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Musica Elettronica Viva - United Patchwork
A1Via Della Luce
B2Cross Over One
B3Slugging Rocks
C2What Is Freedom?
D2Cross Over Two
D3Cross Over Three
D4Sea Line

Musica Elettronica Viva
United Patchwork

Alternative Fox | Item No: 711132
Vinyl 2LP | 1978 / UK | New
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One of the most mythical experimental groups of all time, Musica Elettronica Viva was formed in 1966 by a group of American composers in Rome, its nucleus comprised of pianist Frederic Rzewski, sound improviser Alvin Curran and the improvisatory keyboardist Richard Teitelbaum. Taking cues from John Cage and David Tudor, MEV employed open, limitless structures, using found instruments, toys, a homemade synthesizer and the first Moog to reach mainland Europe. Improv and critical listening practices aimed to liberate listeners from the constraints of bourgeois capitalism and as their sound evolved, forms of Jewish mysticism and surrealist automaticism pointed to transcendent potential. An abortive US tour in 1970 split MEV into three units, but the “Kabbalistic Dixieland” band later reformed with Rzewski, Curran and Teitelbaum joined by saxophonist Steve Lacy, trombonist Garrett List and keyboardist Karl Berger. The resultant double album United Patchwork, recorded in November 1977 at Mama Dog for Horo Records, captures MEV in all of their discordant, improvisatory glory, from Teitelbaum’s side-long opener, “Via Della Luce,” to the honking noise of Lacy’s “Fox,” the excessive keyboard meanderings of Curran’s “Psalm,” Berger’s vibraphone folly, “Cross Over One” and Rzewski’s ponderous “What Is Freedom.”
Item Details
Item No:711132
Artist:Musica Elettronica Viva
Titel:United Patchwork
Label:Alternative Fox
Format:Vinyl 2LP, Vinyl, LP
Release Date:1978
Genre:Organic Grooves
Style:Jazz / Fusion
Available since:04.02.2020
Price:23,99 €
Weight:500g (plus 250g Packaging)
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