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Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar

Read "Fractal Guitar" reviewed by John Kelman

For his Moonjune Records debut, Stephan Thelen, USA-born/Swiss guitarist and primary composer for the post-minimalist/post-progressive band Sonar, challenges some of the foundational premises of a group that has, over almost the last decade, garnered increasing critical and popular acclaim. As informed by Robert Fripp and the guitarist's work with (and beyond) King Crimson as it is ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nik Bärtsch: Possibility in Paradox

Read "Nik Bärtsch: Possibility in Paradox" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Like the master-less samurai his primary band is named for, Nik Bärtsch forges a path and follows a code all his own. The pianist's music is best described by his own key phrases “ritual groove music" and “Zen funk," merging Eastern minimalist simplicity and patient trance with the interplay and communal aspect of jazz. It makes ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bassists Lorenzo Feliciati And Colin Edwin Join Forces On Twinscapes Powerful Debut Release Scheduled For March On Rarenoise

Bassists Lorenzo Feliciati And Colin Edwin Join Forces On Twinscapes Powerful Debut Release Scheduled For March On Rarenoise

Two bassists from two different continents—Italian Lorenzo Feliciati of the adventurous jazz-rock band Naked Truth and the intensely searching nu jazz group Berserk! and Australian Colin Edwin of the longstanding prog-rock band Porcupine Tree and the heavy-duty, experimental Metallic Taste of Blood as well as Ex-Wise Heads and Burnt Belief—come together to make one potent statement ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

2013 Enjoy Jazz Festival

Read "2013 Enjoy Jazz Festival" reviewed by John Kelman

Enjoy Jazz 2013 Heidelberg/Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Germany November 6-14, 2013 It's always a treat to return to Heidelberg for Enjoy Jazz. As a very intended contrast to most jazz festivals, that compress a lot of music into a very short time, Enjoy Jazz's founding premise, when it was first conceived 15 years ago by ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Swiss pianist Nik Bärtsch and his group Ronin joined the ECM Records roster in 2006 with their label debut, Stoa. Since then they have produced a new ECM set every two years, with Holon (2008), Llyría (2010), and now their first recorded-in-concert set for the label, the double-disc Live. Ronin's music has been called ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nik Bärtsch's Ronin: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by John Kelman

Change can be good, though there's often a sense of loss when a significant adjustment happens. Honing his very specific Ritual Groove/Zen Funk music for more than a decade, Swiss pianist Nik Bärtsch was hit with a particularly big change when Ronin's founding bassist, Bjørn Meyer, left in 2011 to pursue personal projects. The more recent ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Nik Bartsch's Ronin: London, England, November 16, 2011

Read "Nik Bartsch's Ronin: London, England, November 16, 2011" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Nik Bärtsch's RoninLondon Jazz FestivalKing's PlaceLondon, EnglandNovember 16, 2011 Looking at the listings for day six of the London Jazz Festival, the term “spoilt for choice" sprang to mind. At the Barbican, pianists Stefano Bollani and French veteran Martial Solal led a double bill supported by Marcin Wasilewski's ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Enjoy Jazz: Mannheim, Germany, October 2-November 18, 2011, Week 5-7

Read "Enjoy Jazz: Mannheim, Germany, October 2-November 18, 2011, Week 5-7" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

Week 1-2 | Week 3-4 | Week 5-7 Enjoy Jazz Festival Heidelberg/Mannheim/Ludwigshafen, Germany October 2-November 18, 2011 Colin Vallon Trio The performance of the Swiss trio surprised from the onset, through their pronounced experimental character. Other than the steady narrative flow featured on their most recent album ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Mik Keusen's Blau: Nalu

Read "Nalu" reviewed by John Kelman

With the sudden appearance of pianist Nik Bärtsch and Stoa (ECM, 2006), a new musical paradigm emerged from Switzerland: a rigorous musical aesthetic combining post-Steve Reichian minimalism with funk and cross-cultural tinges of Japan and Indonesia. Bärtsch's music actually dates back to the early part of the millennium, but it was ECM's attention that gave the ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

The Garana Jazz Festival: Garana, Romania, July 21-24, 2011

Read "The Garana Jazz Festival: Garana, Romania, July 21-24, 2011" reviewed by Adriana Carcu

The Garana Jazz Festival Garana, Romania July 21-24, 2011 Hidden in the heart of the Western Carpathians, the small village of Garana, --also called Wolfsberg by the Bohemian colonists who have inhabited it until some 30 years ago--has developed, during the last decades, into an international artist colony--hosting, for the 15th time this ...


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