VAN'S PEPPY SYNCOPATORS
Photo: Susan Fox
VAN'S PEPPY SYNCOPATORS features the acoustic improvisations of violinist
Terri Kapsalis, guitarist John Corbett and multi-instrumentalist Hal Rammel.
Terri Kapsalis joined the freely improvising duo of Corbett and Rammel
(heard on THE DEVIL'S IN THE DETAILS) in 1992, bringing to the trio her
abilities as a writer and experience in theatre performance. Five of the
fourteen improvisations on this disc include texts written and read by
Terri Kapsalis, scripted words which interact with the instrumental improvisations
in a multitude of ways.
Scripted words and improvisation. As two distinct concepts they appear
to be antithetical. The first - hard and fast, static, unchanging. The
second - free and easy, limitless. Perhaps scripted words may be better
aligned with the musical instrument itself - both are material (black and
white, wood and strings), containing an alphabet of potential meanings
and sounds, the hollow chamber of the letter "o" or a violin's belly. Written
words can lead to a second pairing - spoken words and sound improvisation.
Through the improvised enunciation of sound and word, new discoveries are
continually made about the instrument/language's potential. Conjoining
these two and performing them for audiences, John Corbett, Hal Rammel and
I experiment with scripted word/sound improvisations in addition to our
purely instrumental endeavors.
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