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Togetherness Music

Alexander Hawkins, Evan Parker, Riot Ensemble

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1.1
Indistinguishable from Magic
Alexander Hawkins; Evan Parker; Riot Ensemble; Rachel Musson; Percy Pursglove; James Arben; Neil Charles; Mark Sanders; Matthew Wright; Benedict Taylor; Hannah Marshall; Mandhira de Saram; Marie Schreer; Stephen Upshaw; Louise McMonagle; Marianne Schofiel
9:31
1.2
Sea No Shore
Alexander Hawkins; Evan Parker; Riot Ensemble; Rachel Musson; Percy Pursglove; James Arben; Neil Charles; Mark Sanders; Matthew Wright; Benedict Taylor; Hannah Marshall; Mandhira de Saram; Marie Schreer; Stephen Upshaw; Louise McMonagle; Marianne Schofiel
7:24
1.3
Ensemble Equals Together
Alexander Hawkins; Evan Parker; Riot Ensemble; Rachel Musson; Percy Pursglove; James Arben; Neil Charles; Mark Sanders; Matthew Wright; Benedict Taylor; Hannah Marshall; Mandhira de Saram; Marie Schreer; Stephen Upshaw; Louise McMonagle; Marianne Schofiel
6:57
1.4
Leaving the Classroom of a Beloved Teacher
Alexander Hawkins; Evan Parker; Riot Ensemble; Rachel Musson; Percy Pursglove; James Arben; Neil Charles; Mark Sanders; Matthew Wright; Benedict Taylor; Hannah Marshall; Mandhira de Saram; Marie Schreer; Stephen Upshaw; Louise McMonagle; Marianne Schofiel
8:31
1.5
Ecstatic Boababs
Riot Ensemble; Neil Charles; Matthew Wright; Benedict Taylor; Hannah Marshall; Mandhira de Saram; Marie Schreer; Stephen Upshaw; Louise McMonagle; Marianne Schofield; Aaron Holloway-Nahum
8:50
1.6
Optimism of the Will
Alexander Hawkins; Evan Parker; Riot Ensemble; Rachel Musson; Percy Pursglove; James Arben; Neil Charles; Mark Sanders; Matthew Wright; Benedict Taylor; Hannah Marshall; Mandhira de Saram; Marie Schreer; Stephen Upshaw; Louise McMonagle; Marianne Schofiel
9:34
Total Playing Time    50:47
With Togetherness Music, British pianist and composer Alexander Hawkins presents a fascinating musical panorama, a distillation and synthesis of different traditions and influences, reflecting the broad spectrum of an extraordinary musical spirit. Released to celebrate Hawkins' 40th birthday, this six-movement quasi-orchestral work is an extensive expansion and revision of a piece which originated with a commission from conductor and composer Aaron Holloway-Nahum for the Riot Ensemble, to feature Hawkins and saxophone icon Evan Parker – with whom Hawkins has enjoyed a now more than decade-long musical association – as soloists. The new incarnation of the work features the original forces, augmented by additional acoustic improvisers and the electronic wizardry of Matthew Wright.

Whilst the Riot Ensemble are primarily renowned for their performances of notated contemporary classical music, and Parker is one of the seminal figures in free improvisation and the post-Coltrane jazz continuum, roles shift fluidly throughout this work, creating an entirely distinctive soundworld.

"Collaborations among improvisers and classical musicians can be fraught – a clash of cultures," writes musician James Fei in the comprehensive liner notes. "When it works, however, something unique and in-between becomes possible." Indeed: Togetherness Music shows new musical possibilities. A highly contemporary musical work, which points to the future.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Intakt Records Studio Masters

Tracks 1-6 – 44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM, mastered in 96 kHz / 24-bit

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