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Violinist Malcolm Goldstein, drummer John Heward, and guitarist Rainer Wiens had been playing together for five years or so when they recorded this first album in the studios of Radio-Canada, Canada's French-speaking public radio. The trio features all the qualities expected from an experienced free improv outfit: synergy, listening capacity, compatibility in the choice of techniques. Goldstein's signature is the most prominent one on Chants Cachés (Hidden Songs). That is not to say that he leads the trio, but he has a way of setting the mood. His very personal vocabulary finds remarkable echoes in Wiens' prepared acoustic guitar. Using mostly his cymbals, Heward adapts his playing to the other two musicians, his scrapings joining in with the violin and guitar. The music is delicate, textural, and inhabited by a restrained energy that only makes it more intense. Just listen to Heward keeping "Trio 3" alive while the other musicians take a few steps back in order to leap farther. Chants Cachés is an unlikely release for the Montréal-based Ambiances Magnétiques; it was the label's first CD of acoustic free improvisations. Considering how Wiens' work is so under-documented, one can't help but be grateful. ~ François Couture, Rovi

Biography

Born: March 27, 1936 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

American avant-garde violinist, improviser, and composer Malcolm Goldstein has been exploring the sounds possible with the violin since the early '60s, when he, Philip Corner, and James Tenney founded the Tone Roads Ensemble. In addition to receiving commissions for his own work from a number of arts councils and vocalists, other composers (including John Cage, Christian Wolff, and Ornette Coleman) have written works specifically for Goldstein. He has performed all over Europe and North America,...
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