The PtT Project (Pass the Track)

After the high of the CMU residency, we returned to Toronto at the end of February just in time for the Coronavirus crisis. As the reality of social isolation and physical distancing set in, we decided to try doing some music while maintaining our isolation. The result: the PtT project. Here’s the order of track creation for each part of the project.

  • PtT-1: Paul, John, Jim, Rose, David J., David S.
  • PtT-2: Jim, David S, Rose, David J, John, Paul
  • PtT-3: David S, Rose, David J, John, Paul, Jim
  • PtT-4: Rose, Paul, John, Jim, David S, David J.
  • PtT-5: John, David J, Paul, David S, Jim, Rose
  • PtT-6: David J, Jim, David S, Paul, Rose, John

Here’s two of the resulting projects; PtT-1 and PtT-5 with visuals by Intrepita (Paul Stillwell). Enjoy.

PtT-5 was initiated by John, followed by: David J (Darth), Paul, David S. (Suds), Jim (Mudfish) and Rose (band rule; you have to be over 60 to have a pseudonym). Everybody hears the tracks as they’re produced and can then think about a response. John’s stark opening vocal track was a shoku.  By the time it got to me, Darth, Paul and Suds had each taken the project in new and deeper directions. What could I add to an already rich project?  I decided to relax, and just – breathe. Paul’s video is the exhalation of our combined inspiration – or something.

Mudfish

Bluffers Lookout Released Today 2014/04/22

Bluffers Lookout

 

2014/04/22

Today we are very proud to announce the release of our new studio album, Bluffers Lookout!

Almost 2 hours long, this live electronic music by the CEE is a collection of several recently composed and improvised pieces. It was recorded in the spring of 2013 with editing, mixing, and mastering taking place throughout the following year. It was a difficult time for us as Larry was sick and unable to join us on any of the sessions, however his influence is present in the creation of this music. We are pleased to share these compositions with listeners around the world.

We dedicate this album to the memory of our dear friend and CEE co-founder, Larry Lake (1943 – 2013).

You can listen and purchase at http://thecee.bandcamp.com.

November 26 – John Farah Releases New CD

OK… I’m a bit late with this post 🙂 John and his good friend Attila Fias released their new CD back in October. However, it IS brilliant and you should all go and buy a copy of it as soon as you can!

Pieces of the Earth

Toronto composer-pianists Attila Fias and John Kameel Farah present a CD of Earth-themed compositions and improvisations for two pianos.

PIECES OF THE EARTH is inspired by our planet in all of its manifestations: as a world of deep oceans and pillared mountains of natural wonder and majesty, as a precious island in our solar system, as a place of civilisations blooming and falling, and as a fragile, delicate environment in peril. Themes of the fluttering of birds, volcanic plumes, cosmic dervishes, dreamy gardens and trembling warnings from the Earth itself dance and intertwine throughout the album. Drawing upon their combined diverse backgrounds in jazz, free improv, minimalism, Electronic music, Early music and avant-garde experimentalism, the stylistic range of these new pieces and improvisations expand the boundaries of the piano duo repertoire.

David Dacks, an independent reviewer for exclaim.ca wrote in his review:  “…their incredible dexterity is much more than mere flash. With two pianos you get double the majestic chords, twice the number of contrapuntal runs and infinitely more possibilities for atmospheric effects.”