RICHARD TEITELBAUM

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Richard Teitelbaum (born May 19, 1939) is an American composer, keyboardist, and improvisor. Born in New York, he is a former student of Allen Forte, Mel Powell, and Luigi Nono. He is best known for his live electronic music and synthesizer performance. For example, he brought the first moog synthesizer to Europe. He is also involved with world music and uses Japanese, Indian, and western classical instruments and notation. He studied in Italy with Luigi Nono and Goffredo Petrassi. While in Italy, he became a founding member of Musica Elettronica Viva with Alvin Curran and Frederic Rzewski. He has also collaborated with Anthony Braxton, Nam June Paik, Joan Jonas, Andrew Cyrille, and Leroy Jenkins, among others. Teitelbaum lives in upstate New York and teaches at Bard College.

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RICHARD TEITELBAUM Hiuchi - Ishi album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hiuchi - Ishi
Avant-Garde Jazz 1978

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RICHARD TEITELBAUM Time Zones (with Anthony Braxton) album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Time Zones (with Anthony Braxton)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1977
RICHARD TEITELBAUM Blends & The Digital Pianos album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blends & The Digital Pianos
Third Stream 1984
RICHARD TEITELBAUM The Sea Between (with Carlos Zingaro) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Sea Between (with Carlos Zingaro)
Jazz Related Improv/Composition 1988
RICHARD TEITELBAUM Concerto Grosso (1985) For Human Concertino And Robotic Ripieno album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Concerto Grosso (1985) For Human Concertino And Robotic Ripieno
Third Stream 1988
RICHARD TEITELBAUM Cyberband album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Cyberband
Avant-Garde Jazz 1994
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Golem
Third Stream 1995

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RICHARD TEITELBAUM Time Zones (with Anthony Braxton)

Live album · 1977 · Avant-Garde Jazz
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Few musical instruments have gone through the entire transformation that the synthesizer has. These days, digital sample based synthesizers are used to accurately reproduce anything from symphonic orchestras to percussion ensembles from every corner of the globe. Such was not the case in the 60s and 70s when the synthesizer was a barely controllable bundle of wires and circuits incapable of sounding like anything but its own primitive self. Much like the hollow reeds and log drums of the ancient world, the early electronic synthesizer in its most naïve state offered new musical possibilities to creative minds. One such creative mind was Richard Teitelbaum, who made brave attempts to make the difficult studio-bound synthesizer an expressive live instrument to be used in free improvisational settings. Teitelbaum is one of the very few to attempt this sort of improv in a jazz setting and the LP “Time Zones” is an excellent recorded document of a couple such ‘jam sessions’ with leading avant-garde woodwind master, Anthony Braxton.

Braxton is an excellent choice to help try and pull off this difficult feat of a live improvisational mix of an acoustic instrument and analog electronics. Braxton’s ability to draw electronic type sounds out of his various woodwinds goes a long ways towards making the two performers blend. Basically this album is made up of two performances; “Crossing” (side 1) is played in front of an audience in a reverb heavy church with Braxton playing high pitched alto and sopranino sax, while “Behemoth Dreams” (side 2) is performed in a studio with Braxton on the massive contrabass clarinet.

The success of this record is dependent on how well the performers pull off the difficult task of giving their two seemingly oblique instruments some way to blend, and how well they maintain musical interest while improvising. I think many would not have been able to pull this off, but Anthony and Richard do a remarkable job, particularly on side one, of making this succeed due to their thoughtful and careful interactions. Despite being a 70s avant-garde jazz record, much of this album is rather quiet, but don’t doubt for a second, when Anthony Braxton decides to bring the noise, he make a woodwind instrument sound like a herd of screaming monkeys.

This album is very much a product of its time, both in its odd instrumentation and in its bold and naïve approach to improvisation. If you like 60s/70s avant garde music, as well as the almost kitsch like sound of early electronics, this album holds up well against others such as Mario Davidovsky’s composed duos for synthezizer and acoustic instruments. Although this improv is a success given the daunting task at hand, still, it does require a relaxed state of mind to enjoy this sort of lengthy improvisation between two instruments, no matter how creative the performers, its hard to avoid some moments of stagnation

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