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Steffen Basho-Junghans: The Dancer on the Hill

Read "The Dancer on the Hill" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

After a long period of silence due to health problems, and difficulties in finding a recording outlet for his work, German guitarist Steffen Basho-Junghans is back with a new album, released by the English label Architects of Harmonic Rooms & Records, only available on vinyl and as digital download, similar to what was done in 2009 for the album IS, the latest recorded so far by the guitarist. Basho-Junghans' music has always oscillated between two poles, one more ...

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Steffen Basho-Junghans: Guitar Excursions into the Unknown

Read "Steffen Basho-Junghans: Guitar Excursions into the Unknown" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

On the occasion of the release of German guitarist Steffen Basho-Junghans' album The Dancer on the Hill (Architects of Harmonic Rooms & Records, 2020) after 10 years of discographic silence, All About Jazz contacted the artist for a short interview. All About Jazz: Your new album Dancer on the Hill comes out more than 10 years after the previous one, IS, which was published in 2009. Why was there such a long gap between recordings, after an intense ...

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Steffen Basho-Junghans: The Dancer on the Hill

Read "The Dancer on the Hill" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Dopo un lungo periodo di silenzio causato da problemi di salute e difficoltà nel trovare uno sbocco discografico per i propri lavori, il chitarrista tedesco Steffen Basho-Junghans ritorna con un nuovo album, pubblicato dalla etichetta inglese Architects of Harmonic Rooms & Records, disponibile solamente su vinile e digital download. La musica di Basho-Junghans ha sempre oscillato tra i due poli della rappresentazione di paesaggi sonori utilizzando la tecnica del raga derivata dal chitarrista Robbie Basho (di cui ha ...


Steffen Basho-Junghans: esplorando lo spazio sonoro della chitarra

Read "Steffen Basho-Junghans: esplorando lo spazio sonoro della chitarra" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

In occasione della pubblicazione di The Dancer on the Hill abbiamo parlato con il chitarrista tedesco Steffen Basho-Junghans. All About Jazz: Dancer on the Hill è uscito ad oltre 10 anni dal precedente, IS, pubblicato nel 2009. Qual è la ragione di questa lunghissima pausa dopo un'attività discografica molto intensa nel decennio precedente? Steffen Basho-Junghans: Dopo il 2009 alcuni miei brani sono usciti su diverse raccolte, ma per lungo tempo non sono riuscito a trovare un'etichetta ...

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Steffen Basho-Junghans: Unknown Music 1: Alien Letter

Read "Unknown Music 1: Alien Letter" reviewed by Dennis Hollingsworth

Painter, guitarist, composer, and free author Steffen Basho-Junghans lives in Berlin and Thuringia, Germany. He has been highly influential on the eastern German guitar scene since the late '70s. Largely a self-taught artist and musician, his style is best categorized as eccentric and highly personal. Junghans uses steel-string acoustic guitars, combining archaic sounds with altered tunings and a plethora of divergent connections. Traditional European, American Indian, and Asian scales create a landscape with circuitous ties to East Indian instruments like ...

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Steffen Basho Junghans: Waters in Azure

Read "Waters in Azure" reviewed by AAJ Staff

I have to admit it: the first time I heard Steffen Basho Junghans, I honestly didn't get it. Junghans is an iconoclast of the highest order. His solo guitar performances sound like intergalactic symphonies, weird extraterrestrial voyages through timbre and texture. One cannot fully appreciate this music by inspecting its meticulous detail--instead, you must zoom out to see the forest instead of the trees.

On Waters in Azure, Junghans takes a decidedly aquatic approach to guitar deconstruction. This music has ...

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Steffen Basho-Junghans: Inside

Read "Inside" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Apparent simplicity can often disguise depth of thought. Guitarist Steffen Basho-Junghans demonstrates this point convincingly on his new disc, double-entendred Inside.. Recorded live to tape, this performance relies on resonance, stark repetition, juxtaposed rhythmic units, and ornamentation to achieve its effects. Basho-Junghans abandons any conventional sense of melody or harmony, instead structuring his music upon gradual tonal development.

The double meaning of the title refers at once to the music's authentic trance-like character and the ironically “outside" nature of the ...


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