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.Click here for audio samples and download Double Vision. You can also subscribe to receive automatic updates from Sax & Stories.