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Beyond Protocol

by Andrea Centazzo, Henry Kaiser

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Andrea Centazzo and Henry Kaiser have been playing percussion/guitar duets for over 42 years; since the dawn of free improvisation in America. This album celebrates their collaboration with new recordings from 2019 and 2017 next to their complete first recordings from 1978 that were first released on PROTOCOL, also on the Metalanguage label. Unpredictable and surprising, they continue to take no prisoners and to investigate new and unexplored musical territories. Electric and acoustic, they are to this day they are the cutting edges, gnawing away at boundaries of what has never been done before.

“There is a fascinating balance/exchange of ideas going on here, an ongoing dialogue which each partner creates their own story or scenery, the other player moving within the flow. Mr. Kaiser alters the sound of his guitar on each piece, evoking a variety of vibes, genres or styles. Even when Mr. Kaiser switches to acoustic guitar, his playing is constantly evolving, reaching backwards and forwards as he goes. Mr. Kaiser sounds as if he is using an e-bow on his acoustic guitar to coax some mysterious drones in the second half… The music was/is consistently engaging. While listening, I kept thinking that I was entering a new space on each piece, the scenery in my mind’s eye unfolding and changing as we move along.” – Bruce lee Gallanter, DMG


released March 6, 2020


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Henry Kaiser San Francisco, California

Henry Kaiser is an American guitarist and composer, known as an idiosyncratic soloist, a sideman, an ethnomusicologist, and a film score composer. Recording and performing prolifically in many styles of music, Kaiser is a fixture on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. He is considered a member of the "second generation" of American free improvisers. ... more

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