Trio CZW are improviser, composer and jazz musician Paul Cheneour (flutes) who invokes aspects of classical Indian and Persian music, composes for film and performs with—amongst others—the Zen Bicycle Band and ‘Whereness’; the British-Colombian composer Alistair Zaldua (e-violin) – whose recent work has focused on the interplay between notation and improvisation; and experimental musician Maureen Wolloshin (oboe and cor anglais) – who works between notation, improvisation, composition and performance. They describe their collaborative practice as ‘cartographism’: improvisations that are informed by graphic and text scores that can be imagined as maps and allows them to explore, traverse and uncover dynamic spaces.
Based in Canterbury, UK, Trio CZW have been active since 2019 and, as an offshoot of the Free Range Orchestra, emerged from the Free Range Experimental Music Concert Series in Canterbury, UK. Like FRO, the influences of Trio CZW comprise experimental jazz and free improvisation, live electronic music, and experimental sound poetry.
Where The Wind Takes Us is a suite of improvisations inspired by sonic paintings, graphic notation, or titles created during the covid-19 lockdown in the UK. The performances evoke the isolation and stasis the trio experienced during this period, together with the energy and enjoyment of playing together in the beautiful surroundings of St. Mary of Charity Church in Faversham, a traditional Kentish market town, close to Canterbury, where Maureen lives. The recordings were made in single takes using two ambient microphones positioned to capture the acoustic quality of the building and the natural sounds of the instruments within it.