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Adapting and responding to circumstance and surrounding. Taking up the urgent challenge of the now and leaping into the swirling maybe with all ears open. Making the best of a situation unforseen.

We were in Italy for a short tour with the CARTOON trio. At the very last moment our third member, percussionist Roger Turner, was taken ill and couldn't make the flight. Upon arrival at the venue we put our heads together with the promoter and it was decided: rather than finding another drummer, we should go on as a duo. This recording is the result: two musicians, in a challenging circumstance, reacting and creating in the moment. The first time we'd worked in this configuration, no third voice, no tunes or starting points, before a full house in another part of the world. This is the sound of adaptability and invention.

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released March 17, 2020

John Pope: Double Bass
Chris Biscoe: Alto Saxophone, Alto Clarinet

Performed and recorded at Area Sismica in Forli, Italy. 2018.
Sound Mix by Gionni Gardini and Matteo Valla.
Recorded by Ariele Monti.
Mixing, Mastering and Artwork by John Pope.

All pieces composed in-the-moment by John Pope and Chris Biscoe.

Thanks to Ariele Monti and the Area Sismica team, Cristian Filippelli, Andrea Mambelli, Mauro Stocco, Roger Turner.

John Pope: www.johnpopebass.co.uk
Chris Biscoe: www.chrisbiscoe.co.uk

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John Pope Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK

Improviser and composer based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Funnels a lifelong engagement with jazz, funk, rock music, pop-culture and mysticism through the cracked vessel of the free improviser.

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