Voice of the Bowed Guitar
English expatriate Rod Poole is known for his improvisation work on acoustic guitar. A founding member of the Oxford Improvisor’s Cooperative, Poole has also performed with Derek Bailey and in private collaborations with Keith Rowe of AMM. “Voice of the Bowed Guitar” is a trio (with Doug Williford and Joseph Hammer) of guitars utilizing just intonation, a tuning system with underlying mathematical relationships different from conventional western tuning, created by moving the frets from their original positions. The sustained bowing of the guitars creates a dense curtain of sound from which the ears discern subtleties of texture over time. The average duration of a single performance ranges from 45 minutes to one hour. Poole’s rich, microtonal improvisations can be heard on his CDs “December 96” and “The Death Adder.” The trio that comprises Voice of the Bowed Guitar can also be heard on the Transparency release “Iasis.”
Kraig Grady/ Orchestra of the Anaphoria Shadow Theater
Composer Kraig Grady writes in alternate tunings for acoustic instruments of his own creation. Initially inspired by Harry Partch, Grady began and still continues his studies of intonation with Erv Wilson. He is also heavily inspired by the possibilities inherent in musics around the world, especially the music of Anaphoria Island. Progressing from improvisory and textural compositions to works created for his original wood and metal instruments, Grady’s work currently explores the possibilities of resonance, internal as well as external. For “sound.” at the Schindler House, he will be joined by his ensemble, Orchestra of the Anaphoria Shadow Theatre.