Early Quintet Photo

Another early photo of the ensemble (circa 1979?) in performance in Toronto. We see the primary instruments are of found origins (bottles, bubble bowls, wineglasses, brandy snifters and other store boughts) with the exceptions of an early group built glass marimba (between the two players on the right) and the hard to see clear frame behind the middle player and the player to his right. That frame is a prototype of the instrument named Spring and Fall.

Spring and Fall consisted of a clear frame from which rectangular pieces of thick window glass were suspended. These flat glass gongs were then struck and the crossbar would raise and lower them into a large trough of water underneath them, bending the tones. This instrument was eventually retired because the trough held a rather large amount of water and would bulge precariously in the middle causing concern that it would eventually just open up and release its contents upon unprepared players and audience members.

 

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