The Showbox Seattle United States

The Showbox Seattle United States

The Slow Music boys get slower and even more cautious during the first set here on Bill Rieflin’s home turf of Seattle. [endtease]The echo-laden percussives which dominate the second and third improvisations of the first set mark out a sombre procession as all kinds of disembodied electronics swoosh past in the atmospheric slipstream. The emergence of a descending “spy movie” theme towards the end gives a sense of resolution which Bill Rieflin didn’t necessarily feel was there at the time. Slow Music’s guitarist with a Dorset burr judged the opening set to be “tentative.”

“In our music, space is a tool to be used. It is wide open within a certain context. If someone is moved to go in a certain direction, then so be it" said Bill in an interview with the local press. Finding their feet in the second set, Pete Buck has also found a butter knife with which to elicit glissando effects against Fripp’s single-note searchbeams and the low rumble of sampled drum rolls. The build-up to the climax of the final improvisation of the evening is superb: a frenetic tangle of howling notes ascending arco bass and shimmering cymbals bring the second set to a devastating conclusion.

On balance, a more reserved performance than the previous evening but no less engaging.
The next gig in this short tour would see the ensemble delve even deeper into the collective Slow Music psyche.

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TRACK
TIME
01
Improv I
12:23
02
Improv II
13:42
03
Improv III
04:44
04
Improv IV
07:47
05
Improv V
08:47
06
Improv VI
08:28
07
Improv VII
07:02
08
Improv VIII
07:43
Written by Brian Wilson
RIP Fred Chalenor (June 23, 2018)
I was saddened to learn of Fred's passing today. A brilliant bass player and musician. I was fortunate to see him perform in several varied situations. First time was Reed College in April 1986 with Poikilotherm. Then many times in the late 80's with the Tone Dogs (I loved this band!). He was also the original bassist in Wayne Horvitz's Zony Mash in the late 90's and appears on their first two releases. Then of course Bill Rieflin’s Slow Music. I was lucky to see both the Showbox show in 2006 and the Triple Door in 2014. In a perfect world Fred would be a household name. [I downloaded this tour bundle a few years ago and need to revisit it. Slow Music is pure improv... in-the-moment creation with some extremely talented players with very big ears. Mostly "slow" going, but achieves some very satisfying peaks of intensity. Requires focus (and perhaps headphones) for full enjoyment.]
Written by Armand Gieling
Suspense, Dim, Obscure!!
 These are the words i think of, listening to this new release from Slow Music.         During some pieces time is hardly moving forwards, and everything calms down, even your heartbeat. And this is just for the good. Especially nowadays, with stress almost in all situations of the daily life, and sudden cruelty on each streetcorner! A good performance, a new way to let the music flow in all directions at the same time! Thank You DGM!  
Written by Mark Williamson
Settling down
I really liked the first slow music project but if I had a complaint it was that the group seemed to rely on their own vocabularies a little too much - visitors to this site will obviously have recognized RF’s work easily. The showbox set is more of a group sound though and it is getting slower - those who like their improv wild and emotional (think supersilent) will be disappointed. This is dark subtle work full of careful details and a gentle menace. Only 4 stars because although it is great , everything on the site seems to have 5 stars, rendering the star system a little pointless. This is good but not the absolute best thing on DGM live. Looking forward with baited breath to the next installment of this fascinating project.
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