Photos by Paolo Soriano / ECM Records (left) and Nadia Romanini (right)
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An established innovator, and, as a former Seattle resident, BF (before Frisell), mentor to an earlier generation of guitarists, Ralph Towner creates music with deep sensibility and a genuine passion for beauty. Best known as the lead composer, guitarist, and keyboardist for the enduring ensemble Oregon, a highly versatile group ranging from jazz and Third Stream improvisations to folk music, Towner has performed and recorded extensively around the world since its formation. He has also recorded as a leader and many other artists, racking up 29 releases on the respected ECM label. Towner is a prolific solo acoustic guitarist with a distinctive musical language. After critically lauded projects with trumpeter Paolo Fresu (Chiaroscuro) and with fellow guitarists Wolfgang Muthspiel and Slava Grigoryan (Travel Guide), Towner recently returned to solo guitar with his new ECM release, My Foolish Heart.
The captivating duo of pianist François Couturier and cellist Anja Lechner has also contributed to the quality of the ECM catalogue; Couturier, notably with Tunisian oud master Anouar Brahem, and Lechner with Tango master, Dino Sailluzi. Their collaborations over the past 10 years also include the Tarkovsky Quartet, celebrating the great Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky, with evocative music that somehow finds the texture of dreams and memory.