James Rushford: Turzets

Album cover of James Rushford, Turzets.
April 2024

Release Date: April 5, 2024.

The latest in a prolific string of solo and collaborative releases by James Rushford, Turzets collects a pair of new works primarily created and recorded last year while the Australian composer-performer was in residence at La Becque, an art center on Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The side-length piece “Fallaway Whisk” explores hesitation in its many forms—reticence of speech, sonic restraint—using live, abstracted translations of text from English to German against a lush and swelling soundscape. On the flip side, “Quire” is a work in ten movements influenced by the composer’s study of late medieval repertoire on portative organ, weaving the instrument’s woodsy interlocking melodies with angelic Yamaha CS-80 synth sweeps and stuttering glitches. The combined effort is somewhat a departure for Rushford, working in traces of Klaus Schulze, concrete poetry, and ars subtilior into a precise and ever-unfolding tapestry.

James Rushford is an Australian composer-performer whose work draws from a range of collagist and improvisatory musical languages and investigates the creases, cracks, and folds in traditions ranging from early music to New Age. His concerts subtly exaggerate their seemingly liminal aspects, such as atmosphere and the bodily presence of the performer, until these take on weight equal to that of the musical elements such as pitch, rhythm, and timbre. In Rushford’s long-standing practices on piano, synthesizer,  electroacoustic devices, and portative organ, he brings to each instrument a delicate touch and a harmonic sensibility in which unorthodox tunings coexist with influences from fin-de-siècle Impressionism, the twentieth-century avant-garde, and the structures of popular music. He has worked with a vast range artists including Klaus Lang, Annea Lockwood, David Behrman, Tashi Wada, Haroon Mirza, Dennis Cooper, Ora Clementi, crys cole, Oren Ambarchi, Kassel Jaeger, Will Guthrie, and Graham Lambkin. He has performed as Golden Fur (with Sam Dunscombe and Judith Hamann) and Food Court (with Joe Talia and Francis Plagne)

Composed and recorded in 2022 by James Rushford at La Becque | Résidence d'artistes

Cover image: Greg Parma Smith, Banner Union in Love's Dimensions (2019) courtesy David Lewis Gallery

Thanks to La Becque Residence d'artistes, Anorak e. V, Bernadette Pack, Rebecca Lane, Steven Eckler.

Mixed and Mastered by Stephan Mathieu at Schwebung Mastering

Designed by Alec Mapes-Frances