Larry Chernicoff – Gallery Of Air
Incidental Music, who gave us the remarkable reissue of Ambienti Coassiali’s Vol. 1 earlier this year, now present a repress of Larry Chernicoff’s 1984 debut album Gallery of Air, in collaboration with Chernicoff’s Windy Planet Music label.
Providing a window into one unique place on the edge of a world “cultural center”, Gallery of Air was recorded in 1983, about a decade after Chernicoff began writing music for a dance troupe in Woodstock, NY, where he worked and taught among luminaries at Creative Music Studio. It possesses and expresses the warmth, simplicity and collaborative kinetics of that place and purpose - a welcoming, engaging and gestural exhibition as much choreographed as composed. A colorful array of instruments including tuned and untuned percussion, piano, saxophone, trumpet, bassoon, Kenyan bow harp, flute, electric bass and synthesizer act as costumes for bright personalities in harmonious dialogue. A myriad genre signposts mark the listener's journey through captivating scenes, closing with the album’s namesake work, a short and sweet vibraphone and synthesizer coupling that lifts off into the world after the record is finished.