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SIGNS OF OCCUPATION : music by JAMES WEEKS
PLUS-MINUS ENSEMBLE

This is new music in every sense - avant-garde, yet essentially straightforward - music pared to its core, not minimalism but avoiding dense and detailed structures. The music has no ostentatious virtuosity but simple, ordinary sounds, mixed and repeated in evolving combinations, and in different ways in each piece, from the loop-building in Looping Busker Music, to the detuned strings of the solo guitar in Digger.

Several of today's foremost instrumentalists of the new music scene appear (see track list below).

Also available is James Weeks' first Metier CD, the acclaimed 'TIDE' (MSV 28532)

CD DURATION:  76:23

AUDIO SAMPLE: Common Ground (extract)




dealer release date: 9 September, 2016
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CD program:

Looping Busker Music
Vicky Wright, clarinet; Aisha Orazbayeva, violin;
Tom Pauwels, guitar; Mark Knoop, accordion.
Three Trios - Piano Trio and Tape
Marcus Barcham Stevens, violin;
Oliver Coates, cello; Mark Knoop, piano.

Signs of Occupation
James Wilkes, speaker; Andrew Sparling, clarinet
Digger
Alastair Putt, guitar
common ground
Daniel Pioro, violin; Maxine Moore, viola;
Oliver Coates, cello

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“Recorded with a dry, strikingly clear sonic perspective, this is an intriguing wander through a mind filled with culture and creativity. The beauty of such a canvas is that what you discover throws your own thoughts into sharp relief – it's not so much about the pieces themselves, but what kind of mirror they hold up to the listener.” – Dominy Clements (MusicWeb)

“ Signs of Occupation represents an intro­duction to the varied musical perspectives of this eclectic composer. The performers' response to the demands of the music is sensitive and com­mitted to revealing its complexities, a richly rewarding experience that occupies the listening space long after the music has finished.” - Lauren Redhead (Tempo)

“Listening to James Weeks's recent CD Signs of Occupation (métier msv 28559) against the backdrop of the last few days, I find myself drawn to its sheer robustness as much as anything else. In sombre moments, I sometimes imagine what art, what music, would be left in the instance of a Station Eleven -type apocaplyse... the music with the most fighting chance would be that which made the least demands on resources... Weeks's chamber pieces, several of them represented on Signs of Occupation , are exemplary. While Weeks's music is far from easy, I don't believe its successful realisation depends upon expertise (and specialisation) so much as dedication – a product of desire and time, a very different proposition.” – Tim Rutherford-Johnson (The Rambler)

“ It's an interesting CD, music pared back to the minimum. Worth investigation if you're adventurous.” – Jeremy Condliffe (The Chronicle)