The inventive and lively community of students at the University of East Anglia's sadly defunct School of Music designated improvisation as the 'theme' for the curriculum in 2005, and invited John Tilbury and Edwin Prevost to Norwich to give lectures, workshops and the first AMM concert in East Anglia. Simon Waters (senior lecturer at the time) writes:
"Perhaps the most surprising aspect of the experience for me was it's immediate memorability. Even before replaying the recording I had a clear aural memory of the sequence of events / sounds - a response shared by the audience - and I found myself anticipating the musical development with an eerie accuracy. There's something extraordinarily 'composed' about their activity, albeit composed in real-time. I think it's the unequivocal quality of what they do that makes this performance so immediately memorable."
John Tibury / piano
Eddie Prévost / percussion
1. track 1 - 8:33
2. track 2 - 13:33
3. track 3 - 8:15
4. track 4 - 12:30
5. track 5 - 11:44
Recorded at a concert given at the School of Music, University of East Anglia, Norwich, England on 14th February 2005. Recorded by Simon Waters. Front cover Janice Tilbury.
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Eddie Prévost began his life in music as a jazz drummer. A recurring interest in this form has been maintained, although always with an experimental ethos. Along the way he has maintained his fifty-year plus experimental credentials with AMM and numerous other improvisation projects, including his now twenty-year long weekly workshop. But drumming has generally been backgrounded to his experimental percussion work. More though, is to be expected of his drumming in 2020 on forthcoming multi-CD album: The Unexpected Alchemy. A part of this Krakow festival recording features the drums and saxophone trio of Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, and Eddie Prévost. His most recent released recordings include AMM’s: An Unintended Legacy, and a duo with John Butcher - Visionary Fantasies, both on Matchless Recordings. Also, a solo percussion LP on the Earshots label called Matching Mix. Later, in 2020 he meets with Jason Yarde and Nathan Moore, while in March concerts and recording will hear him drumming with US guitarist Henry Kaiser and saxophonist Binker Golding.
And, early 2020 should see the publication of his fourth book: An Uncommon Music for the Common Man: a polemical memoir.
“Prévost's free drumming flows superbly making use of his formidable technique. It’s as though there has never been an Elvin Jones or Max Roach.” - Melody Maker
“Relentlessly innovative yet full of swing and fire.” – Morning Star
John Tilbury is renowned for his peerless interpretation of the piano music of Morton Feldman, John Cage, Christian Wolff and Howard Skempton. In addition to the performances and seminal recordings that he has made of these composers’ works, he has been an eloquent advocate of their music in his writing and speaking about them. The same is true of the attention he has paid to the music and ideas of Cornelius Cardew, the subject of his authoritative biography published in 2008, and with whom he played in the legendary improvisation groups the Scratch Orchestra and AMM. In the last ten years John Tilbury has performed a range of plays and prose pieces by Samuel Beckett.