So – I apologise for not blogging recently. Life seems to have taken over here for the past few months. I had a relapse in Malaria and I’ve been a bit under the weather. Still, Kathryn is sound asleep and I show no signs of rest – so, I thought I would write up about Dafna Naphtali and Gordon Beeferman’s “Pulsing Dot” release. And mighty fine it is too.

Recorded in New York “Pulsing Dot” has been sent here, close to York, North Yorkshire for a listen – I was enthralled from the outset and inspired to dig deeper in to the respective musicians back catalogues.

  • Dafna Naphtali is a singer/instrumentalist/electronic-musician. She composes and performs experimental, interactive electro-acoustic music and has done so for 20+ years. She prefers to use her custom Max/MSP programming for live sound processing of voice and other instruments – and “Pulsing Dot” is a good example of such work. Maphtali has also produced works for multi-channel audio and musical robots and drawing on her wide-ranging musical background in jazz, classical, rock and near-eastern music, performing in the US, Europe, India, Russia and the Middle East. Current projects include “Audio Chandelier”, multi- channel audio work presented in NY and Berlin (Urban Solar Audio Plant), and at IX 2017 Symposium “Embodied Spaces” Montreal with 157 speakers.
  • Gordon Beeferman is a composer, pianist, and improviser from New York City. An eclectic and omnivorous musician who straddles numerous genres, he has created and performed innovative opera, chamber and orchestra music, avant-jazz, and numerous collaborations with choreographers, writers, and video artists. He has received commissions from the Fromm Foundation, the BMI Foundation, and Concert Artists Guild, three BMI Student Composer Awards, a Tanglewood fellowship, and residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, the Copland House, and Ucross. He is a 2016 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow.

Naphtali & Beeferman have hit the nail on the head with this release – they perform duet pieces together as a collective whole; it does not sound like two separate entities working alongside each other – it sounds like an organic whole with a focused purpose.

Beeferman fleshes out protean piano sketches – taking the instrument to its limits and the extended vocal techniques of Naphtali are varied, eclectic and always on point. I am unsure whether the piano was process through the electronic set up, it sounds kind of pure as the bones that the body of the work, the high energy contrast of Naphtali’s multi-modal singing, hang on. It works towards a whole …

Less a manipulation of live sound as a feedback loop of seamless interaction between two skilled musicians. These pieces were created as improvisations with no over dubs or re-edits.

Released on Clang on the 1st September as a CD and Download. I looked online to embed a Soundcloud link but there was not one on official Clang Soundcloud site – it will probably be up there sometime soon so click here to be forwarded to Clang’s Soundcloud page.