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Mark Isham: Blue Sun

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Mark IshamBlue SunColumbia Records1995 Better-known, perhaps, for his work in the film arena as scorer for movies including 1986's The Hitcher, the 1992 reboot of Of Mice and Men and 1998's Blade, Mark Isham has, nevertheless, demonstrated his instrumental prowess as a trumpeter on albums including pianist Art Lande's Rubisa Patrol (ECM, 1976), singer/songwriter Van Morrison's Beautiful Vision (Warner Bros., 1982), David Sylvian's Brilliant Trees (Virgin, 1984), David Torn's Cloud About Mercury (ECM, 1987) and ...


J. Peter Schwalm: The Beauty of Disaster

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"Ambient Music." Now that is a creatively coiffured pant load of a genre designation. An outgrowth of “New Age?" The bastard child of Minimalism? Radio personality Stephen Hill's cottage industry? Well, in a word, “yes," all of these things. The evolution of music is rapidly hurling toward a time when genre will mean nothing and no longer be useful in describing the music. A new paradigm will have to be adopted to make sense. So words like “jazz," “New Age," ...


Jon Balke: Warp

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Best known for his Magnetic North Orchestra, pianist and composer Jon Balke has a background that is rich with global influences and diverse musical stylings. Trained as a classical pianist in his youth, Balke was playing with Masqualero on Bande à Part (ECM, 1985) by the time he was eighteen. That recording, in the company of Arild Andersen, Nils Petter Molvær, Tore Brunborg and Jon Christensen, set some enduring musical relationships in motion, with all but Andersen going on to ...


Punkt Festival 2015

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Punkt Festival Kristiansand, Norway September, 3-5, 2015 Kristiansand, home of the Annual Punkt Festival for the past decade, is a municipality situated on the southernmost point of Norway on the Skagerrak strait. It has a population of 86,000 (the greater urban area 155,000) and is the county capital of Vest-Agder. Crystallization of new concepts and development often take place and are given a push from the periphery, and Punkt is a good and ...


Fort Knox Five: Pressurize the Cabin

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Pressurize the Cabin delivers the best of the club dance experience--funky grooves, spacey loops and echoes, scratches and samples, shout outs and call outs--without overpriced drinks or the ubiquitous smoke, glitter or perfume. The core four of the Fort Knox Five--Sid Barcelona, Jon Horvath, Rob Myers and Steve Raskin--herewith present a jumping party that's just waiting for you to climb onboard. “Reach" smoothly opens pop, funk, R&B, hip-hop, electronic and groove styles, then blends them all into the ...


Erik Honoré: Heliographs

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Erik Honoré has such an impressive curriculum vitae that it is difficult to know where to begin... In association with his frequent collaborator Jan Bang, since 2005, he has been responsible for the annual ground-breaking Punkt Festival in Kristiansand, where all concerts are remixed live. Over the years, that feature of the festival has attracted such impressive names as Laurie Anderson, Gavin Bryars, Brian Eno, Jon Hassell and David Sylvian. As well as such an international cast, Honoré has been ...


Erik Honore: Heliographs

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If patience is a virtue, then Erik Honoré is, indeed, one virtuous man. Over the past few decades he's built a busy career as a novelist and record producer in his home country of Norway, and has come to increasing international attention as co-Artistic Director of the Punkt Live Remix festival--that globe-trotting festival with a philosophy that is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary in its hometown of Kristiansand in September, 2014. He's also become a more active participant on ...


Nheap: Flying And The Silence

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Nheap is the nom de musique of Assisi-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Massimo Discepoli. More specifically, it's the title under which he records and releases his own experimental, jazz-influenced compositions (he records his more electronic, club-oriented, music as Nheap XP). Flying And The Silence is the fifth album under the Nheap name since Discepoli started the project in 2007. The jazz influence is not too obvious--Alice Coltrane might well inform the overall vibe, but experimental rock bands like Tangerine Dream seem ...

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