Architeuthis Walks on Land, Keefe Jackson & Jason Adasiewicz | Elastic | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Architeuthis Walks on Land, Keefe Jackson & Jason Adasiewicz All Ages Soundboard Recommended

When: Thu., June 28, 9 p.m. 2012

You don't have to spend too much time with the Architeuthis Walks on Land album Natura Naturans (Carrier) before bassoonist Katherine Young and violist Amy Cimini make you forget about their improvising duo's novel instrumentation—right off the bat they'll seize your attention with the sophistication and alertness of their interactions. The two of them formed the group when both lived here in the mid-aughts (Young has since moved away and returned, and Cimini is splitting time between New York and Philadelphia), and from the very beginning they flouted conventional notions of their instruments' limitations, extracting a stunning array of sounds from them. On "Two Foxes" you can tell who's playing what, but the music shifts so rapidly in terms of tempo, density, and articulation that timbre takes a backseat to the fast and furious barrage of ideas. "Inside/Outside 1" is loaded with dry, frictive sounds: Young generates hushed, spit-flecked breath tones and striated upper-register squeaks, while Cimini plays shadowy sibilance with light touches of the bow. On "Glitterbird" the elegant, measured feel and delicate tonality remind me of traditional Chinese music—almost as though it's a duet for erhu and guan, not viola and bassoon. Now that Young is back in Chicago, it's been relatively easy to see her play in all kinds of settings, but Architeuthis Walks on Land remains the best vehicle for her free improvising. —Peter Margasak Keefe Jackson opens. donation suggested

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