Fennesz, David Daniell, Male | Empty Bottle | Experimental | Chicago Reader
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When: Thu., Sept. 23, 9:30 p.m. 2010
Price: $15
Over the past 15 years Viennese electronic musician Christian Fennesz has worked with free improvisers like Keith Rowe and Peter van Bergen as well as art-pop auteurs like David Sylvian and Ryuichi Sakamoto, and no matter what the context he can incorporate his collaborators’ styles and improve on them. Whether playing guitar or computer, he primarily uses heady, texture-rich ambience, which he can make soothing or bracing. On his latest solo album, 2008’s Black Sea (Touch), he favors undulating waves of sound that threaten to explode but sometimes just calmly roll on, creating tension from the uncertainty over whether or when they’ll break. On the recent Knoxville (Thrill Jockey), a powerful live recording with drummer Tony Buck (Necks) and Chicago guitarist David Daniell, Fennesz’s output works like a glue that binds Buck’s scrapes, screeches, and propulsive clatter to Daniell’s stormy yet ruminative improvisations. He selflessly grounds the music with his shimmering tones, abrasive feedback, and slashing chords, allowing Buck and Daniell the space to embark on beautiful, exploratory trips. Male opens; Daniell plays second, joined by percussionist Frank Rosaly; Fennesz begins with a solo set and then plays briefly with Daniell and Rosaly, re-creating the instrumental format (if not the precise lineup) of Knoxville . —Peter Margasak

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