HZL and Entente Cordiale
August 13, 2006 - 09:00 PM
Tim Albro and Jesse Kudler have played together since becoming friends at Wesleyan University around the turn of the century. They first worked together in the large electronic improvising ensemble Phil Collins, playing synthesizer and guitar/electronics, respectively. After graduating in 2002, the two didn't play together again until Winter 2004-2005, after Jesse's move to Philadelphia. Their interest in a more restrained and spacious form of improvisation was first realized in the guitar trio G3 (with Ben Stanko). Where that group had them playing guitars in a more or less conventional manner (Tim on electric 12-string and Jesse on acoustic), HZL arose from a more intense investigation of the use of electronics and electro-acoustic means. Fall 2005 found Jesse moving again, to West Philadelphia, and he and Tim became close neighbors. A schedule of record-listening sessions and concert attendance developed into a more focused musical collaboration in Winter 2005-2006, when proximity and available practice space allowed the two to work intensively on developing a duo language. Jesse resumed use of his \"regular\" set-up of table-top guitar, synthesizer, contact mic, various objects and devices, and sundry electronics. Tim began working with a unique electronics rig that incorporated radio and an archtop guitar prepared with surface-mounted speakers inside its body. Small rooms and intensive listening led to the configuration of a still-changing sound, making ample use of resonances, small sounds, and an awareness of the spaces containing them.
a fluid collection of string oriented players, creating drones, textures and a collective secular trance.