Bruce Arnold and John Gunther's Group "Spooky Actions" DVD "Webern Live in Moscow"

Spooky Actions: Live in Moscow DVD

Featuring:

Bruce Arnold–Guitar and SuperCollider

John Gunther –Saxophone, clarinet, flute

Dave Phillips–Acoustic bass

Tony Moreno–Drums

“Spooky Actions” Plays Webern in Moscow

Muse-Eek Publishing announces the release of a DVD by the New York-based ensemble, Spooky Actions. The DVD captures a riveting performance of Anton Webern’s “Five Movements for String Quartet, op 5” at the Dom Cultural Center in downtown Moscow. The band was there at the invitation of music journalist Dmitri Ukhov, who heard the band’s work and decided he must have them play at the Center’s Alternativa Festival. The ensemble played through the five movements, following each up with an improvisation based on the structure of the preceding movement. Camera close-ups of the band reveal their intense concentration and dynamic interactions while playing.

Spooky Actions Repertoire

Spooky Actions has steadily made a name for itself by tackling music that is not part of the mainstream jazz repertoire. In the past they have performed Native American Music, Early Music and most recently they have released a CD of Olivier Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time.”

Spooky Actions

The band’s name comes from the phrase “spooky actions at a distance.” This was how Albert Einstein described the phenomenon of two seemingly unconnected, disparate objects that nonetheless exert a powerful influence on one another. Spooky Actions, the band, certainly personifies this concept, showing how vivid improvisations can be derived from music that is often thought of as “etched in stone.”

Spooky Actions plays 2nd movement from 5 Movements for String Quartet

The tracks :

Webern: 5 movements for String Quartet

  • Movement 1
  • Improvisation
  • Movement 1
  • Improvisation
  • Movement 1
  • Improvisation
  • Movement 1
  • Improvisation
  • Movement 1
  • Improvisation

 

           

  • They address Webern’s music on its own terms and shed new light on its strange beauty... Webern will probably always be an acquired taste, but Spooky Actions has given jazz fans a great way to enter his world.
    —Andrew Lindemann Malone Jazz Times April 2004

 

 

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