For Christina Carter

by Paul G. Smyth

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Released as a 3" cd on Nysha in 2008, and previously featured on the Foxglove compilation Wailing Bones Vol. 9, in 2006.

Issue 296, Oct 2008
Outer Limits - Keith Moliné
CD Review - For Christina Carter

“A 3″CD reissue of an 18 minute piece that originally appeared on a Foxglove label compilation, this showcases Irish pianist Smyth’s considerable gifts as an improvisor. Building from a few hesitant melodic daubings into a huge churning mass of tumbling arpeggios, it’s a genuinely cathartic listening experience. His approach is slightly reminiscent of a more crashing, energised version of The Necks’ mighty Chris Abrahams, in the way he causes his music to spiral outwards from a still point, covering a lot of ground with few abrupt dynamic or harmonic shifts. He just does it a lot more loudly. It would be interesting to see how he might be able to sustain such fuck-you intensity over a longer timeframe. I note with some amusement that he tags his MySpace site “the bad-tempered clavier”. Luckily for us, it sounds like he was particularly pissed off on the day he recorded this.”



released February 12, 2008

Paul G. Smyth, solo piano



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Paul G. Smyth Ireland

Paul G. Smyth (b.1976) is a musician, artist and designer, based in Ireland. Since 1999, he has worked with Charles Gayle, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Peter Brötzmann, Keiji Haino, Barry Guy, Wadada Leo Smith, John Russell, Chris Corsano, Lol Coxhill, Charles Hayward, John Butcher, Hannah Marshall, Mark Sanders and Damo Suzuki, among many others, and written music for theatre and installations. ... more

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