Frederic Rzweski

Coming Together
Frederic Rzweski
Coming Together

'Coming Together' - a powerful, escalating time-bomb-composition that frames the writings of Sam Melville, a political prisoner who was killed by state troopers in the Attica State prison uprising in 1971, where inmates took control of the prison, as well as holding staff hostage, their foremost demand - the right to be “treated as human beings”. Hugely ambitious to attempt to realise in music the mindset and predicament of an incarcerated political activist (especially with no known personal connection?), but given the source material - a document of agonising, contemplative observations written by Melville several months before the riots - a vivid picture of personal sacrifice is painted, affording ye and me a front row seat to the most vibrant and zealous yet obviously painful period in this man's life - all emphatically realised by a squad of New York's finest - Alvin Curran, Garrett List, Jon Gibson - not to mention Rzewski himself, overseeing a remarkable blend of rough-cut cellular minimalism and ravishing, rhapsodic jazz SWAY, expanding Melville’s ideologies and cementing his fleeting, private revelations in our minds forever.

 

£18.99