Weasel Walter / Mary Halvorson / Peter Evans - Electric Fruit
"Electric Fruit" alludes to the vexing encounter between nature and
technology, one of the most complex issues that we face as a global
society. The album brings together a powerhouse of innovators—Weasel
Walter, Mary Halvorson and Peter Evans—to emphatically capture, question
and explore the throes of this crucial contradiction. "Electric Fruit"
is a stirring and potent recording of the dangerous confrontation
between the innate and the artificial, the organic and the robotic. Each
member of the trio brings their peculiarities, problems and powers to
the table for a passionate discourse on the demands and constraints of
modern music and the world.
The album features Peter Evans’s intrepid explorations of the sonic
possibilities of the trumpet, as he delivers yet another performance
that crackles with wit and boundless energy. Mary Halvorson’s alkaline,
wiry guitar lines lend an angular linearity to the forms and force
structural direction while displaying a tart sense of deliberate
dissonance. Weasel Walter erects maniacal, asymmetrical frameworks for
his band mates to dart in and out of as his transparent, high-velocity
drum approach creates constant momentum and simultaneously implies
multiple directions. The players’ distinct instrumental voices weave
labyrinthine strands of counterpoint at rapid paces, intentionally
intersecting and negating each other from moment to moment in attempt to
reach as many disparate points of structural coherence as possible.
The group forges a frenetic, yet painterly style of modern
improvisational music imbued with intense speed and density. The music
is brisk, strange and articulate, presenting a dry and bizarre sense of
humor and play. The goal of the group is to create a new kind of music
beyond idiom, with maximum intellect, reaction and musicality.
Already established leaders in their own right, Walter, Halvorson and
Evans represent the best of a coming generation of talent. Having
performed throughout the United States and Europe for the past several
years, the trio now presents its debut studio recording, “Electric