Flower-Corsano Duo and Ashtray Navigations

Michael Flower, Chris Corsano

10/1/2009 - 10/30/2009

Michael Flower (founding member of UK drone ensemble Vibracathedral Orchestra, Sunburned Hand of the Man member) – Japan banjo (aka shahi baaja – an modified electric version of the Indian bulbul tarang) Chris Corsano (plays with Paul Flaherty, Jim O’Rourke, Bjork, Evan Parker, Jandek, Thurston Moore, Vampire Belt, Six Organs of Admittance, etc.) – drums

mp3s’ & VHF’s write up of the new record here:

barely used myspace here: myspace.com/flowercorsanoduo

hi-res photos: http://cor-sano.com/flower/photos.html
more information, interviews, etc.: chris@yod.com


The Four Aims LP/CD (VHF, 2009)
*Brainwashed – “There are few sounds so unique in improvised music today, and the duo’s perfection of this kind of head-on freedom is rarely matched in any circle….Building into a frenetic and undulating weight, the unit moves with a singular vision all too rare. Instant response is one thing, but Flower and Corsano can shift mood along with tempo, atmosphere with melody and approach with feel. This sort of elasticity and balance results in some of the most distinctly surprising and exciting sounds happening today.” –http://brainwashed.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=7454&Itemid =64

*Pitchfork – “Along the way they evoke Rudolph Grey’s far-out travels with Rashied Ali, Keiji Haino’s bursting solos in Fushitsusha, maybe even what Jimi Hendrix and Mitch Mitchell are playing in the after-life.” –http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/11165-i-brute-force/

*Dusted – “The Radiant Mirror, the pair¹s 2007 debut, is a blistering document, matching Corsano¹s kitchen-sink percussion work with Flower¹s electrifying Shahi Baaja (also known, in a bit of a misnomer, as an Indian banjo) in one of that year¹s best records. The Four Aims finds the scope of the duo¹s instrumentation widened, with more diverse results, but, at its core, this disc remains true to the pair¹s original M.O., and with two musicians this gifted, it¹s hard to imagine their collaborative work being anything less than outstanding.” –http://www.dustedmagazine.com/reviews/4887

*Tiny Mix Tapes – “In compositional breadth, in technical twinkle, in (a)tonal assault, this is a deeply humbling record, the inscrutable blueprint for progress.” –http://www.tinymixtapes.com/Flower-Corsano-Duo

*Foxy Digitalis – 9 out of 10 –http://www.digitalisindustries.com/foxyd/reviews.php?which=4195

The Radiant Mirror LP/CD (Textile, 2007)
*#26 on The Wire’s Top 50 of 2007 list

*Mojo’s Underground Album of the Week – http://cor-sano.com/flower/images/mojo.jpg

*Tiny Mix Tapes’ year-end list of 24 “Eureka Albums of 2007” – “Chris Corsano and Mick Flower make fire. That no-need-for-an-introduction drummer and the founding member of UK¹s Vibracathedral Orchestra inaugurated this year with an explosive three-song album.” – http://www.tinymixtapes.com/2007-Eureka-Albums-of-2007

*Alan Bishop’s (Sun City Girls/Sublime Frequencies) Best of 2007 list in Arthur Magazine

*Bookmat – “Wailing psychedelic tangled droning and plucking is set against pounding unpredicatable percussion – it’s as if Hendrix picked up and left for India, bag of narcotics in tow and then bumped into Elvin Jones before recording a night-long improv session.” – http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=89435

Phil Todd (ran the Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers label, started Ashtray
Navigations in 1995) – guitar + electronics
Melanie Delaney (also performs solo under the name Ocelocelot)- electronics

myspace.com/ashtraynavigations http://myspace.com/ashtraynavigations

*Foxy Digitalis – “No matter how limited or impossible to find, every release by this one-man-plus sideshow proves to be a stimulating slice of homemade musical nirvana.” – http://www.digitalisindustries.com/foxyd/reviews.php?which=1912

*Blastitude – “If you thought Four Raga Moods was good (and it was really good), you’ve gotta hear Tristes Tropiques. I think it’s better. In fact, I think this is IT, the pinnacle of the whole one-man-and-a-tape-machine-against-the-universe genre.” – http://www.blastitude.com/9/pg6.htm

*Foxy Digitalis – “It’s both heart-warming and infuriating to realise that music like this was being put out in the mid nineties when the world was ruled by guitar dinosaurs. Thing is, unless you were plugged directly into the scene’s conduits you would’ve missed the whole damn thing as it quietly spread.” –http://www.digitalisindustries.com/foxyd/reviews.php?which=3303

*Dusted – “Four More Raga Moods engages with all the micro-managed detail one seeks in a good electronica record, yet still storms the senses with its unhinged psychedelic play.” – http://www.dustedmagazine.com/reviews/3084

Interview: http://www.dwacres.com/node/2289