Phil Minton: Voice / Vocal
Veryan Weston: Piano
Recorded 1987 and 1992 at Porcupine Studios, London.
Phil Minton's singing is unique. After lingering coolly over a Franz Schubert tune, he'll set out into areas of pure 'auditive poetry'. And why does this happen without any perceivable break? Because the boundary between representational and non-representational art (or semantic and non-semantic poetry) is not clearly defined, but there's a broad range of gradual transition in between. In an emotionally charged situation, everybody will express or divest themselves (intended or not) by creating remarkably distinctive sounds which can definitely be described as 'musical'. These forms of expression evoke a pre-Babylonian world where people not simply understand, but truly grasp each other in an extremely artistic and sophisticated way. To appreciate this, however, we still need the ability to listen, as this is no food for the obstinate or boarded-up soul. Another fortuitous circumstance is the fact that Veryan Weston, one of the great pianists of our time, joins Phil Minton on his vocal excursions. Apart from self-written songs, they interpret works by Dolphy, Schubert, Elvis Presley and Charles Yves.