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East West Collective: Humeurs

Read "Humeurs" reviewed by John Sharpe

The East West Collective constituted one of the surprise hits of the 2013 Vision Festival in New York City. As their name implies the five strong outfit comprises improvisers from both the Occident and Orient. Their origin lies in French cellist Didier Petit's regular visits to the Far East, often with clarinetist Sylvain Kassap in tow, ...

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Xu Fengxia - Lucas Niggli: Black Lotos

Read "Black Lotos" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Ci sono una cantante di Shanghai che vive in Germania e un batterista svizzero nato in Camerun da madre cinese. Pare l'incipit di una storiella, e invece è un piccolo miracolo di globalizzazione cultural-musicale. Lei è Xu Fengxia, cantante e virtuosa di strumenti tradizionali, trascinata in ambito impro dall'incontro, illuminante, con il fu Peter Kowald; lui è Lucas ...

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Xu Fengxia / Lucas Niggli: Black Lotos

Read "Black Lotos" reviewed by Nic Jones

This duo of multi-instrumentalist Xu Fengxia and percussionist Lucas Niggli sometimes produces quietly compelling music with drums and Chinese plucked instruments, but the opportunities for it to really take hold are significantly undermined by Fengxia's vocal interjections. Such is the effect of these that the impact of the duo's subtle interplay is too often lost.

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