Michael Mantler: For Two

Bjarne Roupe & Per Salo

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Classical, Jazz
July 18, 2011

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Michael Mantler's conceptual thinking is here encapsulated in music for two. These concise duets continue his basic concept of creating music that is in part completely notated, but also involves improvisation. With only two instruments, the piano represents Mantler's essentially orchestral concept with a soloist from contemporary new music (Per Salo, a "classical" non-improvising pianist), combined with a second player coming from jazz (guitarist Bjarne Roupé, improvising/freely interpreting).

Mantler (born 1943 in Vienna) has explored the relationship of composition and improvisation as rigorously as any musician in jazz. After playing, mid-1960s, with some of the great innovators of progressive jazz, including Cecil Taylor, Mantler co-founded the Jazz Composer's Orchestra to find forms for creatively channelling the improvisational impulse. In most of his work since then, including a distinguished series of recordings for JCOA, WATT and ECM, he has looked at the ways in which notated music and improvising can inform or complement each other.

Swedish guitarist Bjarne Roupé, now based in Copenhagen, is an immensely experienced musician who has performed and recorded with a multitude of international musicians and groups: Palle Mikkelborg and Miles Davis (Aura), The Danish Radio Big Band, Marilyn Mazur, Dizzy Gillespie, Bob Brookmeyer, Jimmy Smith, Toots Thielemans, Hermeto Pascoal, Clark Terry, Van Morrison, Georgie Fame, Art Farmer, and many others. He participated in Mantler's albums Cerco Un Paese Innocente, School of Understanding, Songs and One Symphony, Hide and Seek and most recently was soloist on his Guitar Concerto on the widely-praised Concertos for ECM.

Danish pianist Per Salo studied in Denmark, Italy and the USA, and is very active both as a soloist and chamber musician. Recently he appeared as a soloist in Olivier Messiaen's Turangalîla Symphony in Germany and Denmark. In 1997 Chandos released Per Salo's recording of Per Nørgaard's Concerto in Due Tempi, which he premiered with the Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra when the composer was awarded the Léonie Sonning Music Prize. Salo has previously collaborated with Michael Mantler on his CD Hide and Seek.

Personnel: Bjarne Roupé (guitars), Per Salo (piano).

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Mantler is always capable of creating intriguing melodies and even more intriguing ways of treating them...often fascinating.

The Scotsman, (Kenny Mathieson), August 22, 2011

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Key Value
Catalogue number 2763783
Barcode 0602527637839
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 112g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 11mm x 127mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Duet One -
2. Duet Two -
3. Duet Three -
4. Duet Four -
5. Duet Five -
6. Duet Six -
7. Duet Seven -
8. Duet Eight -
9. Duet Nine -
10. Duet Ten -
11. Duet Eleven -
12. Duet Twelve -
13. Duet Thirteen -
14. Duet Fourteen -
15. Duet Fifteen -
16. Duet Sixteen -
17. Duet Seventeen -
18. Duet Eighteen -