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A Closely Woven Fabrik

by West Head Project

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glade 12:36
roots 09:57
Spruces 20:31


Auditory transmogrification of Tasmanian terrain onto disc, Closely Woven Fabrik adds improvisations from three Australian musicians to field recordings, subtly altering the real-time resonance as it's captured.

While recordist Anthony Magen encapsulates the wild and domestic sounds resulting from a guided soundwalk taking place on Maria Island, near Tasmania's east coast, reedist Jim Denley, accordionist Monika Brooks and Dale Gorfinkel's prepared trumpet, roots percussion and automated sonic contraptions add ingenious grisaille to the proceeding. The three-track CD creates a soundworld which is so complete onto itself that applause from the assembled audience, heard on the final track, comes as a shock. Ken Waxman - Jazz Word.

...blending their sounds into the fabrik of those occurring naturally...Often enchanting, this takes the term 'live music' to another level. John Shand - Sydney Morning Herald.

Careful listening confirms the musicians' sympathetic interaction with the captured natural sound. This also substantiates why the overall session works as well ecologically as musically. Ken Waxman - Jazz Word.

Completely dreamy despite deep roots in reality, A Closely woven fabrik plunges the listener into sound territories hypnotic and dense, rich and original. Highly Recommended! - Julien Héraud Improv Sphere.

Part 1 (spruces) has Dale's automated sonic contraptions installed in an avenue of mature trees that lead from the jetty to the former convict settlement of Darlington. His tones are woven with waves from the beach, raucous Cape Barren Geese, Monika's accordion and my bamboo flute. Moving across a ridge to the next valley (roots) Dale plays on dried upended roots as my saxophone engages with the forest acoustic and a distant motorboat. We end (glade) with audience and band sitting on the ground in a grassy glade. Jim Denley 2010.


released March 22, 2013

Dale Gorfinkel
Monika Brooks
Jim Denley
Anthony Magen

Recording location:
Maria Island, Tasmania 30. March 2009


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