I am unsure what attracts me to an improvisational orchestra, but I am sold. It is the discord, the chaos or the controlled anarchy? More time for me to analyze in the future, but for now, let me talk a little about Orquesta Foco’s Promotional 1996-2012 Madrid, released on the wonderful netlabel Audition Records. An intricate pattern of jazz and noise awaits anyone who dares to listen. Recorded in February 2011 with Chefa Alonso, Ricardo Tejero & Gregorio Kazaroff conducting, the record is a treasure of wonderful sound images that are both entertaining and difficult to listen to.
As Chefa Alonso said in a interview:
I believe that all improvising orchestras have certain common characteristics – for example, the way they’ll juxtapose chaos, order and pure spontaneity – but at the same time, no orchestra sounds like another. Along with other factors, each conductor’s personality influences the result.
Now excuse me while I go in search of other improvising orchestras.
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