Jim Denley (wind instruments)
Kim Myhr (12-string guitar, zither)
Ingar Zach (gran cassa, percussion)
In April 2013, Denley, Myhr and Zach returned to the Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas for the third time. Surrounded by Rothko’s grey and blue monuments, in an atmosphere both memorial and stage, they improvised a four-hour shifting soundscape which, if nothing else, deserves some sort of endurance award. Almost three of those hours are presented here in a single continuous piece, split over three CDs, in an ambitious exploration of form, sound and space.
It’s contemplative, meditative and, in places, even tribal. An incantation or ritual that absorbs both any extraneous detail and the listener’s attention.
Listen to it loud to heighten the dynamic contrasts – the spikes of invocation, the brief pregnant silences. There’s a sense of the void, in all its terrible reality, from which it is impossible to look away.