Rothenberg/Hein/Tammen – “Bird Saw Buchla” (Clang, 2018)

“Bird Saw Buchla” is the newest release of “clang” records. Album was recorded by a trio – David Rothenberg (compositions, clarinet), Nicola L. Hein (compositions, guitar, electronics) and Hans Tammen (electronics). These three musicians are interesting, dynamic, expressive and passionate improvisers. Their music is bright, has rich and evocative musical language and splendid instrumentation. Compositions are basedon synthesis between various avant-garde and experimental jazz styles and contemporary academical music. Musicians are the masters of mixing together absolutely different and uncompairable musical decisions, styles, outrageous sounds, weird timbres and interesting sounds. Creative, artsy and dynamic combination between dozens of different musical langauge’s elements make a creative and bright mix of free improvisations, roaring and vibrant solos, spontaneous musical decisions, experimental and traditional ways of playing, standart forms and classical harmony, modernism, post-modernism, minimalism, post-expressionism, concrete, spectral, sonoristic music, electronics and electroacoustic music. This huge and wide variety of various musical language’s elements contain the main base of musical pattern and brings bright, remarkable and interesting sound.

“Bird Saw Buchla” is a place there together meets free, vibrant, expressive and turbulent improvisations, the newest tendencies of contemporary academical music, main elements of experimental jazz and traditions of 1960’s  avant-garde jazz. The music is filled and effectively illustrated with colorful, outrageous, strange and weird timbres, bright and original musical decisions, especially expressive production of emotions, timbres and sounds – these elements are just the part of their music. Subtle, effective and creative fusion of free improvisation, spontaneous and impressive solos, rapidly fast and bright passages, organic synthesis of styles – these elements gently meet together. Open form and quadratic structure, free and abstract musical pattern, passionate solos, vibrant and rapid passages, soft, relaxing and repetitive elements of minimalism, sound experiments, alterations and modifications – musicians reallyk now how to create exceptionale, effective and bright sound. The music is filled with love and passion – it’s played with impression and with pleasure to mix together different and contrasting musical language elements. The fusion between he newest tendencies of contemporary academical, experimental and academic avant-garde is heard in each composition. Each musician brings his own and unique sound, expressive and remarkable playing manner, which is mixed together with precise, brilliant and marvelous playing technique. Clarinet sounds and melodies are based on wide spectre of different elements of musical language. Improviser tries out to express wide range of emotions, senses, expressions and timbres. He concentrates in the modernisation of musical language and wants to make rich, evocative, fresh and brave sound of his improvisations. That’s the reason why David Rothenberg’s improvisations are so full of colors, senses, innovative ways of playing, hot thrills, stormy, energetic and bright episodes, turbulent improvisations or meditative, sensible, silent and relaxing pieces with repetitive rhythms, melodies and intonations. He integrates together free improvisation and the newest tendencies of experimental music. It’s made in the most gentle and impressive way – improviser does all that very subtly, creatively and tries to save the main and the most important elements of the styles, expressions and instrumentations which he fuse together. That makes an effort to bright, original, evocative and fresh sound. Guitar solos bring absolutely different colors to the compositions – Nicola L. Hein improvisations are based on free improvisation, basics of avant-garde jazz which is blended with some light intonations of bebop, hard bop, post bop, progressive and contemporary jazz and some rhythmic intonations of rock music. Free and spontaneous improvisation, search of unusual and fascinating timbres rests the main base of the compositions all the time. Improviser masterfully fuses together interesting expressions, evocative and innovative playing techniques, strange and outrageous timbres, sound experiments, modifications and alterations of timbres, sonic’s system’s experiments and many other elements of electronics and computer devices sounds. The synthesis of avant-garde jazz and other its styles, fresh and creative combination of acoustics and electronics gives marvelous and passionate sound to the album. Electronics by Hans Tammen are based on the newest technologies and brave, fresh, evocative and effective ways of playing of electronic music. Drone, glitch, sonic system sounds and its experiments, the noises of computer and electronic devices, recorded imitations of birds twittering, whistling and other similar sounds, field recordings, abstract timbres, outrageous noises and many other playing techniques are masterfully fused here in one place. The music of this album has effective and passionate sound – it connects two absolutely different styles, genres. timbres and other elements of musical language.

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