The Music of Alvin P. Buckley //

Album label: 
Release date: 
01/02/2016
Recording location: 
Mulhouse
Recording date: 
Sunday, March 1, 2015
  • 1. Alphabets and Alfa Romeos (08:24)
  • 2. Le Musicien Est Au Son (16:47)
  • 3. Every Bird Must Be Catalogued (14:02)
  • 4. Ce Que Le Ver Est A La Pomme (16:18)
  • 5. Playing Cards (05:35)

Pierre Borel – alto sax
Louis Laurain – trumpet
Antonio Borghini – double bass
Hannes Lingens – drums

Following their highly acclaimed double CD “The Braxtornette Project” (UMLAUT Records 2013), Italian-French-German quartet “Die Hochstapler” (The Impostors) present a ground breaking work based on the writings of the exceptional musician and mathematician Alvin P. Buckley.

A pioneering scientific resarcher (probability theory) as much as a versatile musician back in Chicago, Buckley retired from active music making after an epiphanic encounter with Stockhausen in Paris, but kept writing down ideas for musical games, structures and strategies for collective composition, as well as melodic fragments and short philosophic aphorisms, in his journal. Based on these journal entries and refraining from any use of notation, the quartet uses poetry, card games, alphabets and other sources of inspiration to form the grammar for the hochstaplerish discourse.

Four independent voices, free to suggest, pretend, agree, disagree or ignore at any time of the game, collectively build up a rhetoric, full of hints and references, playful and ever changing.