Denmark's Intuitive Music Conference was an annual meeting of "intuitive artists" (improvisers and composers). Artists from around Europe and one from Japan gathered somewhere unspecified to play. This CD, released in collaboration with Av-Art Records, presents a direct-to-tape recording of the conference's opening. There were 12 improvisers present. Only some of the Danish ones had previously performed together. The instrumentation includes accordion, saxophone, French horn, percussion, viola, cello, flute, electric guitar, and voice. A first 14-minute improv shows the ensemble tentatively trying to find its "sound." Areas are marked but nothing striking comes out. Track two presents the actual "Pause" between the two sets: We hear the musicians commenting on what happened and what should take place next. The "Second Tutti Improvisation" is much stronger than the first, especially in the first 18 minutes. Marimba and percussion coalesce with voices and strings to create an eerie, shifting landscape. Gestures remain generally sparse, the musicians leaving a lot of room for silence and listening instead of trying to outplay one another. This is not the most striking free improv record, but it contains enough interesting moments to justify its existence, and it makes a nice document of a one-shot creative orchestra where the musicians are caught in the process of learning to play together.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture