Longleash – “Passage” (New Focus Recordings, 2017)

“Passage” is one of the newest release of “New Focus Recordings” which was released last month. The compositions by various contemporary music composers are recorded in this album by chamber ensemble “Longleash”. This ensemble members are talented and creative musicians – Pala Garcia (violin), John Popham (cello) and Renate Rohlfing (piano). Each musician of this trio has original and individual playing style. Different styles, creative and modern musical decisions, innovative and interesting performing of contemporary academical music compositions are the main reasons why this trio had became famous ensemble. The most part of their compositions are written by talented and inventive young composers. Their playing is adventurous, bright, versatile and interesting.

This album compositions were written by several composers – Christopher Trapani, Clara Iannota, Yukiko Watanabe, Juan de Dios Magdaleno and Francesco Filidei. All compositions are dedicated for chamber ensemble and have original and extraordinary sound. Each composition is based on different and unique composing style, colorful and dynamic sound and various musical expressions. Neoromantism, post-romantism, modernism and academic avant-garde styles are organically and masterfully combined together in one composition. The musical pattern is very lively, colorful and dynamic, based on sudden and unpredictable changes of moods and characters. Silent, soft and quiet solos are fused with bursts of energy, wild fast solos, virtuosic pasages, sharp and aggressive harmony and dynamic rhythmic. The composers reveal  and demonstrate their original and unique musical language and composing style. Innovative and modern instrumentation is the main element of all compositions. Each composer is using wide range of different playing techniques – traditional instrumentation techniques such as glissando, arpeggio, pizzicato are mixed together with new and extraordinary ways of playing. The variety of composing techniques also is very wide and based on different techniques. Serialism, atonality, tonality, puantilism, high variety of concepts and contrasts and other modern composing techniques are used together in these compositions. Composers improve traditional and very well-known composing techniques and mix them with their own composing style, integrate it to their individual musical language. Each composition has very rich and bright musical language, modern and dynamic expressions and is full of concepts. Absolutely different moods and episodes are masterfully combined together. Exotic, adventurous, dramatic and expressive solos filled with colorful and playful riffs suddenly turns out to lyric, sad, depressive or calm episodes with their own and independent melodies. The melodies and rhythmic basement are the main elements of the compositions. Colorful and dynamic background which is contained of various unusual timbres and strange sounds, imitations of nature sounds and other elements make these compositions to sound even more effective and interesting. “Longleash” ensemble musicians had played all compositions of this album splendidly and expressive. Precisely, professional, colorful and emotional playing, own and individual composing styles of various composers, innovative and extraordinary musical decisions had made interesting sound of this album compositions.


Psithurism Trio with Xavier Charles – “LURE” (Sound Out Recordings, 2017)

“LURE” is a few months released experimental music album which was released by “Sound Out Recordings”. Album was recorded by a group of talented experimental music musicians ensemble “Psithurism Trio” which members are Rhys Butler (alto saxophone), Richard Johnson (soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, bird calls, prepared drum mute) and John Porter (tenor saxophone). Along with these musicians clarinetist Xavier Charles also play in these compositions. These four musicians hadn’t played together any time before. All of them are interesting and creative experimenters. Each of them have original and unique playing manner and sound. “Psithurism Trio” music is based on contemporary academical, experimental music and avant-garde jazz improvisations synthesis. They had been improvising as a trio for a long time. Own and unique style of each trio member is combined and masterfully fused together in one composition. Their compositions usually have extraordinary, strange and interesting sound. Xavier Charles is a French clarinetist whose music has a very wide range – from electronics and electro-acoustic compositions, avant-garde jazz improvisations to sound poetry, experimental music and various styles of contemporary academical music. He is concerting at many jazz and contemporary music festivals in France and abroad countries. Xavier Charles had been playing together with various famous musicians such as Martin Tetrault, Ingar Zach, The Ex, Axel Dorner, “Dans Les Arbres”, “Oule -Dire”, “Chris Burn Ensemble” and many others.

The compositions of the album are very interesting and extraordinary. They are based on free form, collective improvisations and sound experiments. Compositions don’t have any melodic or rhythmic basement – all music elements are connected free, unusual and form a polyphonic musical pattern and form. Subtle, lyric sound sometimes gets to dramatic and emotional, but most of the time it changes to aggressive, depressive or soft sound. Free and lyric saxophone and clarinet solos gently fits together with bird calls and prepared drums rhythms. The mood of these compositions is very calm, relaxing and silent. The musical pattern is based on separate sounds, short melodic episodes which have no connection with each other, repetitive rhythmic and melodic elements. The main attention is payed for extraordinary and unusual sound creation. The musicians are experimenting on sounds, rhythms and especially – innovative playing techniques. The high number of unusual, original and innovative playing techniques is the main and the most important part of the compositions. Musicians expand the instruments technical abilities and the comfort zone of usual and traditional sound. Unusual and weird timbres, colorful melodic episodes illustrated with bird calls are the main elements which help the musicians to create original and extraordinary sound. This album is quite different from others – its compositions don’t have powerful and loud blow-outs, dynamic change of the moods, memorable and charming melodies and many other elements, but it certainly has original, unheard and extraordinary sound.


Large Unit – “Fluku” (PNL Records)

“Fluku” is the newest avant-garde jazz album released by “PNL Records” only a few days ago – on October 13. The album was recorded by famous improvisers ensemble “Large Unit” which is formed of many original and innovative jazz masters – Julie Kjær (alto saxophone, flute), Klaus Ellerhusen Holm (Bb clarinet, alto and baritone saxophone), Kristoffer Berre Alberts – (alto and tenor saxophone), Thomas Johansson  (trumpet), Mats Äleklint  (trombone), Per Åke Holmlander (tuba), Ketil Gutvik (electric guitar), Tommi Keränen (electronics), Jon Rune Strøm (electric and double bass), Christian Meaas Svendsen (electric and double bass), Andreas Wildhagen (drums and percussion), Paal Nilssen-Love (drums and percussion) and Christian Brynildsen Obermayer (live sound). “Large Unit” ensemble music is dynamic, adventurous, bright, colorful and innovative. Many different music styles and genres are masterfully fused together in their compositions. The part of the most famous talented jazz masters are the members of this ensemble. Their inventive and modern experiments, unusual and stunning musical decisions, free and expressive improvising had made this ensemble one of the most famous and interesting avant-garde jazz ensemble on avant-garde jazz scene.

The music of this album has extraordinary and original sound. Wide range of various musical expressions, acoustic and electronic instruments, other music elements and playing techniques are the main elements of these compositions. The musical pattern of all compositions is made of various music styles and genres synthesis – avant-garde jazz, bebop, post-bop, some of traditional jazz elements, afro-american music intonations, various rock and experimental music styles and many other elements are essentially combined together in one composition. Expressive and aggressive, very sharp or silent and soft – acoustic instruments solos are very dynamic and effective pieces of this album. These solos are mixed with electronics, live sounds and electro-acoustic instruments. The combination between these absolutely different elements make original and extraordinary sound. Sharp and dissonance chords, long and separate sounds, dynamic and variable rhythmic, expressive and interesting solos, repetitive melodic and rhythmic elements, high variety of percussion instruments are the main and most important elements which form the musical pattern. The musicians also like to experiment – innovative and interesting musical experiments give colorful and versatile sound to the album. Extended playing techniques, traditional and innovative ways of playing extract and produce wide range of unusual sounds and timbres. The musicians are creating interesting and dynamic sound which is based on contrasts and concepts – joyful, playful and emotional episodes are connected with sharp, aggressive, loud and powerful collective improvisations which are the most effective episodes of the album. There also are some calm and subtle episodes with soft and slow solos and lyrical mood. All these episodes gently fit rogether with collective improvisations which are the most effective and important places of the album. The musicians demonstrate their own and unique playing style, free and adventurous improvising, expressive and vital solos and create dynamic sound. Wide range of playing techniques, musial expresions, characters and moods, masterful and outstanding improvising of talented and experienced jazz masters create original, dynamic and interesting sound of this album compositions.

Dover Quartet – “Voices of Defiance” (Cedille Records, 2017)

Voices of Defiance

“Voices of Defiance” is the newest album released by “Cedille Records” on October 13. Album was recorded by one of “Dover Quartet”. The “Dover Quartet” was formed only a few years ago. This quartet members are young, talented and inventive musicians – Joel Link (violin), Bryan Lee (violin), Milena Pajaro – Van den Stadt (viola) and Camden Shaw (cello). The most part of music the quartet plays is the chamber compositions written by famous 20th century composers. Expressive, precisely, bright and outstanding playing, various playing techniques combining in one composition, original musical decisions are the main elements of this quartet music. Since it was formed in 2013, the quartet had became famous and one of the best quartets in the world because of dynamic, extraordinary and original playing, deep and bright interpretations of famous composers compositions.

