Aladdin Theater Portland United States
After the success of playing Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe in 2005, Bill Rieflin reconvened his Slow Music project in May 2006[endtease] for a short tour of America’s West Coast. As on their previous outing, the concept behind the group was simple enough: the music would be entirely improvised, it would take it’s time to explore emergent ideas, avoid the urge to fill in the empty spaces created by such an approach, and as Bill put it in an interview at the time, “you also have to pace yourself, so that you don’t shoot your wad in the first few minutes.”

The initial caution in the first of two sets here mirrors Rieflin’s instructions. The group – and this really is the sound of a group – make careful and considered contributions. The air is ultimately reflective, governed by short interactions wherein motifs are picked up and passed around for inspection, modification and incorporation into the bigger picture.

The second set’s percussive explorations and occasional jolts have a more forceful mood, which allows REM’s Peter Buck to soar away on some old-school glissando guitar. Though the overall mood created by this electro-acoustic hybrid may be sedate, don’t be fooled into thinking that it lacks intensity or drama. The combination of a group in search of their collective muse ably supported by an extremely attentive audience means that there are plenty of sparks flying by to intrigue and maintain interest.Stunning.

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TRACK
TIME
01
Improv I
17:41
02
Improv II
11:25
03
Improv III
12:14
04
Improv IV
07:39
01
Improv V
05:27
02
Improv VI
15:25
03
Improv VII
06:26
04
Improv VIII
10:40
05
Improv IX
06:09
Written by Scott Ernest
An exciting use of space
Hard to believe there are so many musicians making so little sound. It's subtlety accomplishes a rare treat in ambient music: it demands your attention AND rewards it. These wonderful artists never get in each others' way. A dedication to minimalism and space is evident and exceptional. Definitely worth multiple listens. Highly recommended.
Written by Breeze Smith
sublime
Mesmerizing artistry - simply.
Written by Rick Whitehurst
Slow Music
Opinion after first listen... It’s slow allright.  Nice airy soundscapes in a live setting,  somewhat interesting but it never took off for this listener.
Written by Jeff Evans
This is the music I’ve been waiting years to hear. While the Projekcts occassionally combined Mr. Fripp’s soundscape tonality within an improvisational "band" context, the results felt like (and, if I understand correctly, literally were) an imrovisation in search of a composition - which is a wonderful thing. The Slow Music Project feels more like improvisations in search of themselves. The collection of musicians, instrumentation and sensibility in the Slow Music Project balance perfectly. The (relative lack of) density lets you hear the nuances of individual contributions amongst the rest. I look forward to more Slow Music Project downloads.
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