• jessica constable & philippe geld The Vine and Vein Collection (CD, £3.50)

    label: Hand/Eye

    Jessica Constable sings written texts or stream-of-consciousness lyrics that she uses to explore resonance and texture, sometimes using electronic filters, echoes and modulation to transform her voice. She has worked in the past with New York sound artist Andrea Parkins, Ellery Eskelin, Jim Black, French jazz patriarch Francois Jeanneau's Pandemonium big band, Jeff Sharel, Soulreactive, The Flow and Tellemake, among others. Philippe Gelda prepares upright piano using everyday objects or uses other keyboards such as organ, toy piano or melodica to create percussive and harmonic soundcapes reminiscent of some contemporary composers and sound artists, French popular song and rock. He plays solo, in various bands, and composes extensively for theatre and dance, especially with choreographer Patricia Ferrara, and with visual artist Benoit Bonnemaison-Fitte who did the artwork for this release. Jessica Constable and Philippe Gelda have been composing, improvising and performing together since 1991. Their suites for voice and piano (or organ) have been performed in venues ranging from theatres to a shepherd's cabin. Constable and Gelda consider The Vine and Vein Collection to be a turning point in the evolution of their duo, when years of striving relaxed and became instead gratefulness for their unique working relationship.

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