“Music for Two Organs & Two Bass Clarinets” was released by “Aural Terrains” this year. Album was recorded by Thanos Chrysakis (chamber organ), Chris Cundy (bass clarinet, contra bass clarinet), Peer Schlechta (organ) and Ove Volquartz (bass clarinet, contra alto clarinet). Musicians ad been playing together many times. Together they are creating unusual and modern sound. Their music is based on free improvisations, but has many relations with other music styles. Free improvisations, avant-garde jazz, experimental and contemporary academical music, chamber music and academic avant-garde jazz are the main elements, which consist the main musical pattern. The music always has rich and interesting strcuture and form – it’s sompilated by various forms of chamber and academical music. The form is free and variable – it’s changing along with the compositions and get new elements of other forms, expressions and moods. Extended playing techniques, musical experiments, free improvisation, spontaneous solos in the most extraordinary places, search and extraction of new and unusual sounds – all these elements help musicians to create extraordinary and rich musical pattern. The musical language is created spontaneously and by all musicians. The musical material by each musician is original and independent and makes an effort to musical pattern and whole sound of the album. The music by four interesting and creative musicians has modern and interesting sound.
The music of this album is based on free music form and musical experiments. The compositions are somewhere between free improvisations and contemporary academical music. The improvisation is very important part of the compositions – it also makes an effort to whole sound of the album, bring the impression of spontaneous and unpredictable sound. Clarinets melodies are based on many different music elements. It has many elements, which are related with contemporary academical music abd academic avant-garde. Extended playing techniques, vibrant and intensive sound, traditional playing techniques such as glissando, virtuosic arpeggio, vivacious and striking passages, remarkable and expressive melodic elements are connected with experimental and modern ways of playing, repetitive rhythmic and sharp harmony. The melodies have dynamic and constantly changing sound and are based on contrasting musical materials. Soft, calm and subtle clarinets solos, vibrtant and deep bass lines, quiet and peaceful solos are gently connected together with expressive, rigorous, intensive, loud and turbulent solos. Peaceful and interesting solos of clarinets usually have lyric and calm mood for the most of the time. Intensive and deep bass line formed by bass clarinet helps musicians to create firm and solid bass section. Even though, clarinets melodies have some relations with academical music, mostly is based on free improvisation and various alternative genres of experimental music. Organs melodies have bright and interesting sound. It also has bright and intensive musical pattern and huge variety of different styles and expressions. It’s highly contrasting with musical material of clarinets – especially in a way of its structure, form and style. Organ melodies mostly are based on the principal elements of contemporary academical music, academic avant-garde and experimental music. Both musicians are trying out modern and interesting ways of playing, extended techniques and expressions. This music has lyrical and soft sound for the most of the time, which is connected with loud, turbulent and powerful culminations. The form and strcuture of organ melodies is more strict than clarinets. These compositions have less place for free improvisations – musicians are paying huge attention to the search of unusual timbres, creative musical decisions and inventive ways of playing. Powerful, deep, vibrant and interesting sound of the organ is gently c onnected together with dynamic and deep melodies of clarinets. This music has modern and remarkable sound.