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Spunk: Kantarell

Read "Kantarell" reviewed by John Kelman

As challenging as free improvisation can be, the truth is that while it may appear to be an aimless mixture of sounds found or otherwise, in the right hands it is something that--best absorbed as a whole rather than a collection of individual parts--can be as beautiful as it sometimes is jarring and off-putting. Spunk pushes the limits of acoustic and electronic instrumentation, as well as voice; but with an injection of humorous absurdity that may, perhaps, be best experienced ...

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Spunk: En Aldeles Forferdelig Sykdom

Read "En Aldeles Forferdelig Sykdom" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The third studio disc by the Norwegian all-female quartet Spunk suggests a new perspective on free collective improvisation. Free improv does not have to be cerebral and dead serious. Spunk likes to push the music into absurdist extremes, to load the music with eccentric ideas, almost to the brink of anarchy, but always with a quirky humor and subtlety and an emphasis on how individual voices can become one.

En Aldeles Forferdelig Sykdom ("An Absolutely Terrible Disease") is ...


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