OREN AMBARCHI / ROBBIE AVENAIM – Clockwork

(Room40)

A great live improvisation whose brief duration – a little more than 18 minutes – does not detract a iota from its variegated intelligence. On guitar and percussion respectively, Ambarchi and Avenaim lead us through an involving trip to a strange land where the mechanics of common sense are totally reconstructed, its soundtrack a frantic gamelan which starts from ominous metallic halos then becomes the rebellious outburst of a squad of bell clocks on dope. Instruments are virtually unrecognizable during this magic trick, the players just happy to tickle these complex percussive intersections with more and more enthusiasm until the end, the audience saluting the pair with a convinced and well deserved applause.

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