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Reich: Electric Counterpoint, Radioactivity, Etc / Powerplant, Elysian String Quartet, Et Al


Release Date: 01/27/2009 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 143   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Steve ReichJavier AlvarezMatthew FaircloughVarious Artists,   ... 
Performer:  Matthew FaircloughJoby Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  PowerplantElysian String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is an Enhanced CD which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files, including a video performance of Temazcal.

Bringing together some of the most dynamic young British artists, Powerplant explores hi-octane percussion-led music with an electronic sound and strong visual performance. The collective made its debut in July 2005, with a sell-out performance at The Purcell Room, London. Since then Powerplant has performed extensively throughout the UK and was one of the few ensembles to perform at Steve Reich's Barbican birthday celebrations 'Phases', in 2006. As well as Steve Reich's Electric Counterpoint, works by the electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk (which translates as 'Powerplant' in English) are
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At the heart of the Powerplant sound is the percussion and live electronics duo of genre trashing Ensemble Bash virtuoso, Joby Burgess and Liverpool based composer and live sound engineer, Matthew Fairclough. Coupled with specially created film, vintage computer imagery and live visuals from Bristol-based visual artist Kathy Hinde, the trio has created an experimental and challenging repertoire fusing seminal percussion works alongside their own work, improvisations and remixes. Powerplant's set of classic electronica from pioneering dance masters Kraftwerk, was arranged in-conjunction with composer, Ben Foster, and features the Elysian Quartet, the only British string quartet of its generation exclusively dedicated to 20th century and contemporary music.

From September 2006 until June 2007, Powerplant worked on a 'Item' research grant from the Arts council of England hosted by FACT - Foundation for Arts & Creative Technology - in Liverpool. As a result of this work Powerplant will premiere major new commissions from British minimalist, Graham Fitkin and composer/producer Gabriel Prokofiev to coincide with the release of this disc. This release is a CD Plus, which will incorporate visuals from Powerplant's live shows, and will be supported by a UK tour during November and December.
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Works on This Recording

1. Electric Counterpoint by Steve Reich
Performer:  Matthew Fairclough (Sound Effects), Joby Burgess (Percussion)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Powerplant,  Elysian String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
2. Temazcal by Javier Alvarez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Powerplant,  Elysian String Quartet
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1984 
3. Audiotectonics III by Matthew Fairclough
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Powerplant,  Elysian String Quartet
4. Kraftwerk: Tour de France by Various Artists
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Powerplant,  Elysian String Quartet
5. Kraftwerk: Radioactivity by Various Artists
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Powerplant,  Elysian String Quartet
6. Kraftwerk: Pocket Calculator by Various Artists
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Powerplant,  Elysian String Quartet
7. Carbon Copy by Joby Burgess
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Powerplant,  Elysian String Quartet
Notes: Composed with Matthew Fairclough. 

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