presenting the work of Tom Johnson (Counting to Seven - excerpts; Les vaches de Narayana)
Created by Didier Aschour in 1996, the Dedalus Ensemble is a highly regarded, modular ensemble known for its long-term relationships with such composers as Tom Johnson, Christian Wolff, Pascale Criton, and Michael Pisaro. Collectively, the ensemble finds camaraderie in work that invites the interpreter into expanded creative roles, such as open/improvisatory elements, geometric/non-linear forms, or the total listening space that is asked of the musicians, sometimes even playing different instruments. One could say the group functions together more like a rock band, which becomes more apparent in their realizations of Moondog, but also in the striking way they interpret Music With Changing Parts (Philip Glass). Though its members come from from vastly varied and skilled musical lives, be it baroque, free-improvisation, spectralist, jazz, or minimalist, each of these unique and high-caliber individuals bring something exceptional to the group. The ensemble is not defined by a particular aesthetic, but rather by process it takes to realizing a piece of music together. They also choose to work with composers who are blurring the edges between artistic forms and hierarchical roles, and as a result become part of the collective ensemble.