The genius of Cooper-Moore … Brilliant pianist and accompanist… builder and creator of unique and singular home-made instruments… sonic explorer are all captured in this beautiful 3 CD set in a keepsake tin in printed cotton muslin bag.
Cooper-Moore came to Nashville to record with Ed Pettersen and a group of innovative young musicians trying to forge their own creative path in an ever-changing musical landscape. What he brought with him was a container of his own hand-built instruments and a truckload of stories, advice and insights that he shared freely. In the first disc of the set, The Nashville Sessions, Cooper Moore changes up his instruments spontaneously especially during some of the longer improvisations, creating a very intoxicating brew of instrumental textures with Ed Pettersen on guitar and modular devices, Jerry Navarro on acoustic base and Dylan Simon on synthesizer. The overall vibe is contemplative and exhibits a nice ebb and flow between the acoustic and electric instrumentation. Disc Two Occupied features Ed Pettersen, Cooper-Moore and double bassist Larry Roland capturing their own magical moments in the downtime of a session with legendary free jazz saxophonist Giuseppi Logan in NYC (see The Giuseppi Logan Project). Here Cooper-Moore plays exclusively acoustic piano in a beautiful set of extremely well-recorded takes. Naked and beautiful at the same time, it fully captures C-M's inventive and deft live improvisational dexterity on the piano. In the third CD of the set, the gospel recording The Reverend Eddie Bones, Cooper-Moore brings his own experience and insights to the interpretation of ten classic gospel tunes, sharing vocals with Pettersen on a few tracks, applying his handcrafted tools to each track and adding syncopation and contrasting rhythmic patterns on drums.
Following the well-received performance and subsequent release of their live recording of Cornelius Cardew’s complete Treatise, The London Experimental Ensemble returns with a new approach to the ancient folk songs of the Child Ballads. For the uninitiated, the Child Ballads are 305 traditional ballads from the British Isles, along with their American variants, as catalogued and studied by Harvard University professor of literature Francis James Child. The ten volumes Child published between 1882 and 1898 earned him a unique association with the canon of British folklore, thus the Child Ballads. On the principle that nothing is more British than free improv, which incubated in London in 1962, and these ballads which encapsulate the last 500 years of UK history and lore, after thoughtful consideration The London Experimental ensemble embraced the challenge of a free improv recording of these traditional ballads.
Henry Kaiser and Ed Pettersen embrace the long tradition of guitar duets with a unique pairing of instruments in this new in this new free improv recording. Inspired by their collaboration with other musicians on Interstellar Transmissions., when the topic of a guitar duet came up Pettersen suggested he play his 8-string acoustic Weissenborn thinking it would be highly complementary to the harp guitar of Kaiser. Not aware of any other such pairing, the duo set to work recording a fully improvised album adding textures with their respective signature use of pedals and tape machines.
We Call All Times Soon explores soundscapes and textures that we have not heard previously in a guitar duet in an attempt to break new ground.
The return, after 18 years, of Ed's original NYC roots-rock outfit the High Line Riders available exclusively in the U.S. here via this website and in Europe via Blue Rose Records (Germany) on April 17, 2015. 12 original songs and one bonus alternate mix/duet with Norwegian star Henning Kvitnes.
It doesn’t always have to take forever … A mere three years after the surprising return of his band The High Line Riders with Bumping Into Nothing, their mastermind Ed Pettersen presents us with Walking Home, an equally excellent successor. It’s a classy, timeless mix of handmade rock’n’roll, dynamic country rock and heartfelt folk roots numbers – an immensely listenable musical gumbo that will excite 70ies retro fans as well as current Americana listeners.
Pettersen's new release "I Curse the River of Time: A Norwegian American Tale" is showcased in a beautiful art book that tells a fascinating tale of Pettersen's roots in the Arctic circle of Norway. Inspired by time spent in Norway, the music draws on Norwegian literature for inspiration (the song Psalm at Journey's End draws characters from Eric Fosnes Hansen's book of the same name, and Siste Reis combines the American genre of murder ballads with the story of a young Norwegian girl who trusts in the wrong stranger) coupled with observations from his travels. The music is hauntingly beautiful with instrumentation that combines the best of folk and Americana. This unique package comes in a slipcase and signed numbered limited edition of 1200 copies. All pre-orders via this website may receive a free download of "Happening:A Movement in 12 Acts" featuring Freedy Johnston, Walter Egan, Mary Gauthier, Matthew Ryan and others. It's Ed's free jazz operatta ode to the 99%.
Release Date: October, 2013
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The End of the Universe features Swedish saxophonist Martin Küchen, American guitarist Ed Pettersen, and British percussionist Roger Turner in a decidedly experimental recording. While all three artists have a virtuoso command of melodic structure, their first recording together is an exploration of textures and sounds. . It is the type of experimental improv that reminds one that listening to music is a whole-body experience… where vibrations weigh strongly in the emotional response. When contemplating where such soundscapes fit into the definition of music, the phrase attributed to 19th century composer Ferruccio Busoni may best apply “Music is sonorous air”.
