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Trance Map+: Etching the Ether


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Trance Map+: Etching the Ether
"Trance Map+" is a collaborative project involving some incredibly talented musicians exploring the realms of avant-garde jazz and experimental sounds. Etching the Ether features three extended pieces, treated with Matthew Wright's live electronics and sound design. It is a production that embarks on a sonic journey, pushing the boundaries of improvisation and musical exploration.

The album delves into intricate soundscapes, where each track is an evolving entity. The musicians known for their prowess in improvisation, create an enticing tapestry of sound that feels both well-defined and free-flowing, yet expansive and luminous, amped by soprano saxophonist Evan Parker's legendary circular breathing techniques and his foil, trumpeter Peter Evans' multidimensional sense of direction. Whereas Mark Nauseef executes the asymmetrical and often-colorful percussion parts.

Etching the Ether captures the essence of investigative spontaneous improv, embedded in cultivated experimentation, utilizing a diverse range of instruments and electronic elements to craft far-reaching landscapes that are deeply immersive. The musicians' ability to communicate through their instruments is astounding, as they navigate through layers of sound, creating atmospheres that range from hauntingly ambient to dynamically intense.

Their collective strength lies in transporting audiences to unexplored musical realms. The intuitive, group-focused interactions resonate throughout, forming a captivating dialogue embellished with ethereal overlays that evolve dynamically. More than a mere album, this set offers an immersive auditory journey challenging conventional musical norms. A treasure for enthusiasts of experimental jazz and seekers of sonic adventures beyond traditional structures, its emotive prowess and vivid aural landscapes make it a riveting addition to the avant-garde jazz realm.

Track Listing

At Altitude; Drawing Breath; Engaged in Seeking.


Mark Nauseef
Evan Parker
saxophone, soprano
Matthew Wright
Peter Evans
Additional Instrumentation

Matthew Wright: sound design; Peter Evans: piccolo trumpet.

Album information

Title: Etching the Ether | Year Released: 2023 | Record Label: Intakt Records



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