This trio session involving Gert-Jan Prins, Peter Van Bergen, and Christian Fennesz was recorded at the Total Music Meeting festival in Berlin, November 2000. Given these musicians' favorite toys (computers, electronics, FM modulations, and an EWI used for anything but a standard wind instrument), the first seconds of Dawn come as a shock: grand piano! Is it sampled? Reconstructed? Triggered through the EWI? Who knows, but live it must have been destabilizing to hear this coming from the gear stacked on the tables. The single 41-minute piece quickly assumes a more "conventional" direction as the piano gets buried under analog and digital noise. Nothing goes overboard: All three improvisers know how to listen and let the music breathe and develop. Individual contributions are hard to single out and, even when one seems to recognize a key trick (like Fennesz's heavily filtered and volume-dampered textures from Endless Summer at around the 37th minute), there is no way to be sure. Voices (some vari-sped) and light percussion push their heads in and retreat on many occasions, punctuating the piece with the strangest interruptions. There is much assurance in the music -- these guys knew what they were aiming for. Not a groundbreaking album or an important release in the discographies of Prins, Van Bergen, or Fennesz, Dawn still provides an interesting listen.
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AllMusic Review by François Couture