation. MORE