Parker, Teddy Rankin and Daniel Pearce – “Companion Pieces Vol. 1 + 2” – [Self Released]
Local zen masters bring improvised duo magic to prepared cello and drums that will mesmerize your inner ear as you peer deep to listen. Surprisingly subtle sounds instinctively locked together as a single unit, especially on the opening aboriginal war call where the percussion appears as slaps on the strings. On the singing bowl meditation of Atmos Pearce slides brushes across the drums in the most gentle sweeps that give the drums a muted feel (though played clean to boot). The water crystal drone harmonics on Gliss really show off the effects of the materials (like metals, plastics, synthetics) on the cello strings. I really liked the tracks on Vol. 2; Legato a Baroque poetic tragedy and Shelves a a series of frantic wooden playhouse alarm signals. All beautiful and unusual sounds on cello and the drums played with such expert tenderness. Belissima!