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Chris Corsano and Michael Flower by Hrvoje Goluza
Chris Corsano and Michael Flower. Photo by Hrvoje Goluza.

Formed in 2005, the duo melds the propane-lit, overdriven drone-ragas of Michael Flower’s (Vibracathedral Orchestra, MV & EE, Sunburned Hand of the Man) electrified shahi baaja and the melodically kinetic and free drumming of Chris Corsano (Paul Flaherty, Joe McPhee, Rangda, Bjork). In the years since their debut album The Radiant Mirror (Textile, 2007), they have toured and recorded frequently, expanding their range to include a mind-boggling array of free sound with seamless shifts between tumultuous intensity and blissed-out serenity.

OK, so Flower/Corsano don’t build their music from advanced mathematics, more the intuitive logic of friendship and honed improvising skills; nor, I don’t think, are they intending to cause waking dreams or hallucinations. But those who witness one of their performances, at which Flower pulls endless solos from a strange long instrument with typewriter keys that perches incongruously on an ironing board, while Corsano manipulates kit, gongs, bells and junk like a one-man gamelan ensemble, frequently leave feeling a little unusual, certainly monopolized, transformed, wide-eyed with the thrill of having been pulled upward to a place of high-volume, perpetually mobile percussion and strings and left there for a bit longer than is normal. – Frances May Morgan, The Quietus