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Stephan Micus: White Night

Read "White Night" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Giunto al ventitreesimo album per la ECM, il musicista tedesco Stephan Micus non cambia la formula a cui si è attenuto per la maggior parte delle sue realizzazioni discografiche. Anche questo lavoro consiste in una raccolta di brani costruiti attorno a una selezione di strumenti etnici da lui personalmente raccolti nel corso dei suoi numerosi viaggi ...

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Stephan Micus: Inland Sea

Read "Inland Sea" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Giunto al suo ventiduesimo titolo per la ECM (che ha pubblicato la quasi totalità della sua discografia), a due anni di distanza dal precedente Nomad Songs, il polistrumentista tedesco Stephan Micus prosegue a tappe regolari il suo viaggio attraverso una geografia musicale immaginaria ma concreta, espressione di una world music senza indicazione di tempo e di ...

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Stephan Micus: Inland Sea

Read "Inland Sea" reviewed by Geno Thackara

Like an actual inland sea, the Stephan Micus catalogue stands as a unique entity distinct from all its surroundings. Always too restless to rely on familiar sounds, he travels to find little-known instruments in far corners of the world and take time getting to know each one's voice. His 22nd ECM recording is centered mostly around ...

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Stephan Micus: Nomad Songs

Read "Nomad Songs" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Il viaggio del polistrumentista tedesco Stephan Micus attraverso una geografia musicale immaginaria aggiunge un'altra tappa al suo già notevole cammino, testimoniato da una discografia che in 40 anni ha raggiunto i 23 titoli, quasi tutti pubblicati da ECM. I canti nomadi del titolo descrivono il complesso della sua opera, risultato di tanti anni di vagabondaggio attraverso ...

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Stephan Micus: Nomad Songs

Read "Stephan Micus: Nomad Songs" reviewed by John Kelman

For his 21st ECM recording (his first six originally released on the label's sister imprint Japo but subsequently reissued on ECM), multi-instrumentalist and intrepid musical explorer Stephan Micus simplifies...well, relatively speaking...to the sparer instrumental settings of earlier recordings like The Music of Stones (1989), East of the Night (1985) and Till the End of Time (1978). ...

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Stephan Micus: Nomad Songs

Read "Nomad Songs" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Multi-instrumentalist Stephan Micus has lived in a sound world of his own for many years. World Music usually means borrowing from disparate musical cultures and combining them. But Micus creates World Music for a world of his own creation. He adopts traditional instruments from all over the planet, then combines them in original compositions without referencing ...

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SoCorpo: Inelement

Read "Inelement" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

The sophomore release of New York-based SoCorpo--the vocal duo of Sasha Bogdanowitsch and Sabrina Lastman, who released their self-produced On Becoming in 2009--is a conceptual work, drawing its inspiration from the ancient world's five essential elements: fire, water, air, earth and aether, or void. This conceptual set of compositions, all of which were written as an ...

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Stephan Micus: Panagia

Read "Panagia" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

> La nuova tappa del percorso etnomusicale intrapreso tanti anni fa dal polistrumentista tedesco Stephan Micus presenta un carattere molto più spirituale del solito, nonostante l'aspetto mistico-religioso sia da sempre una delle componenti imprescindibili della sua arte. Il suo più recente lavoro infatti è concepito come una preghiera alla Vergine Maria (la parola greca Panagia rappresenta appunto ...

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Stephan Micus: Panagia

Read "Panagia" reviewed by John Kelman

Almost like clockwork since 1983 (though he began his association with the label, on its subsidiary JAPO label, in 1977 with Implosions), multi-instrumentalist Stephan Micus has been delivering albums to ECM every one-to-three years. His modus operandi is largely the same: continue to scour the world for rarely exposed ethnic instruments and use them in contexts ...

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Meet John Kelman

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I joined All About Jazz in: 2004

What made you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? After deciding to start writing about music in about 2001, and starting at smaller websites, I was approached by All About Jazz in late 2003, with the question: “We've ...