Sixty Interpretations of Sixty Seconds AP-04 (www.aimtoronto.org)
David Sait (b.1972), the Brampton/Toronto experimental guzheng (zheng)
improvising musician and the curator of this album, has “sewn together
back-to-back… sixty innovative, forward thinking musicians from all over
the World.” Each of them has provided a sixty second performance
identified by their own unique musical voice.
While one expects a conceptual and aesthetic musical framework around
such a curating job, this unique CD has in addition a fascinating
numerological frame. The organisational principal of the number sixty is
evident on several levels: sixty musicians performing for sixty seconds
each, carefully compiled and arranged into ten tracks comprised of ten
suites of six musicians.
Moreover the resulting journey is not a simple smorgasbord of
individually recorded solo improvisations. It is rather a reaffirmation
of David Sait’s long-term project: to forge links between performers of
experimental and traditional global musical languages. The inclusion of
performers from North and South America, Europe and Japan implies a kind
of emerging global community of improvising musicians. For Sait’s future
projects, I would like to propose the inclusion of musical voices from
the rest of the world.
The mind-boggling variety of instrumentation included on this CD
already serves to blur traditional and experimental musical genres.
Solos on church organ, “rubber glove bagpipes,” cello, gong, piano,
signal processor, oud, Theremin, tar and “field recordings” are among
dozens of different instruments. Leading Toronto free improvising
musicians Michael Snow, John Oswald and Joe Sorbara present
characteristic virtuoso gestures, but there are too many musical
highlights and quirky moments to mention in a single review.
Listening to this CD is a satisfying international armchair sonic
expedition. There seems to be something for almost every musical taste
here – and if you encounter something too sonically trenchant, you can
relax knowing that in less then sixty seconds you will be entering yet
another new personal sound world to explore.