Vladimir Tarasov

ATTO IV

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This is the fourth in the series of solo percussion and effects records that Vladimir Tarasov, ex- of the late great Ganelin Trio, has so bravely put forth in the culturally staid climate of free improv records that say more about musicians than they do music. This volume is, in his own words, a contemplative setting, all of it recorded on the spot with no overdubs or fixes in front of a small audience. Tarasov uses his well-beaten drum kit, homemade and found percussion instruments, his infamous hunting horn, and various electronic devices to control both atmosphere and tensions. This is the most structured of the volumes, and is one long unwinding sheet of near-mystical concentration. In places one might be reminded of Deuter ort Florian Fricke or even Manuel Gottsching, with the exception of the emphasis Tarasov places on improvising against the rhythm. The hunting horn, as heavily processed as Jon Hassell's trumpet, becomes a central figure in relating the various modes in this work to one another and in keeping the various instruments separate. As the steady pulse of a keyboard loop stutters in the middle ground, drums and the horn come shimmying in and out, transporting the listener into Tarasov's sound world. This is truly Tarasov's most aesthetically beautiful album.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 35:55
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