"Alloys" is two long-form pieces from our foremost cellists, challenging the vernaculars of and boundaries between improvisation and composition.
Recorded in Seattle, WA, in 2018.
Judith Hamann is a cellist from Melbourne, Australia. She has “long been recognised as one of Australia’s foremost contemporary-music cellists” (RealTime Arts). Judith’s performance practice stretches across various genres encompassing elements of improvised, contemporary classical, experimental, and popular music. Currently her work is focused on ‘Materialities of Realisation’ (a discourse based project with Charles Curtis), an examination of expressions and manifestations of 'shaking’ in her solo performance practice, and a collection of new works for cello and humming.
Classically trained and rigorously de-trained, possessor of a restless, semi-feral spirit, Lori Goldston is a cellist, composer, improvisor, producer, writer and teacher from Seattle. Her voice as a cellist, amplified or acoustic, is full, textured, committed and original. A relentless inquirer, she wanders recklessly across borders that separate genre, discipline, time and geography, performing in clubs, cafes, galleries, arenas, concert halls, sheds, ceremonies, barbecues, and stadiums.
Current and former collaborators and/or bosses of Lori's include Earth, Nirvana, Mirah, Jessika Kenney, Ilan Volkov, Eyvind Kang, Stuart Dempster, David Byrne, Terry Riley, Jherek Bischoff, Malcom Goldstein, Matana Roberts, Dana Reason, Lonnie Holley, Cat Power, Ellen Fullman, Mike Gamble, Mik Quantius, Embryo, Secret Chiefs 3, Marisa Anderson, Trey Gunn and Pat Mastelotto, Ô Paon, Tara Jane O’Neil, Natacha Atlas, Broken Water, Ed Pias, Byron Au Young, Christian Rizzo, Threnody Ensemble, Cynthia Hopkins, 33 Fainting Spells, Vanessa Renwick, Mark Mitchell and Lynn Shelton.
released January 22, 2019
Lori Goldston - Cello
Judith Hamann - Cello
Microscope photography by I. Lukman
Recorded by Kieran Harrison-Buhlinger and Eric Padget at Noise Noise Ouch Stop Records
Mixed and mastered by Alan F. Jones at Laminal Audio, Tracyton, WA
supported by 18 fans who also own “MFCD E | Alloys”
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