GRUPPO NUOVA DI IMPROVVISAZIONE CONSONANZA: Azoni (2 CD & 1 DVD Box set)
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Unreleased recordings made between 1967 and 1969 by this legendary and historic group made up only of composers: Ennio Morricone, Franco Evangelisti, Mario Bertoncini, Walter Branchi, Ivan Vandor, Roland Kayn, Egisto Macchi, John Heinemann & additionally here, Frederick Rzewski. Founded by Evangelisti, GNIC played an important part in the general opening-up of contemporary music in the wake of the Cage/Darmstadt debates. Decentered forms, unconventional techniques, inclusion of electronics and a highly disciplined approach to 'unmusical' performance made them pioneers in a specifically European language of sonic abstraction. Without wanting to open any debates, there are strong links to AMM, their British contemporaries. The DVD - a film made for Norddeutscher Rundfunk in 1967 by Theo Gallehr is a gripping journey through preparation, extended instrumental techniques, live performance and interviews - with intelligent questions, thoughtfully answered. Plus a great deal of cigarette smoke. Improvisation poses questions; it isn't yet a style. Altogether a priceless document. Three Digipacks in a very sturdy box with a poster and a useful 76pp booklet in Italian and English. LIMITED EDITION OF 500.