Rhodri Davies — Pedwar (Alt.Vinyl)
Most listeners familiar with the work of Rhodri Davies likely encountered him first on some marvelous records in the company of IST, a bewitching trio which found the Welsh harpist in the company of bassist Simon H. Fell and cellist Mark Wastell. Performing on their own or in the company of figures like Derek Bailey, the group’s unusual instrumentation and increasing focus on dynamic restraint were widely remarked. Davies’ own transformations have found him not only expanding the instrumental language of his instrument — something he’s done with consistently surprising, impressive effects — but participating increasingly in electro-acoustic improvisation. His has been one of the most interesting arcs of development since the late 1990s, and he’s chronicled some important moments therein on four solo recordings now collected on Pedwar by Alt.Vinyl.