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Casserley / Illvibe / Morgan / Sjostrom: Live At The Club Polnischer Versager


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Casserley / Illvibe / Morgan / Sjostrom: Live At The Club Polnischer Versager
Four musicians, two songs, one clocking in at 32:06 minutes and the other at 23:39 minutes. The action takes place deep in outer space, the club is located in Berlin and the physical event was recorded in 2016. The four musicians had never before played together, but they are all professional players so the chemistry is profound. They were each born in very different places and times. Harri Sjolstrom was born in Finland in 1952, played piano and guitar in his youth and later found his voice in the music on soprano and sopranino saxophones. Lawrence Casserley was born in England in 1941, and has been involved with electronic music since the 1960s. Jeffrey Morgan was born in the U.S.A., in 1954, and he started playing violin when he was 10 but later integrated into a youth orchestra and plays saxophones / brass. Dj Illvibe was born in Berlin in 1980. He grew up surrounded by musicians who were affiliated with his father, pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach. During his youth he learned to play several instruments, however at 14 he decided to focus on "The Wheels of Steel." Due to his fascination with the infinite possibilities of the turntable he mastered the tricks of the trade, namely scratching techniques. In the free music scene he has worked with Paul Lovens, Christopher Rumble, and Lok 03 (with his father and pianist Aki Takase).

The sound heard on Live At The Club Polnischer Versager is freely improvised jazz and electronica. It starts with a soft fluttering; the cosmos is vast tonight. The leaves are whirling, the strange birds are feeding. All four musicians are as eagerly inventing and as they are considerate of each other, with their combined special talents. There is no comprehensive way to describe the kosmische jazz sound. Is it a movie made of bits that blew in from the dark that night? There are chunky places, there are openings, there are voices, there is curiosity and there is exposition. The theme is free jazz from deep space.

Track Listing

Onklaguta, Gutaonkla.


Lawrence Casserley: various; Harri Sjolstrom: saxophone, soprano; Jeffrey Morgan: saxophone; Dj Illvibe: turntable.

Album information

Title: Live At The Club Polnischer Versager | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Unisono-Records

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