Henry Kuntz & Paul V. Kuntz
DOUBLE VISION | HBD 03/CDR 13
Double Vision is the third release of music that actively attempts to extend the formal parameters of free improvisation. The first recordings were Envision New Music and Envision Ensemble Live at Berkeley Arts Festival.
The surface of this music will not feel unfamiliar, but the thinking behind it is different; the assumptions underlying it different.
Taking off from the idea of “festival form”, the music embodies a kind of meta-archetype. It is less a confluence of interests, musical or otherwise (the archetypical norm), than a confluence of Being – or beings. It moves toward a more inclusive and expansive ideal.
Double Vision follows its own idiosyncratic path toward that ideal.
DOUBLE VISION Total Time (48:23)
1. Sunflower Buttercups (14:07)
2. Bluebonnet Poppies (11:17)
3. Redwood Oaks (11:12)
4. Sagebrush Tumbleweeds (7:21) 5.Lotus Cactus (4:25)
Henry Kuntz: Mexican toy violin (Paracho), Angel soprano recorder (Korea), Two Guatemala bamboo flutes, India bamboo flute, Chinese musette, Reed horn with resonant gourd bell (Indonesia). (The 6-hole reed horn is similar to an Indian snake charmer’s flute but without a drone tube.) Paul Kuntz: piano, prepared piano, small percussion.
Recorded: 1-4: April 7, 2015; 5: April 6, 2015 Houston Texas. Recorded and mastered by Paul Kuntz. Musician photos by Paul Kuntz.
On Double Vision, Paul and I began with the concept of “festival form” as showcased by the Envision Ensemble Live at Berkeley Arts Festival. At Paul’s suggestion, we expanded the bounds of the sonic fairgrounds to include: on Bluebonnet Poppies solo music of mine from the LP Ancient of Days, Light of Glory; on Redwood Oaks duo music by myself and John Kuntz from the cassette New World Music; and on Sagebrush Tumbleweeds generic crowd noise which is always an integral part of any festival sound field.
C & P 2015 Humming Bird Records (HBD 03/CDR 13)
In addition to his musical pursuits:
Paul Vincent Kuntz is an award winning photographer whose work has been exhibited in fine art galleries internationally. His photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Museet for Fotokunst (Odense, Denmark), and in various private collections including that of the late Helmut Gernsheim (Lugano, Switzerland). Most recently, his work was featured in the photographic exhibition “The Birth of Photography – Highlights of the Gernsheim Collection” at the Reiss-Englehorn Museum in Mannheim, Germany. He is also featured in the companion book to the exhibition of the same name.
Visit Paul’s new website, with photos from “Inside Houston’s Third Ward”