New Music Premiere:
Words: Steve Smith
Image: Katharina Huber
Asked to describe his composition, Pitsiokos offered the following thoughts via e-mail:
“Orelius” is composed of two overlapping melodies in different tempi, played by the drums and bass on the one hand and the guitar and saxophone on the other. Like most of CP Unit’s oeuvre, the written material only serves as a starting point for extemporization, but within the structure of the piece lies the metaphorical imperative of the work: seemingly contrasting, disparate, individualized material can coexist and assert a singular unison spirit. An aggregate of individuated voices is always stronger than an aggregate of similitude. It is my belief that this is true not only in music, but also in other forms of artistic expression, politics, economy, and society at large.
One Foot on the Ground Smoking Mirror Shakedown, due Feb. 21 on Ramp Local, is available to preorder now on Bandcamp. Chris Pitsiokos and CP Unit will celebrate the album’s arrival at Roulette on Feb. 27 at 8pm, in a concert that also includes two Pitsiokos compositions for strings and electronics; visit the Roulette website for details.