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Formed in 1965, AMM remains committed to an aesthetic of total improvisation. Past members and guest players have included Cornelius Cardew, Keith Rowe, Evan Parker and Christian Wolff, though the basic line-up since 2005 has been the duo of co-founder Eddie Prévost and pianist John Tilbury (perhaps better known as an outstanding performer of composers such as Cage and Feldman), who joined AMM in 1980.

Two London Concerts begins with Tilbury’s arm striking the keyboard, an action he repeats several times during the opening minutes. Such overt drama is uncharacteristic, since much of the subsequent musical dialogue is intensely quiet, scraps of sound that hang in the silence. Tilbury is a spare improviser, adhering to a spartan beauty, while Prévost generates an astonishing variety of shimmering percussive timbres, some so strange they almost confound language – can metal yelp, or a sigh shine?

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