Featuring: Alister Spence (Australia) piano, Raymond MacDonald (Scotland) alto/soprano sax, Shoeb Ahmad (guitar/electronics), Niko Schauble (drums)
'Inspired Music Making' Jazzwise (UK)
'Wildly restless...a euphoric ridge of high pressure' Bad Alchemy (Germany)
This duo dives headlong into their love of open improvisation and realtime composition. Theirs is a musical universe where beauty and tension, simplicity and density happily co-exist.
Alister Spence and Raymond MacDonald have developed a friendship and mutual admiration over the last 10 years.
They have collaborated on projects including: the Raymond MacDonald International Big Band (Tokyo 2008 feat: Satoko Fujii, Jim O'Rourke, Michiyo Yagi. CD released 'Buddy' described by the WIRE UK as 'an unqualified success'), and Alister Spence Quartet (Europe 2009, 2011).
No stranger to European audiences, Raymond works regularly with many pioneers in improvisation, including Marilyn Crispell, Fred Frith, Evan Parker, George Lewis, Barry Guy, Keith Tippet and Axel Dorner. He is a founding member of the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra.
Alister, well-known for his work with the Alister Spence Trio, Wanderlust and The Australian Art Orchestra, has also performed with improvisation luminaries such as: Satoko Fujii, Natsuki Tamura, Barre Phillips, Myra Melford, Tony Buck, Chris Abrahams and Mike Majkowski.
In 2012 the duo released a CD on Rufus Records 'Stepping Between The Shadows' recorded in Glasgow 2011.
Tonight they will performing as duo and also collaborating with the extraordinary talents of Shoeb Ahmad (Spartak/HellosQuare Records), and Niko Schauble
Listen here: http://www.rufusrecords.com.au/catalogue/RF095.html