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Inscape - Tableaux

by Barry Guy New Orchestra

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The composer and bassist Barry Guy presents here an extensive work with a new orchestra: The Barry Guy New Orchestra: Inscape -Tableaux. Like few other musicians, Barry Guy taps the current centers of improvised music, new classical music and jazz. The numerous works for the London Jazz Composers Orchestra, compositions for the strings of the City of London Sinfonia, for the
Kronos Quartet or for the voices of the Hilliard Ensemble reveal Guy’s immense musical cosmos.

From long-running work with the London Jazz Composers Orchestra, Guy developed the wish to continue the orchestral work with a smaller and international group of players. In the new orchestra, Guy brings together three trios in which he has continually worked as a bassist and whose musicians he knows from the most diverse playing situations: the Evan Parker-Barry Guy-Paul Lytton Trio, the Swedish trio of Mats Gustafsson, Barry Guy, and Raymond Strid. The pianist Marilyn Crispell has played in both trios and also makes up a relatively new trio with Barry Guy and Paul Lytton. Guy has written several pieces for the New York pianist Crispell, all of which are integrated into a longer composition for the New Orchestra. Four further extraordinary instrumentalists form the sound of the orchestra: the Chicago trumpeter Herb Robertson, the Berlin trombonist Hannes Bauer, the Swedish Tuba player Åke Holmslander and the Swiss saxophone and clarinet player Hans Koch.

Barry Guy worked for two years on the composition Inscape—Tableaux for his New Orchestra. «The possibility of developing new formations as well as re-exploring old friendships allows a rich and colourful scenario to come into being,» comments Barry Guy.


released January 1, 2001

Barry Guy: director / bass
Marilyn Crispell: piano
Evan Parker: sax
Mats Gustafsson: sax
Hans Koch: clarinet/sax
Johannes Bauer: trombone
Herb Robertson: trumpet
Per Ake Holmlander: tuba
Paul Lytton: percussion
Raymond Strid: percussion



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