Vox Arcana, DJ Jim Baker | Hideout | Jazz | Chicago Reader
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When: Wed., Aug. 11, 9:30 p.m. 2010
Price: $7
On the second album from his trio with clarinetist James Falzone and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, percussionist and composer Tim Daisy digs deeper into an ongoing exploration of the intersection of contemporary classical and improvised music. A musician whose productivity hinges on bold improvisation, he's developed an interesting hybrid with this project, drawing on three distinct spheres of musical thought: the New York school of modern classical (Cage, Wolff, Feldman, et al), Chicago's AACM, and early minimalists like LaMonte Young and Terry Riley. On the new Aerial Age (Allos Documents) two members typically veer rapidly yet naturally, in solo and duo sections, between improvisation and tightly written passages built on stabbing, zigzagging unison patterns while the third generally sticks to the piece's written themes. The improvisational material rarely has much to do with jazz—though Lonberg-Holm's walking lines and Falzone's buoyant swooping on a piece like "The Silver Fence" make the connection explicit. When Daisy solos on his kit he definitely delivers the elaborate architecture of contemporary classical percussion music, but he also plays a lot of marimba on the album, and that instrument tends to add a more melodic, less complex element to the mix. Daisy's writing isn't especially compelling on its own, but its intricate use of space, dissonance, and jagged rhythm helps launch the improvisations in an exceptional way. —Peter Margasak



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