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P. Y. Caplin.

(Caplin changed his name from Tony Moore / P. J. Caplin to Pazel Yacob Caplin, for deeply personal and spiritual reasons.)

education: autodidact.

P. Y. Caplin is a virtuosic composer and performer of ‘visualacousmatique’ work, electronic music, soundscapes and multi- media installations. 

For the last 4 years Caplin has concentrated purely on developing his visualacousmatique work: composing, recording and manipulating sound, producing new concepts in the recording of continuo concrete and, combining all with performance. During this time he has created his works Opus' 100 to 212 (2008) based on 112 ways of consciousness and Opus’ 300 to 421 (2010-2011) based on Judaism, the Torah and, the writings of Chiam Vital.

Caplin's work is now based purely on the electronic, Opus 501 to 523 (2012-) both within the context of solo, collaborative works and performance, using N/S Design 6-string electronic cello, Overwater Elite 6-string fretless bass gutar and continuo parts electronique.

Caplin’s stunning virtuosity on cello, double bass and bass guitar has brought him into the field of collaborative works with multi-media concepts, as for example those of, Prof Stefano Bonacci, Prof Bartolomé Ferrando, Joe Gallivan, Steve Hubback, Pete Morgan, Chris Sacker, also his continuing work with the Catalan artist Josep Vallribera whose Art Actions are seen throughout Europe.

Caplin has received enthusiastic reviews in the UK and Europe with his visual works where he combines the production of wall structures, using mixed media, with the use of pre-recorded sound objects and, solo performance.

Caplin has recorded, performed, broadcasted and exhibited in the UK, France, Spain, Scandinavia, Hungary, Yugoslavia, Cuba, Mexico and the USA, also at major festivals including International Festival (Cuba), Internacional Cervantino Festival (Mexico), Le Mans International Festival (France), Novi Sad International Festival (Serbia), Debrecen International Festival (Hungary), Groningen International Festival (Netherlands), The Venice Biennale, and many others in the UK, Europe and the USA.

During the 70's and 80's Caplin’s virtuosic ability on cello, double bass and bass guitar brought him to the attention of the leaders in British Improvised music and Jazz. Caplin has played with many contemporary musicians including Charles Austin, Derek Bailey, Gordon Beck, Elton Dean, Paul Dunmall, Joe Gallivan, Barry Guy, Alan Holdsworth, Tony Levin, Nigel Morris, Steve Noble, Tony Oxley, Evan Parker, Eddie Prévost, Keith Rowe, Paul Rutherford, Alan Skidmore, John Stevens, Pat Thomas, Keith Tippett, Kenny Wheeler, Alan Wilkinson, and many others to numerous to mention here.

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