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Zero Sum World ★★★★ Whirl­wind

For­mer physics scholar Ant Law is in­ter­ested in what you might call the quan­tum me­chan­ics of mu­sic. The ti­tle of the Scot­tish gui­tarist’s sec­ond re­lease as a lead per­former is a ref­er­ence to the math­e­mat­i­cal idea that in or­der for some­one to win, some­one else has to lose, and his tunes ex­plore the neb­u­lous, nu­anced world of polyrhythm and ex­tended har­mony. Law even tunes his gui­tar dif­fer­ently from most other play­ers, and has writ­ten a book on the sub­ject. But if all that sug­gests mu­sic that is dry or aca­demic, there’s noth­ing aca­demic about the re­sults. Law’s com­po­si­tions strike that hard-to-find bal­ance be­tween tricky and catchy, and the play­ers he has cho­sen, par­tic­u­larly the ris­ing pi­anist Ivo Neame, are the sort of mu­si­cians who will­ingly em­brace the fuzzy logic of im­pro­vi­sa­tion. ant­

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