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  • convergence – live – bennifer editions

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    Edition of 200 “CONVERGENCE was formed in 1976 as an appendage to the Humber College Ensemble for Experimental Music. “Written” music for this ensemble was scarce and consequently improvisational sessions became more frequent. About this time, the Music Gallery had been expanding to allow many new groups the opportunity of performing. I then decided to take a core of the most interested students and give a concert at the Gallery. Our first few concerts had a somewhat haphazard and random mix of students, some of whom didn’t quite get the notion of free improv. Eventually I decided on a quintet with the best of the student improvisers. I also felt that a quintet was ideal for this idiom. I never really concerned myself with what instruments they played, but rather the spirit and creativity they had toward rehearsing and performing. So CONVERGENCE’S instrumentation became trumpet, trombone, piano, and percussion (including home-made instruments and toy instruments). It remained that way until we disbanded around 1980. CONVERGENCE’S sound is a zone somewhere between The boundaries of avant-garde jazz and free-form contemporary classical music”. MSH

    This record was recorded Live at the Music Gallery Sept 18, 1979. Mastered and sequenced by Michael S. Horwood. Record Jacket is Screenprinted 4 colors, with 2 color spine and 2 inserts.


  • william ashley cooper – the collected works – bennifer editions

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    William Ashley Cooper was a draftsman by trade. He represented another in a long line of accomplished musician-composers who preferred working on his own without the encumbrances of outside forces such as reviewers, publishers and promoters. While he took instrument lessons (piano and accordion) as a young man, his training in music theory and history was primarily self-taught. He knew a vast amount of popular music, Christmas music, jazz standards, and classical compositions. In that area he was keenly aware of the avant-garde and other contemporary directions the classical music scene took throughout the 20th century. This wide bank of knowledge certainly accrued by way of his extensive record collection and personal reading. As a kind of Renaissance man, he lovingly followed his other hobbies: amusement parks, historical mansions, home and industrial architecture, and inter-urban rail systems. Additionally, he was fascinated by theological issues and ideas of various faiths.

    Cooper died in March, 2003, at age 59 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. This 2 Lp set is a memorial tribute to his remarkably gifted twin talents of composition and performance. Included are the complete set of three Phantasie Impromptus, four Incantations and lengthy passages from his two continuing works that came out in installments as it were, Mix of the Month and the Book of Floating Music. Also featured are the Introduction from his magnum opus, Ashley: My Dear, a clever take on I’ve Been Workin’ on the Railroad and short passages of William Ashley Cooper speaking about music and his works. A must-have for all lovers and collectors of out-of-the-way electronica and keyboard aficionados.
    The Collected Works Of William Ashley Cooper was compiled & funded entirely by his friend, fellow composer and roller coaster enthusiast, Michael S. Horwood. Recordings date from 1972 – 2001. Beniffer Editions is jubilant to publish the one and only Cooper release. Edition of 300 copies, double LP comes in a five colour screenprinted gussetted 2xLP jacket with essay on the artist by M.S Horwood.


  • part wild horses mane on both sides / aulos’ second reed – bennifer editions

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    PASCAL NICHOLS and KELLY-JAYNE JONES have gone outside of themselves and become a whole listening unit with a singular pulse. Made with what appears at first to be a two-person small Gakaku-style setup, the elegant A-Side meditates with occasional tympani and flute call-and-response that seems sourced from a hundred years ago. Treated field recordings add a sense of authenticity to the ceremonial experience. The patient and expertly conceived B-Side focuses more on collage, sounding like a creaking vessel that does not want to dock. Screen-printed four-color jacket, with card poetry insert. White vinyl. Edition of 300.