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Edward Chilvers is passionate about polyrhythms (try his TEDx Talk ‘The Future is Polyrhythmy’). Whether he has taken this to ‘new levels of complexity’ as the liner notes claim, his music is undeniably intriguing and involving. The detailed booklet includes music examples and explains the rhythmic structures. Chilvers’ music is tonal or modal: the Lydian mode second Etude (‘Innocence-Knowing’) finds droplets of sound interlacing with slower phrases. The artist Jennifer Leach’s booklet notes aptly refer to a ‘complex simplicity’. Fascinating resonances abound: No 3 seeks out Debussy but also references Wagner. The watery No 5 plays with bitonality, while the composed chaos of No 12 is involving. All are superbly played by the composer, and caught in stunning sound. An important release.

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