Album music has original and expressive sound. The compositions by three famous 20th century composers are recorded in this album – Viktor Ullmann “String Quartet No.3 Op.46”, Dmitri Shostakovich “String Quartet No.2 in A major, Op. 68” and Szymon Laks “String Quartet No.3”. All these compositions are based on different music styles and elements. Viktor Ullmann’s composition is formed of polyphonic musical pattern. Many different playing techniques using create colorful and dynamic instrumentation. Modern and extraordinary musical language is the main element of Victor Ullmann composing style – he masterfully combined post-romantism, serialism, romantism and 20th century music styles and composing techniques in this quartet.

“String Quartet No.2 in A major, Op. 68” by Dmitri Shostakovich is especially emotional and dynamic. The high variety of moods and characters are connected together in this composition. This music is always changing – from aggressive, provocative and sharp it turns to soft, emotional and dramatic or very silent and calm. Various post-romantic, modernism music, atonality and tonality, serialism and other composing techniques are combined in these compositions. The wide range of moods and colors is created by using many extended and modern playing techniques. The music language is very dynamic, full of different musical expressions and playing techniques which help to express various moods of compositions. Lively, joyful or very solemn and deep – this music is very interesting and based on inventive musical decisions. There’s also are heard many tragic and dramatic episodes which are effectively and essentially connected with energetic and joyful ones.

Szymon Laks “String Quartet No.3” also is very emotional and dramatic composition. Lyricism, tragic and ecstasy moods are connected together in this composition. Rich and bright musical language of the composer is full of Poland folk melodies, post-romantic music elements, which are mixed together with atonality, tonality, serialism and other composing techniques of modernism. The main mood of the compositions is lyricism which mostly is expressed by dramatic violin solos, long and screaming separate sounds, slow and quiet melodies and other elements. The lyricism is combined with energetic and joyful solos which are heard very much in these compositions. Vital, versatile, expressive and dynamic episodes are full of arpeggios, pizzicato, glissando and other modern playing techniques. Masterfully and essentially combination of wide range of moods, characters, musical expressions and playing techniques create effective and colorful sound of this composition.

The compositions by all three composers are based on traditional form, polyphonic musical pattern, individual and independent melodies, rich and modern musical language and wide range of moods. “Dover Quartet” interpretations of these compositions were played splendidly and masterfully. They had demonstrated their own and unique playing style, extraordinary and original musical decisions and create unusual and modern sound of famous 20th century composers compositions.

Steve Rouse – “Morphic Resonance” (Ravello Records, 2017)

“Morphic Resonance” is recently released contemporary academic music album released by “Ravello Records” and “PARMA Recordings”. The compositions by American composer Steve Rouse were recorded in this album. Steve Rouse is a composer which have original and unique composing style. His compositions are mostly dedicated for various chamber ensembles, solo instruments and percussion and other unusual combinations of the instruments. Since the beginning of the musical career he had created and masterfully improved his very own and unique musical language and composing style. He uses the elements of absolutely different music styles and genres masterfully combines all different music intonations to one composition. The music by Steve Rouse is dynamic, energetic and versatile.

The music of this album has interesting and original sound. Steve Rouse’s compositions set consists of part of the best compositions which he had created. The compositions were written for various chamber ensembles or duets – it’s “Sonata For Violin And Piano”, “Form Fades” for chamber ensemble, “Nevolution” for corno da caccia and piano and “Ten Little Things” for clarinet and percussion. The music of these compositions is based on many different music styles and elements, but contemporary academical music is the basic of the compositions. Various dances, film music, experimental, electronics, modern and traditional jazz styles, free improvisations and many other music styles are masterfully connected together in these compositions. The compositions are very dynamic and based on concepts. Aggressive, energetic, provocative and expressive episodes suddenly turn to steady, festive, soft or relaxing solos by various instruments. Each compositions has a similar structure – it’s usually based on polyphonic structure and free form, interesting and colorful harmony which is mostly contained of sharp and aggressive dissonances and innovative instrumentation. The composer use high number of different playing techniques – he masterfully combines together glissando, monotonic rhythmic beats, pasages, virtuosic arpeggios, pizzicatos, sharp and loud chords, many other elements of traditional music language with innovative ways of playing. Extended and modern playing techniques are used to extract unusual timbres and create extraordinary and vital sound. Because of that, the music is full of unpredictable stylistic waves, sudden changes, colorful and expressive solos and many other elements. Steve Rouse music has rich and bright sound, express different moods and characters and is full of stunning musical decisions. Various composing techniques of contemporary academical music such as atonality, minimalism, serialism, dodecaphony, free improvisation are essentially mixed together in these compositions. Colorful and expressive solos, wide range of musical language elements, interesting instrumentation, own and unique Steve Rouse composing style create original and vital sound of this album.

