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Delights and Dangers of Ambiguity (Improvisations 2017 - 2022)

by Buck Curran

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'Delights & Dangers of Ambiguity' by Buck Curran:
Improvised dissertations on dissonance & sustain (experimental, drone and modal explorations for piano and guitar).
Recorded in Bergamo, Italy in the Summer of 2017, Winter of 2019, and Summer of 2021, and in Lewiston, Maine August 2022.
Dedicated to Leonard Bernstein and Francesco Curran

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- The title of the album comes from a phrase used by Leonard Bernstein during the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures in 1973, in which he discusses the relevance of musical dissonance through the use of chromaticism: The Unanswered Question (Six talks at Harvard 1973) Lecture 4: The Delights & Dangers of Ambiguity

"A collection of oddities from Arborea’s Buck Curran traverses vast landscapes with longing and resolve. “Gemini Sun, Gemini Rising” rises from the smoking ruins with searching guitar lines and golden-hued magic from cellist Helena Espvall. The steel winds itself in intricate shapes, moving in slow motion as the light pierces the gray veil. Curran grinds through stone with stirring leads and howling drones on “Prelude in D Minor” as if he’s awaiting the executioner’s call. “Slow Air” is a lament for our mistakes, thinking of the forked paths we took along the way. This is all quite good".
-Brad Rose/Foxy Digitalis


released January 6, 2023

Buck Curran - Piano, Electric Guitars, EBow
Helena Espvall - Cello
Hiroya Miura - Piano
Jodi Pedrali - Organ and Leslie Drone
Mastered by Harris Newman
(c) 2022 Buck Curran, ASCAP (p) Arborea Music
Photo: Sunrise over Val Trebbia, Italy 2016 by Buck Curran


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Obsolete Recordings

Immortal Light is the debut solo album by guitarist-singer-songwriter Buck Curran (of the duo Arborea). Since 2005, Buck has recorded and performed around the World as one half of the alt-folk duo Arborea who has released five albums, and produced two various- artist compilations (Leaves of Life: a benefit for the World Food Program and We Are All One, In the Sun: a tribute to Robbie Basho. ... more

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