|3. The Hawk And The Mouse|
|4. Stay, Stray|
|5. What Birds Sing|
|6. Companion: Silence|
|7. Owl Moon|
|8. Still Life With Woodpeckers|
|10. The Way Of The Pure Sound|
|12. Snow Suddenly Stopping Without Notice|
This is Marilyn Crispell's first duo release on ECM. It follows a string of acclaimed trio albums - beginning with the prizewinning 'Nothing Ever Was Anyway' in 1996, soon followed by 'Amaryllis' and 'Storyteller' and, in 2008, by the solo 'Vignettes'. However Crispell is no stranger to the duo format, and elsewhere she has recorded duos with Anthony Braxton, Iréne Schweizer, Tim Berne, Louis Moholo, Andrew Cyrille, Leroy Jenkins and many others. Crispell's goal, in playing fixed pieces or improvisations, is to play music "only from the heart" and to rule out any habitual or stylized expression: "My work on ECM has often been about allowing such musical transformations to take place. It has been the perfect label for me to develop new directions in my music."
Active as a player who has collaborated with musicians from Nils Økland to Peter Gabriel to Michelle Makarski, David Rothenberg is also well-known as an author and naturalist. His books include the best-selling "Why Birds Sing", and the titles here reflect also on the natural world. "The Hawk and the Mouse", "Owl Moon" and "Still Life with Woodpeckers" are amongst the associative titles. Rothenberg studied with Jimmy Giuffre and Joe Maneri, the two late, great, trailblazing exponents of improvising clarinet (one piece here, "The Way Of the Pure Sound" is dedicated to Maneri).
Personnel: Marilyn Crispell (piano, percussion), David Rothenberg (bass clarinet, clarinet)