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Sonomu Magazine July 2011
Erdem Helvacioğlu & Ros Bandt, Black Falcon (Pozitif)

For their album dedicated to the endangered European black falcon and its antipodian counterpart, the fastest-diving birds ever recorded, Turkish composer and multi-instrumentalist Erdem Helvacioğlu and Australian improviser Ros Bandt travelled from Melbourne to Istanbul. Their plea is stated with conviction, often eloquently, occasionally verbosly. The opening, titular track describes elegant, soaring circles, Bandt bowing the most moving, panoramic portrait of the raptor in its element on her tarhu as Helvacioğlu scatters stardust in her wake with treated guitar and electronics. (The tarhu is a long-necked, four-stringed instrument built by luthier Peter Biffin.) The subtle, glorious restraint of the ten-minute piece, expending like the bird no more energy than necessary to achieve its breath-taking arcs, is achingly beautiful and all the more impressive for being improvised, as is the entire album.

On ”Falconer´s Knot”, Bandt plucks at her strings as if to loosen a tether and combined with the short, solo interlude ”Game Country” elicits an intimate evocation of the interaction between man and wildlife. ”Circle Aroud the Shadows”, however, is where the avantgardist lets loose much more erratically and the circles grow far more eccentric, more expressive of an agitated state of mind than one of nature. While Helvacioğlu´s atmospherics are suggestive, Bandt´s wandering all over the body of her instrument for nine and a half minutes can be distracting.

This rambling is corralled by a darkly reverberating guitar on the following ”Flow of Victory”, providing the listener steady parameters of reference. Far from being a fan of electric guitar improvisation, this reviewer still finds much more satisfaction in Helvacioğlu´s quiet cosmic solo showcase ”Moment of Delicacy”. Approachig the end, "Returning Home" ponders but also wanders, 
failing to use opportunity to remind us in any way of the theme of the recording.

Black Falcon risks dividing an audience, with aficionados of soundscaping savouring some parts and fans of avant-improv others. However, when they really come together, Bandt and Helvacioğlu speak to both with one earnest voice.

Stephen Fruitman, 08 July 2011 
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