nine pieces of five or six parts for fourteen instruments
recorded on the vine in Tucson late February-early March 2010
played by alex ferris
winds: nickelnote (1,3,5,8,9) serpico (2,8,9), phridge (1,3), floo (5,8), dubba (4), cop (7)
strings: horzba (2,3,4,5,6,8,9), spike (2,3,4,5,6,7,9), pharo (3,6,7)
percussion: kalben cool (1,4,6,7), thud (1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9), bishbosh (9), smelly old harry (3,8), kyzyl kum (1,2,4,7,9)
Where the “imaginary band” on Manque was minimally skilled musicians essentially jamming around simple riffs, the group on po is more mindful and conscious of deeper conceptual ideas (canons, hockets, bitonalities, etc.), concerned with the functions of the individual parts in relation to the whole of the music rather than the simple act of playing.
The “imaginary set” represented by po includes #1 as a (klezmer derived) warmup and #9 as a (dixieland derived) encore with #’s 2-8 constituting the real musical subject of po.