Robert Aaron - Michael Curran - Keith Nicolay – The Last Ten Minutes
Artichoke Records – 202
II Grand Finale
Robert Aaron - siel synthesizer, tack piano
Michael Curran - piano, fender-rhodes, kalimba
Keith Nicolay - acoustic guitar, flute, piano
"The Last Ten Minutes may (1) refer to the fly with its head trapped in the vortex, pictured on the front cover, (2) depict an apocalypse in which case 'Grand Finale' (side 1, band 2) should be retitled 'Disquiet at the Council of Trenton', or (3) represent the last ten minutes (in the mundane sense) of anybody the listener knows, described either (a) inappropriately or (b) with an obscuring plethora of detail.
The synthesizer mediates among sounds which parallel, without imitating, those of the guitar and sometimes multiphonic flute, sounds of purely electro-mechanical nature, and keyboard-related sonorities.
In 'Grand Finale', the three keyboards sometimes behave as one multi-stopped instrument, sometimes quarrell.
In 'Conclusion', the keys of the processed Kalimba (African thumb-piano) are most-often snapped upside-down.
In all three pieces, discourses are frequently polyrhythmic and often disruptive. All ratios are intentional, no matter how irrationally described mathematically. The harmonies, while quite chromatic, combine in the spirit of harmolodic improvisation. From time to time, they allude to modes, while avoiding their syntax.
Both group improvisations on side one were accomplished in a single sitting, while side two discreetly adds overtracks as it progresses." – Robert Aaron