Untold Story

Anne-Liis Poll | Alistair MacDonald



Untold Story is a document of a musical partnership dating back to 2013. Drawing on live recordings of improvisations, it is clear that Poll and MacDonald are entirely comfortable with each other’s musicality. There is an uncanny, performative second sense of what the other will do in the very moment of creation. This, in essence, is what makes the music on the album so engaging. Poll’s vocal performance is part of a rich trope in much twentieth and twenty-first century art music and free jazz. At the same time, Alistair MacDonald’s laptop transformations tap into contemporary.