Robert Dick

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Krentz Ratings:
Whispers and Landings (1980), 5.5/10
The Other Flute (1984), 5.5/10
Venturi Shadows (1989), 7/10
Tambastics (1992), 5.5/10
Third Stone From the Sun (1993), 5.5/10
Worlds of If (1994), 6/10
Irrefragable Dreams (1994), 6.5/10
Jazz Standards on Mars (1997), 5.5/10
Aurealis (1997), 5/10
@ (2001), 5.5/10
Photosphere (2004), 5.5/10
Gossip Cats are Dancing (2009), 5/10
Flutes and Voices (2010), 6.5/10
The Galilean Moons (2012), 6/10
Raise the River (2015), 5/10
Startling Stories (2016), 5.5/10
Our Cells Know (2016), 5.5/10
Are There? (2017), 5.5/10
The Damn THINK (2017), 5/10
Solar Wind (2018), 5/10

White flutist Robert Dick, who had debuted with Whispers And Landings (june 1980) and The Other Flute (september 1984), explored extended techniques at the instrument on Venturi Shadows (april 1989) and Worlds Of If (february 1994), and applied them to a surreal kind of chamber music in the duets with violinist Mari Kimura of Irrefragable Dreams (august 1994).

After a few albums with Ned Rothenberg's New Winds, Dick also formed Tambastics (january 1992) with pianist Denman Maroney, bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Gerry Hemingway.

In between he envisioned an odd Jimi Hendrix tribute, Third Stone From The Sun: (january 1993), featuring a string quintet, bass and drums.

Later he recorded a collaboration with the Soldier String Quartet, Jazz Standards On Mars (february 1996), Aurealis (july 1996), featuring duets with pianist John Wolf Brennan and bassist Daniele Patumi, and a live duet with pianist Ursel Schlicht, Photosphere (january 2004).

@ (november 2001) was a trio with Uli Johannes Kieckbusch (piano) and Alfred Zimmerlin (cello).

Flutes and Voices (Mutable, 2010) was a collaboration with vocalist Thomas Buckner.

The four-movement The Galilean Moons (premiered in july 2012) was another collaboration with his wife Ursel Schlicht.

Startling Stories (North/South Consonance, 2016) was a collaboration with Cynthia Folio and Sylvan Winds, also featuring Alexandra Knoll on oboe, Amy Zoloto on clarinet, Svjetlana Kabalin on flute, Thomas Sefcovic on bassoon, and Zohar Schondorf on horn.

Gossip Cats Are Dancing (premiered in april 2009) was a collaboration with a flute trio.

Robert Dick's solo Our Cells Know (february 2016) contains six lengthy pieces full of sound effects.

Raise The River (february 2015) documents improvisations with percussionist Tiffany Chang.

Are There? (Mulatta, 2017) collects duets by Dick on piccolo, alto & bass flutes & home-made flute and German Ulrike Lentz on piccolo, flutes & flute-tubes.

Solar Wind (september 2018) contains improvisations with Joelle Leandre (contrabass & voice) and Miya Masaoka (koto, percussion).

The Damn THINK (december 2017) was a collaboration with guitarist Adam Caine.

Laugh And Lie Down (november 2019) documents a live concert by Robert Dick on glissando & bass flutes & piccolo and Dan Blake on soprano sax.

Structures Of Unreason (february 2020) documents a collaboration between Robert Dick (glissando and bass flute, piccolo) and German guitarist, composer and sound artist Nicola Hein (electric guitar, electronics).

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