Un nuovo album di Tim Hodgkinson è appena uscito per l'etichetta statunitense Mode; si intitola Sketch of Now e contiene esecuzioni dal vivo e in studio di sue composizioni degli ultimi quattro-cinque anni.
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TIM HODGKINSON - Sketch of Now (Mode 164; USA)
Tim Hodgkinson on clarinet, bass clarinet, conduction & compositions, Vinny Golia on bass clarinet, Robert Reigle on tenor sax, Gustavo Aguliar on percussion, the Hyperion Ensemble and Iancu Dumitrescu as guest conductor.
Unlike his two cohorts from Henry Cow, Fred Frith & Chris Cutler, Mr. Hodgkinson takes a long time with each of his solo efforts. 'Sketch of Now' is only his fifth solo disc since the break-up of Henry Cow in 1979. The past decade has been a busier time for Tim with a half dozen plus discs released including reissues: The Work's 'Live in Japan', the Woof Records compilation, Catherine Jauniaux's 'Fluvial' (which Tim produced) and Het, as well as two more recent discs each from both of Tim's trios, Konk Pak and K-Space.
'Sketch of Now' features six new works, each with different instrumentation and personnel. "Vers Kongsu II" features Tim as the solo clarinetist with Vinny Golia on bass clarinet, Gustavo Aguilar on percussion plus the Hyperion Ensemble conducted by Iancu Dumitrescu. Tim explains that he is dealing with a shamanistic form of dismemberment as the clarinet soloist's possibilities are torn apart and matched by the fragmentation of the ensemble. The piece is filled with extreme suspense and chilling cymbal-work. Both clarinets, Tim and Vinny, weave spaciously like dancing demons through the web-like sounds of the ensemble. "Here as a Sketch of Now" is the translation for the title of the next piece, for tape and ensemble. Tim recorded a thunderstorm, which is used here as the central sound with flute, tenor sax and percussion, mixed with slivers of sounds and occasional eruptions from the Hyperion Ensemble. A most powerful invocation of the spirits. "Fighting/Breathing" is for bass clarinet and taped percussion. Tim balances the percussive sounds of tongue-slapping on the bass clarinet with more static breath sounds, as well as with different wooden percussion sounds. The piece is actually quite minimal, so that every sound and silent space is important. "Fragor" is for computer modified cello and electric guitar and Tim was trying to get the phasing effect of flageolet glissandos on a fiddle, by manipulating the sound of the cello with a computer. While the sounds are quite fascinating, it is difficult to tell what is exactly going on. It reminds me of the way Tom Cora used to hold a thin metal rod next to one of his cello strings and then bow the rod. "De Yoknapatawpha" was written for two clarinets and piano. "Yoknapatawpha is a place where the same events are lived and retold differently by different characters". The piece is completely acoustic and rich in detail, with both clarinets and piano slowly shifting sounds, textures and sonorities. This piece balances the dark with the lighter undercurrents quite well, and erupts from time to time. The final piece is called "Further into Hard Stone" and for the entire ensemble plus flute, French horn and tenor sax soloists. Although it was originally derived from clarinet multiphonics played through a ring-modulator, Tim recomposed it for a larger acoustic ensemble. It is an exquisite work for various layers of shifting waves and currents.
'Sketch of Now' is another rich and provocative collection of successful works from the ever-engaging spirit of Tim Hodgkinson.