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Mark Feldman: What Exit

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One of the more striking features of “Arcade,” the opening track on What Exit, is that in nearly 23 minutes it neither drags nor presents itself as a piece with clearly defined sections or movements. As Anders Jormin opens the piece with a bass solo-played over Tom Rainey’s rolling cymbals and Feldman’s aggressive violin bowing-pianist John Taylor begins playing changes beneath him, which flow into a violin spotlight and, later, group interaction. Even in moments where notes decay into silence, Feldman and his group create anticipation for what comes next.

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