Anna Minster

by Anna Minster

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Inspired by Walter Thompson's Sound Painting and John Zorn's Cobra, this ensemble takes a multitude of musicians and improvises under the "baton" of conductor David Campbell. There are a series of gestures the conductor uses that co-ordinates the ensembles collective improvisations.
Dynamics, range, ensemble sizes, references to pre-composed phrases, mood and atmosphere, are all directed by the conductor through a series of silent conducting gestures.

In this case the ensemble very often abandoned their main instruments and picked up others so that the sonics and timbre of the music is defined more than a sense of key or instrumental virtuosity.
What results is truly a free-wheeling sense of organized chaos, with many breath-taking moments of beauty and cohesion.

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released January 1, 2012

David-conductor, guitar, electric bass, drums
Linda Chin, Greg Hughes, Frankie Mills-wood flutes and recorders
Alice Gregoire, Ernie Beauford, Adrian Ho-acoustic and electric violins
Chuck Francs-acoustic and electric cello
Scottie Beem-electric piano, synths
Pelle Vadim-upright and electric bass, electric piano, synthesizer
Conner Holmes, Duane Holmes-drums and percusssion
Alex Fairlane, Mary Hughes, Andy Taylor-percussion

At any time, any player may be playing any of the above instruments plus any thing lying around.

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Anna Minster Ottawa, Ontario

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