Testament: A Conduction Collection/Conductions #38, #39, #40
Liner Notes   Cat. No. 80486     Release Date: 1995-01-01

Conduction #38: in Freud's Garden: Muffathalle, Germany; December 11, 1993

Myra Melford, piano; Zeena Parkins, harp; Bryan Carrott, vibes; Brandon Ross, acoustic guitar; J. A. Deane, trombone; live sampling; Motoharu Yoshizawa, electric bass; Lê Quan Ninh, percussion; Martin Schütz, electric cello; Tristan Honsinger, cello; Martine Altenburger, cello; Edgar Laubscher, electric viola; Hans Koch, clarinet, bass & contrabass clarinet, soprano & tenor sax

Conduction #39 & #40: Threadwaxing Space: New York City; November 11 & 12, 1993

Christian Marclay, turntables; Elliott Sharp, dobro; Chris Cunningham, guitar; Gregor Kitzis, violin; Dana Friedli, violin; Jason Hwang, violin; Myra Melford, piano; Damon Ra Choice, vibes, percussion; Reggie Nicholson, vibes, percussion; Michelle Kinney, cello; Deidre L. Murray, cello; Elizabeth Panzer, harp; William Parker, bass; Mark Helias, bass; Fred Hopkins, bass

Conducting is no longer a mere method for an interpretation, but an actual part of the process of composition. Conduction is a means by which a conductor may compose, (re)orchestrate, (re)arrange and sculpt both notated and non-notated music. Using a vocabulary of signs and gestures, many within the general glossary of traditional conducting, the conductor may alter or initiate rhythm, melody, and harmony; develop form and structure; and instantaneously change articulation, phrasing, and meter. Conduction is a viable musical tool for the improvising ensemble.                                                                —Butch Morris

Testament challenges not only conductors’ orthodoxy but the very vitals of music and music-making-no tradition is left untouched.... When the musical history of the 20th-century comes to be written, Testament will provide one of its most essential chapters.”    —The Wire

“The breadth of colors and compositional styles which Morris obtains from these various ensembles is breathtaking-Xenakis-like string textures, the haunting melisma of a single Turkish flute, a roaring tangle of Sun Ra horns, pointillistic atonal rainfall, a tapestry of cloudy orchestral chords.... The individual personality of each ensemble shines through-no two sound the same.”                                      —Pulse!

Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris

Testament: A Conduction Collection/Conductions #38, #39, #40

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Conduction #38: In Freud's Garden
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Conduction #38, E: In Freud's Garden
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Conduction #39, E: Thread Waxing Space
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Conduction #40, E: Thread Waxing Space
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