Ben Reimer – “Katana of Choice” (Redshift Music, 2017)

“Katana of Choice” is the newest release by “Redshift Music”. The album was released last month and the compositions by various contemporary music composers there recorded here. The compositions were written or arranged for drummer Ben Reimer. Ben Reimer is and interesting and extraordinary drummer which had create and improved essential, expressive and dynamic playing style. He mostly play the music written by various contemporary music composers for solo drum set. To create extraordinary sounds and timbres, create adventurous and bright sound and reveal the main idea of the compositions are the main elements there Ben Reimer pay the highest attention. The music he plays is always interesting, extraordinary, vital and dynamic.

The music of this album is extraordinary and modern. The compositions of the album were written by John Psathas, Nicole Lizée, Lukas Ligeti and Eliot Britton.  Drummer Ben Reimer exploring new sounds and forms of music. He tries to create innovative and adventurous sound. The compositions of this album are based on many different playing techniques and music styles. Polyphonic musical pattern is formed of numerous drum playing techniques – there are traditional ones masterfully and outstandingly connected with innovative and modern ways of playing. The composers use wide range of playing techniques to extract new sounds, unusual timbres and express different moods and characters of compositions. From silent and quiet episodes with static, monotonic or festive rhythms this music suddenly turns to energetic, wild fast and loud drum rolls, virtuosic and powerful solos who are very energetic and vital. These episodes are the most interesting pieces of the album – the especially big variety of playing techniques, unusual timbres and sounds are revealed and demonstrated by original and expressive Ben Reimer’s playing. He had been creating his own and unique playing style since the beginning of his musical career. Innovative and modern musical decisions, extraordinary and interesting musical experiments of music form, harmony and especially drum set playing techniques was the main element of his compositions. Adventurous and stunning musical decisions, high variety of moods and characters also are the most important element of this album.  Own and unique composing style of talented composers, inventive composing ideas and interesting musical experiments make colorful, dynamic and vital sound of this album compositions.

en en en – “Grønn & Gul” (Particular Recordings Collective, 2017)

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“Grønn & Gul” is an avant-garde jazz album released by “Paticular Recordings Collective” this year. The album was recorded on 2016, by three original and interesting avant-garde jazz musicians of Norway scene – it’s Eirik Hegdal (saxophones / clarinets), Michael Francis Duch (double bass) and Tor Haugerud (drums / percussion / glockenspiel). All musicians of the trio are interesting and creative avant-garde jazz masters. They try to expand the technical abilities of their instruments and create extraordinary and innovative sound. Their improvisations have much in common with famous avant-garde jazz legends such as Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, Jimmy Giuffre and many others. The improvisations are based on combination of different and unusual music timbres, separate and interesting tones, dynamic and modern harmony and many other music elements. Original and unique playing style by each trio member also bring extraordinary and unpredictable sound to the compositions.

The album music is very dynamic and lively. Trio improvisations are mostly based on collective improvisations and sound experiments. The combination between various musical expressions, electronics, acoustic instruments and numerous of different playing techniques is the most important element of this album. The free form, polyphonic structure and all musical pattern are based on different music elements and styles combination. The improvisations have different and unusual sound. Each composition has its own mood and character – some of them are silent and quiet, some are a total burst of energy with wild fast solos and loud blow outs. The music is filled with unpredictable and extraordinary musical decisions, interesting sound experiments and concepts. High variety of concepts and contrasts who are essentially combined together is also very important element of the album. Musicians try to expand from usual sounds, traditional music language and expressions – they experimenting and creating bright, fresh and extraordinary sound. For that they use numbers of extended ways of playing techniques which are mixed with some of traditional ones. Improvisations harmony is mostly consisted of various dissonance chords whose bring sharp and interesting sound to the album. Dynamic solos, colorful and expressive melodies, loud and wild fast blow outs and riffs, constantly changing rhythmic, adventurous and contrast sound, high variety of moods and characters which are turning one after another – these elements are the main basement of the album. Creative and modern improvising, essentially and masterful combination of traditions and musical experiments create original and effective sound of this album.