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 Axial Music Collaborations

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Performances of GQ with musician/composer David Arner and sometimes with poet/sound artist Charles Stein and musician/composer John Beaulieu. In groups of 2 we call it Axial Duo; 3, Axial Trio; 4 or more, Axial Band.

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Axial music, as distinguished from improvisation as often practiced, does not recycle in new arrangements what one already knows how to do. Rather, it aims to release our listening habits, expectations, and taste by discovering “living sound” in each instant, unprecedented to the extent possible. It allows that an emerging sound field has its own intelligence, which one follows by listening to the sounds themselves, as they arise. The term “axial” refers to an unknown but felt center within a generative action in a given medium, and it may apply to any kind of art. Here it refers to a somewhat mysterious dynamic center that arises between musicians and calls them to a new integrity of sound in the moment. Our experience is that playing music this way gets “smarter” over time, the sound-field intelligence gets more vivid between us. This is the experience we hope to share in our new performance.

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