June 7, 21,28,30 2006 Railyard 2 Santa Fe
Played by / on:
Gaspard Cabanes: Sacre Bleu, Botree
Desbah Stumpf: Voice, Pharo, ‘sprong
Dawn Edelman: Quesera, Smile
Alex Ferris: Basuka, Sprawl, Bish-Bosh
After playing all the instruments for a few months, we decided by consensus to select a few and play only them as we would in a conventional band. We also decided to play short pieces (5 minutes or less) instead of continuous improvisations. The sixteen pieces here are from our regular sessions. They are in chronological order to document the evolution of our responses to this approach. Some have been edited for time (beginnings and endings, but no content has been altered.
Personally. I wasn’t enthusiastic about limiting ourselves sonically as much as we did. It seemed to undermine the primary asset of Anarchestra, its versatility and flexibility. I felt our small pallet of sounds (and their relative concentration in the treble end of the sonic spectrum) tended to restrict us to self-similarity and impeded us from exploring beyond that.
Within those confines, I think we made some interesting music, particularly when Dezbah sang –to me it is her voice that grounds this music and gives it substance.
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