ICEBREAKER – Rogue's Gallery . CD
ICEBREAKER – Rogue's Gallery . CD


ICEBREAKER – Rogue's Gallery . CD

These five works by five contemporary composers (including Andriessen and Icebreaker musical director John Godfrey) possess an intensity and drive that can make the works of Reich and Glass seem almost new age by comparison; Rogue's Gallery is indeed minimalism with muscle (helped along by electric bass, guitar, and keyboards), seemingly designed to jerk the listener out of a trance rather than provoke one. There's a bit of a rock attitude (horrors!) here, the same kind of feeling Heiner Goebbels has brought to some of his chamber works, or even that can be heard in the dark avant-prog of Belgium's Univers Zero and Art Zoyd. For sheer bludgeoning, madness-inducing repetition, the album reaches an apex of sorts with the nearly 23-minute live version of Andriessen's "Hoketus," which carries the concept of hocketing -- chords and notes tossed back and forth between two instrumental groupings at a fast tempo -- to a nearly ridiculous extreme. Perhaps not the best track on Rogue's Gallery, but certainly impressive, in a head-banging yet arty sort of way.

  • Accordion – Tracey Goldsmith
  • Artwork [Image] – Douglas Fisher
  • Baritone Saxophone – Melanie Bush
  • Bass Guitar – Pete Wilson
  • Design – Anthony Pritchard
  • Guitar – James Woodrow
  • Panpipes, Flute – James Poke, Katherine Pendry
  • Percussion – Robert Millett
  • Saxophone [All Other], Clarinet – Richard Craig
  • Soprano Saxophone – Bradley Grant

Directed by [Artistic Director] – James Poke
Directed by [Musical Director] – John Godfrey
Music Librarian – Mel
Photography by James Poke, Valerie Phillips
Producer, Engineer – Damian Le Gassick

  1. Vanada . 13:08
  2. Cheating, Lying, Stealing . 10:50
  3. Shoulder To Shoulder . 11:23
  4. Euthanasia And Garden Implements . 13:14
  5. Hoketus (Live) . 22:49

1997 Ⓟ Felmay Fy 7002 . Italy