Henry Kuntz: "Double Vision" (Humming Bird, 13) -- Free Download!


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Double Vision is the third Humming Bird release that actively attempts to extend the formal parameters of free jazz improvisation...
Double Vision is the third Humming Bird release that actively attempts to extend the formal parameters of free jazz improvisation. The first recordings were Envision New Music and Envision Ensemble Live At Berkeley Arts Festival.

The surface of this music will not feel unfamiliar, but the thinking behind it is different; the assumptions underlying it different.

Taking off from the idea of “festival form”, the music embodies a kind of meta-archetype. It is less a confluence of interests, musical or otherwise (the archetypal norm), than a confluence of Being—or beings. It moves toward a more inclusive and expansive ideal.

Double Vision follows its own idiosyncratic path toward that ideal.

Track Listing

1. Sunflower Buttercups (14:07)
2. Bluebonnet Poppies (11:17)
3. Redwood Oaks (11:12)
4. Sagebrush Tumbleweeds (7:21)
5. Lotus Cactus (4:25)

Henry Kuntz: Mexican toy violin (Paracho), Angel soprano recorder (Korea), Two Guatemala bamboo flutes, India bamboo flute, Chinese musette, Reed horn with resonant gourd bell (Indonesia); Paul Kuntz: piano, prepared piano, small percussion.

On Double Vision Paul and I began with the concept of “festival form" as showcased by the Envision Ensemble Live At Berkeley Arts Festival.

At Paul’s suggestion, we expanded the bounds of the sonic fairgrounds to include: on “Bluebonnet Poppies" solo music of mine from the LP Ancient of Days, Light of Glory; on “Redwood Oaks" duo music by myself and John Kuntz from the cassette New World Music; and on “Sagebrush Tumbleweeds" generic crowd noise which is always an integral part of any festival sound field.

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