Slow Music Project

August 8, 2006

Largo, LA 2006

Fascinating improvisational ambient project featuring an amazingly diverse lineup.
From the band’s website:

here are the main points of slow music:

a larger-than-usual number of musicians (in this case, six) play long-form improvisations working with ambient/textural/environmental music-ideas. this means live performance rather than programming. this means flexibility in the moment and freedom to respond. there is an unfolding and unpredictability. there is also a high degree of risk.

Who are the musicians in question?
It’s Peter Buck (REM), Fred Chalenor (Caveman Shoestore), Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam, SNL Band), Robert Fripp (King Crimson), Bill Rieflin (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, REM) and Hector Zazou.
Not too shabby, eh?
This live set, captured in Los Angeles earlier this year, is a great sounding document from an interesting project. The playing is very sparse and minimal, yet it is far from dull. Most of the instrumentation sounds to be largely acoustic (cello, exotic percussion, upright bass etc.), save for some electric guitar from Fripp and Buck (ever thought those two would play together?) and some light keyboards. I first heard about them a week after they played in my town (the story of my life!).

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One comment

  1. Damn – Sorry I missed this one (link is dead). I missed the show too.

    I saw Buck’s Tuatara project several years ago, and wasn’t too impressed. This seems more promising.

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