Vaulting fearlessly into the outer reaches of the avant garde, clarinetist Jeremiah Cymerman creates a fresh, striking new vocabulary of sounds for his instrument on IN MEMORY OF THE LABYRINTH SYSTEM. Largely forsaking conventional tonality and melodic statements, his approach is roughly equivalent to that which “prepared piano” musicians take to the ivories. Cymerman wrings an evocative landscape of otherworldly sounds by wheezing, huffing, puffing, and generally manhandling the clarinet (with some help from electronic processing) in ways guaranteed to scandalize music teachers worldwide and delight admirers of adventurous, literally “experimental” music.
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AllMusic Review by Jim Allen