The collaboration between the three players came about because of their previous work together improvising to the tunes of the Voyager spacecraft on Interstellar Transmissions (Split Rock 2018).
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In 2017 the London Experimental Ensemble performed all 193 pages of the Cornelius Cardew graphical score Treatise and recorded the performance live.
Cornelius Cardew (1936-1981) was part of the British experimental artist movement, a member of ground-breaking London improvisation ensemble AMM Music, and a contemporary of Stockhausen, Cage, and Young. He was one of the most prominent avant-garde composers of the 20th Century, and founded many influential improvisation groups including the Scratch Orchestra. His score Treatise was created over four years from 1963 to 1967 and remains to this day one of the most acclaimed graphical scores of contemporary music. Treatise is both a musical artform and an intricate visual piece of art, incredible for the detailed lines and geometry spanning so many pages at a time when such renderings had to be drafted by hand. There are few existing physical recordings of Treatise available, aside from a 1967 performance in Prague until now.
Members of The London Experimental Ensemble have all been members of Eddie Prévost's London improvisation workshop. Eddie, as an original founding member of AMM Music, was a frequent collaborator and friend of Cardew. Carol Finer Chant, who played with Cardew in the Scratch Orchestra, graciously joined the Ensemble for the performance. For an idea of what this recording of Treatise offers, we have only to consult Prévost’s very informative liner notes; “It is rich in sonic detail and empathy and thus enriches the listener.”
2 CW Wallet Featuring: Roger Turner, Henry Kaiser, Martin Küchen, Damon Smith, Jeff Coffin, Ed Pettersen, Tania Chen, and Jordan Muscatello
It started with the WOW signal. Then the Voyager spacecraft recordings appeared one day on his screen. Listening to the sounds from space, MKE was entranced. He recognized the sounds... “This is part of the sound I have been hearing in my head all these years”. Then he wanted to see what would happen when other musicians heard them. What if each musician improvised with the Voyager sounds without hearing the others? Would the separate recordings make music together?
Four of the nine Voyager recordings from the NASA site were selected. Each musician went into the studio alone and improvised to the Voyager track. The individual musician tracks were mixed against the backdrop of the original Voyager recording.
Disc Two With five Voyager tracks still left to play with, including ones of a more complicated and dynamic nature, Part two of the experiment was to have three improvisors live in a room responding to the recording fed into the room. Live with no edits or overdub.
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This limited edition pressing of the iconic saxophone player is available now as a pre-order only at an exclusive price. Giuseppi Logan was a contemporary of Albert Ayler, John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders. An accomplished sax player, as well as clarinet, flute and piano player, Giuseppi became known for his free form compositional genius. Having studied at the New England Conservatory, in the sixties Logan was hailed as one of the bright lights of free jazz. In the seventies, Logan disappeared from view and remained lost to the music world for over 30 years. Around 2009 Logan was found playing for change in Tompkins Square Park and at the age of (now) seventy six after many hard years of living, still has a tremendous talent to cultivate. A New Yorker turned Nashville songwriter and producer, Ed Pettersen gathered Giuseppi, Cooper Moore and Larry Roland in Manhattan for a full day of recording in Oct 2011. The result is forty five minutes of tasteful improv playing featuring three new original compositions and Giuseppi’s unique twist on three classic jazz tunes.
This limited edition CD eco-wallet pressing of the iconic saxophone player is available now. Giuseppi Logan was a contemporary of Albert Ayler, John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders. An accomplished sax player, as well as clarinet, flute and piano player, Giuseppi became known for his free form compositional genius. Having studied at the New England Conservatory, in the sixties Logan was hailed as one of the bright lights of free jazz. In the seventies, Logan disappeared from view and remained lost to the music world for over 30 years. Around 2009 Logan was found playing for change in Tompkins Square Park and at the age of (now) seventy six after many hard years of living, still has a tremendous talent to cultivate. A New Yorker turned Nashville songwriter and producer, Ed Pettersen gathered Giuseppi, Cooper Moore and Larry Roland in Manhattan for a full day of recording in Oct 2011. The result is forty five minutes of tasteful improv playing featuring three new original compositions and Giuseppi’s unique twist on three classic jazz tunes.
The new Giuseppi Logan CD of the June 2012 NYC session is in!
The follow up to the GIuseppi Logan Project on Kickstarter, And They Were Cool recaptures the compositional genius of Logan's sixties heyday. Giuseppi Logan was a contemporary of Albert Ayler, John Coltrane and Pharaoh Sanders and an accomplished sax player, as well as clarinet, flute and piano player. This pure free jazz album pairs Logan with young sax talent Jessica Lurie, an accomplished artist in her own right. With improving health and a sound supporting cast (Larry Roland on bass and Ed Pettersen on guitar and effects). Logan's playing rivals the previous works for which he is reknown. Recorded at the highest fidelity and mastered by one of the great mastering engineers, And They Were Cool delivers on performance, fidelity and composition to create a rare gem for improv lovers to add to their collection. Label: Improvising Beings in partnership with the Mad King Edmund Collective. CD only.