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Mike Khoury & Ryan Jewell | "Squall Line Bow Echo"
    The duet of Mike Khoury (from Michigan) and Ryan Jewell (from Ohio), instrumentally interpreted as violin and percussion, recorded five pieces of cut-up improvisation/dialogues in 2007. The reverberating plates, the cymbal drones and the un-patterned percussive hits in accordance with the squeaking, meowing and the self-drunk violin strings result in highly sonant metallic intermodular discords and all that, a matter of unrehearsed spontaneity.
music by
Mike Khoury & Ryan Jewell, 2007

title
Squall Line Bow Echo

contents
1. 02:26
2. 02:28
3. 06:13
4. 04:44
5. 08:42

total duration
24:35
instrumentation
Mike Khoury violin
Ryan Jewell percussion

recordings
1, 2, 4, 5 recorded on August 25, 2007 at Blue Moon by Bill Heingartner
3 is an outdoor live recording at the Olentangy River by the Santa Maria

mastering
Themistoklis Pantelopoulos, December 2009

graphic
Themistoklis Pantelopoulos, December 2009
based on the photo "Paint 140005" by Mayang Murni Adnin (mayang.com/textures)
catalogue number
TRB.021

release date
December 18, 2009

format
CDR
status
available

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reviews

Frans de Waard | Vital Weekly | issue 731 | May 2010
    From Michigan hails Mike Khoury, who plays violin and Ryan Jewell (from Ohio), a percussionist. Jewell has a background in noise, whereas Khoury comes from the free improvisation world. They have five pieces here, lasting just over twenty-four minutes. Now this is the sort of improvisation that goes down well here. It's a direct, in-your-face recording of an adventurous conversation between two musicians. Khoury uses a bit of reverb on his violin, making this a bit more angular than the usual. Think C. Spencer Yeh like playing. Jewell works the metal ends of his percussion (metal, cymbals) to bring out high-pitched sounds, occasionally augmented by the lower bass sound from the bassdrum or toms. Dissonant but captivating material going on here, and very lively, energetic music. Cut at exactly the right length: too short to be entirely satisfying, but long enough for the amount of energy it requires.