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Christian Lillinger: Open Form For Society

Read "Open Form For Society" reviewed by Mark Corroto

German drummer and über composer Christian Lillinger might be best known for his ensemble Grund which has released several outstanding recordings since 2009. He can also be found in good company with musicians like Peter Evans, Samo Šalamon, Luís Lopes, Pascal Niggenkemper, Tobias Delius and Achim Kaufmann, to name but a few heavy hitters with whom he is associated. His Open Form For Society (OFFS) project plays a sort of futuristic chamber music that draws from musique concrète, avant jazz, ...

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Kaja Draksler / Petter Eldh / Christian Lillinger: Punkt.Vrt.Plastik

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Three outrageously talented up-and-coming players on the European scene join energies on a program of spiky attitude based around rhythmically dynamic foundations. German drummer Christian Lillinger and Swedish bassist Petter Eldh may be best known as the potent bedrock of the Amok Amor Quartet which featured trumpeter Peter Evans. Now they fulfill the same function in a new co-operative trio with Amsterdam-based Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler, who reveals a more wayward side than manifest on her ambitious octet release Gledalec ...

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Draksler - Eldh - Lillinger: Punkt.Vrt.Plastic

Read "Punkt.Vrt.Plastic" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Nascent drumming superhero Christian Lillinger and bassist Petter Eldh handle the rhythms in the riotously exciting, balls to the walls quartet Amok Amor, as the fun-factor and thrills a minute impetus morphs into this rapidly-moving trio featuring mega-talented Slovenian pianist, Kaja Draksler. At times the musicians run their course via ample doses of counterpoint and opposing forces that maintain the same tempo amid frolicsome skirmishes, scrappy detours and frenzied outbursts. Moreover, Draksler shows hints of becoming a stylist ...

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Amok Amor: We Know Not What We Do

Read "We Know Not What We Do" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

When these gents run amok it's largely controlled, spiced with massive quantities of mind-bending narratives, crazily executed pulses and split-second paradigm shifts. You can also think of a welterweight boxer landing rapid flurries, stinging uppercuts and roundhouse knockout blows as they punch out these works with the greatest of ease, shaded with ominous intentions. Formerly a Germany-based trio known as Starlight, American trumpeter Peter Evans (Mostly Other People Do The Killing) adds his prominent technical faculties and astute ...

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Christian Lillinger’s Grund at Cologne Philharmonic

Read "Christian Lillinger’s Grund at Cologne Philharmonic" reviewed by Phillip Woolever

Christian Lillinger's Grund Cologne Philharmonic Cologne, Germany March 18, 2017 Many German cities can boast of a vibrant jazz scene. Cologne is one of the most dynamic of them all, with a widespread foundation of educational institutions, popular clubs and broadcasting. Most important, there's a dedicated, cooperative network of well-schooled, non-conforming musicians.One impressive collaborative for just such experienced-based experiments is the septet who form Grund ("ground"), under the compositional direction of drummer Christian ...


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