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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


Genre: Rock

Although active as a professional guitar player since the end of the 1970s, Canadian Rainer Wiens has constantly been falling through the cracks of the recording industry, leaving very little trace of his work and only since he moved to Montreal in the mid-'90s. Except for a couple of free improv records and participation on projects by members of the collective Ambiances Magnétiques, Wiens' music has been related to the stage (dance, theater, new opera) and thus largely remains undocumented. Wiens...
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