Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Nikos Veliotis & Anastasis Grivas - Vertical



45 seconds of silence as prelude to vibrant messages arising from cello strings (distinguishable among other manipulations)...
...a strange amalgam of textures that repeatedly waves, wraps, until it disappears, sweetly…
...51 seconds of silence come up, then a fluid movement comes back, persists, changes its skin and leaves place to the next pause that leads to a new, almost inaudible, phase…
...and so for the rest...
V 1, V 2, V 3, V 4, four pieces built on the same scheme: a long, silent start followed by a stream of linear sounds emanated from a cello filtered through a bow (Nikos Veliotis) and a custom-made guitar (Anastasis Grivas).
Veliotis and Grivas are two Greek musicians with a classical background and several experiences concerning avant-garde and experimentation.
"Vertical" was conceived in 2008, result of this interesting collaboration.
Instruments interact, moving in a drone direction.
Nice work if listened to with the right attitude, played into a vertical space…

Label: Low Impedance Recordings
Cat. #: LoZ013
Format: CD
Release date: 2008

Tracklisting:
01 - V 1 (11:52)
02 - V 2 (12:30)
03 - V 3 (19:20)
04 - V 4 (14:32)

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Nikos Veliotis’ discography:
  • 28/04/2001 (2001, Absurd, #11) (w/ Costis Drygianakis)
  • Vw (2002, Absurd, 22) (w/ Dan Warburton)
  • Murder Melody (2003, Absurd, #35) (w/ Nicolas Malevitsis)
  • Quartet (2004, Hibari Music, hibari-06) (w/ Taku Sugimoto, Kazushige Kinoshita, Taku Unami)
  • Radial (2004, Confront, Confront 13)
  • The Harmless Dust (2005, Vectors/Headz , vector 5/HEADZ 38) (w/ David Grubbs)
  • The Sea Looks Green When The Sky Is Grey (2006, Sofa, SOFA 519) (w/ Anita Kaasbøll, Michael Francis Duch)
  • Vertical (2008, Low Impedance Recordings, LoZ013) (w/ Anastasis Grivas)
  • Cello Powder (2009)
  • Slugabed (2010, Hibari, hibari-19) (w/ Klaus Filip)
  • Tables And Stairs (2011, Organized Music From Thessaloniki, t11) (w/ Ferran Fages, Robin Hayward)
  • Folklor Invalid (2013, Antifrost, afro2062)
  • Kaspian Black (2015, Alt.Vinyl, av061) (w/ Xavier Charles)
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Nikos Veliotis’ other projects/collaborations:
  • Cranc - All Angels (1999, Δίσκοι ΕΔΩ, E-07) (w/ Rhodri Davies, Angharad Davies)
  • Coti - Lego (1999, Studio II, ST II CD/108)
  • London Improvisers Orchestra - Proceedings (2000, Emanem, 4201)
  • Coti - Metamemoria (2001, Vibrant Music, VMD-02)
  • β (2001, Confront, Confront 08)
  • FIN Trio (2002, WIMprozes, CD 060801) (w/ Fred Van Hove, Ivo Vander Borghi)
  • Looper - Squarehorse (2003, Absurd, 45)
  • Textu Rizer - Texturizer (2003, Antifrost, afro 2018)
  • Chris Burn's Ensemble - Ensemble At Musica Genera 2002 (2003, Musica Genera, MG 006)
  • David Grubbs - A Guess At The Riddle(2004, FatCat Records, FATCD33)
  • Yannis Kyriakides - The Buffer Zone (2005, Unsounds, 11U)
  • Textu Rizer - 7 (2006, Antifrost, afro 2036)
  • Ilios - Love Is My Motor (2007, Antifrost, afro 2038)
  • Looper + John Tilbury - Mass (2007, Esquilo Records, ES010 / ESDVD001)
  • VV.AA. - Noise Room (2008, Sonig, sonig 66CD)
  • Mohammad - Roto Vildblomma (2010, Antifrost, afro 2044) (w/ Coti, ILIOS)
  • Cranc - Copper Fields (2010, Organized Music From Thessaloniki / Absurd, t09 / #82) (w/ Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies)
  • Looper - Dying Sun (2010, Another Timbre / Cathnor Recordings, at38 / Cath012) (w/ Martin Küchen, Ingar Zach)
  • Mohammad - Spiríti (2011, Antifrost, afro 2050/52) (2013, Antifrost, afro2059) (w/ Coti, ILIOS) 
  • Mohammad - Som Sakrifis (2013, PAN, PAN 37)
  • Looper - Matter (2013, Monotype Records, monoLP015) (w/ Martin Küchen, Ingar Zach)
  • 10tet (2016, Confront Recordings, CCS60) (w/ Tetuzi Akiyama, Moé Kamura, Radu Malfatti, Kazushige Kinoshita, Masahiko Okura, Taku Unami, Toshihiro Koike, Klaus Filip, Taku Sugimoto)
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    Nikos Veliotis appears on:
    • Taku Sugimoto - Quartet / Octet (2014, Slubmusic Tengu, slubmusic tengu 5)
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    Nikos Veliotis’ tracks appear on:
    • VV.AA. - Void / Full (2004, Antifrost, afro 2019 / 2020) (track: Full)
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    Anastasis Grivas’ discography:
    • Split (2002, Editions Zero, #2) (w/ Howard Stelzer, Jason Talbot, Vic Rawlings, Theodore Zioutos, Nicolas Malevitsis)
    • Vertical (2008, Low Impedance Recordings, LoZ013) (w/ Nikos Veliotis)
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    Links:
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