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Staiano, Moe!/Moe!Kestra / An Inescapable Siren Within Earshot Distance Therein And Other Whereabouts
Album:An Inescapable Siren Within Earshot Distance Therein And Other Whereabouts Collection:General
Artist:Staiano, Moe!/Moe!Kestra Added:Dec 2006
Label:Rastascan Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2006-12-17 Pull Date:2007-02-18 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:Jan 14Jan 7Dec 31Dec 24

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 16, 2009:Memory Select
Piece No. 5 [nearly all of it]
4.May 25, 2007:Memory Select -- Moe! Staiano interview
Piece No. 5 (Part 3), Piece No. 7 (Part 1)
2.Sep 19, 2007:Day of Difficulty
Piece No. 7 (Part 3)
5.May 18, 2007:Memory Select
Piece No. 7 (Part 3) [played during & after the Concert Calendar]
3.May 30, 2007:Baptism of Solitude
Piece No. 7 (Part 3)
6.Jan 12, 2007:Memory Select
Piece No. 5 [all 3 parts]

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2006-12-11 
Two different-sounding pieces for large bands. The pieces are composed (more like storyboarded), and conducted by Moe!, but there's a lot of improvisation happening between the lines. Great stuff, capable of vicious noise and restrained calm.

PIECE NO. 7 (tracks 1-3) : Mostly strings and a mass of guitars played like a synched-up swarm of bees. Starts surprisingly serene in a type of drone/minimalism, boiling into a bigger, louder third movement.

1- Falling-bomb strings and a gradually building rumble, quiet but ominous
2- Ghostly howling of wine glasses being rubbed (literally). Serene. Strings in the last 3 minutes: Stately and gentle, later tense and foreboding.
3- Rumbling drone of low strings that lurches through changes in tone, like an angry sea. Last 2 minutes get chaotic, with sirens

PIECE No. 5 (tracks 4-6) : Uses a more "traditional" jazz/improv lineup dominated by lots of horns. Also guitars, strings, and a drum kit: 33 players in all.

4- Slow, grand feel. A building frenzy stops dead after 4 minutes, into a zen/Asian call-and-response, then a calming drone broken by fierce percussion spurts. Quiet end.
5- Big blast o' noise, after skronky horn intro
6- Steady rock beat, with dissonant horns playing a goofy kind of march. Then a chaotic haze of noise that ends abruptly.

Track Listing
1.Piece No. 7 (Part 1) 4.Piece No. 5 (Part 1)
2.Piece No. 7 (Part 2) 5.Piece No. 5 (Part 2)
3.Piece No. 7 (Part 3) 6.Piece No. 5 (Part 3)