Album Review

Marclay, Christian – “Graffiti Composition” – [Dog w/a Bone]

Max Level   8/26/2010   A Library, CD

Collaboration between vinyl abuser Christian Marclay, musical director Elliott Sharp, and a small ensemble of NY’s coolest avant-garde electric guitarists. The concept: Marclay posted thousands of pages of blank sheet music all over Berlin, for people to write on/draw on/ vandalize. He then retrieved them and used a selection of them to create a musical score (hence the title “Graffiti Composition” and the CD coming out under Marclay’s name.) Sharp plays his custom guitarbass and guides the other players Lee Ranaldo, Mary Halvorson, Vernon Reid, and Melvin Gibbs, through the piece. The unusual sheet music is interpreted with squiggles, flurries, and roars. Awesome job by all concerned. Recorded live at NY’s MOMA in 2006.

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