Steve Peters: Occasional Music

Steve Peters: Occasional Music
Label: Palace Of Lights
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"Though perhaps not intended as such, Steve Peters' Occasional Music can
be broached as a career retrospective, though doing so shouldn't lead one
to presume that the work by the sound and installation artist is finished.
Nevertheless, the collection spans two decades of collaborative recording
activity and showcases multiple stylistic paths Peters has pursued through
an admittedly 'made-to-order' involvement in dance, theatre, and film / video
projects. Three of the recording's most musically satisfying pieces frame the
album. The opener, 'Paris, Once' (1984), is a lovely, spare solo piano etude
(performed by Robin Holcomb, an under-appreciated composer in her own
right) that's close in melancholy spirit to from shelter. Occasional Music
closes with 'Circular Lullaby' (1998), a haunting setting where celestial 
female voices alternate and overlap in an hypnotic manner reminiscent of
Eno's Music for Airports, and 'Two Rivers' (2003), an equally beautiful and
tranquil electric guitar piece.
What's most striking about 'Ancestral Memory' (1996), isn't so much its
instrumentation (accordion, gongs, metal bowl) but the way in which Peters
separates its contents into two contrasting tempi, one agitated and frenetic
and the other ponderous and slow-moving. Occasional Music also
documents Peters' passion for non-Western forms, such as Javanese 
gamelan (he's a founding member of Gamelan Encantada, a
Javanese-American ensemble), with the meditative 'Planctus' (1994) a
particularly accomplished example. A dream-like quality permeates
'Unchained' (1997), where a suling (a simple bamboo flute) wends an 
undulating path over Middle Eastern-flavoured percussion rhythms, and a
jazz dimension emerges during 'Courtship Rituals' (1996) when cornetist
Jonathan Baldwin and saxophonist Tom Guralnick solo over a spooky
tribal base. Occasional Music does sometimes venture into extreme
territory, as evidenced by 'Auto de Fé' (1997) whose garbled voice effects
and pounding drum accents make it clearly the recording's most
'out there' piece.
Despite their obvious differences, these rigorously composed pieces
share an uncorrupted purity. If Occasional Music doesn't ultimately provide
a singular representation of the composer's style, it does present a
seventy-minute summative portrait of Peters' diverse and high-quality
music-making."  (Textura)
Release Info
Format CD
Country USA

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