Produced by Bill Billiam and Charlie Ringas
with John Gzowski and Garnet Willis

  • Written Text:

  • Ivor Cutler (2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18)

  • Alan Lightman (5,7,11,15)

  • Rumi (3,9,13,17)

  • Don Van Vliet (1)

  • Bill Gilliam – prepared piano, spoken word

  • Charlie Ringas – percussion, spoken word

  • featuring:

  • Bernardo Padron – flute (tr.5,8,11,15,18)

  • John Gzowski – guitars, string dowel (tr.5,9,11,15)

Live reocrding by John Magyar at Gallery 345, Toronto, May 7, 2010
Studio recording and editing by John Gzowski, November/December 2010
Mixing and mastering by Garnet Willis at Noisetree, January 2011

Signposts is the collaboration of two composers performing on their respective instruments. Bill Gilliam playing prepared piano and Charlie Ringas on percussion, with both players handling the spoken word in dialogue form.

Based on the evocative writings of Ivor Cutler, Rumi Jelalludin, Alan Lightman and Don Van Vliet, the composers/performers use the words as an impetus to dive into the mood and character of each improvisation, trading off words and improvised sound gestures to create an intriguing fusion of poetry and music.

Each piece being its own story becomes a spontaneous micro-composition responding to the dynamic variety of each author’s words and contemplative ideas with engaging humour, with the full range of musical imaginations.