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Liudas Mockūnas / Arvydas Kazlauskas: Purvs

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Liudas Mockūnas / Arvydas Kazlauskas: Purvs
If you need evidence that the very first musicians, our evolutionary ancestors, made sounds to imitate nature, Purvs may be the proof. The Latvian and Lithuanian saxophonists Arvydas Kazlauskas and Liudas Mockūnas made two recordings, one in an open air Latvian bog marsh which makes up the first LP of this release and the second LP in an amphitheater made of peat, called Saulgrieži (summer solstice), by the Latvian artist Janis Gutans-Grass.

Mockūnas may be the better known of the two musicians, with an impressive discography including sessions with Agusti Fernandez, Barry Guy, Nate Wooley, Stefan Pasborg, and William Hooker. His two solo Hydro recordings for NoBusiness Records, referred to as The Bog Sessions, begin with Mockūnas blowing air through his "water prepared" saxophone. You guessed it, sound bubbles up, not unlike a hot spring. Along with Kazlauskas' baritone saxophone, "Gilluwā" rises from the bog's waters as throaty croaking bullfrogs. The duo's encounter at the bog includes a third voice, nature, which is picked up by the microphones. The saxophonists play-off those sounds, imitating not only frogs but birds, on "Deja," and imaginary beasts, on "Drugys." The second LP, Live At Peat Amphitheater: Solstice, performed in front of an audience, is more diverse, with the duo's approach and sound generation. We hear everything from overblown Peter Brötzmann-like saxophone on "Šmékla" to the World Saxophone Quartet Gospel sounding "Zilās Sūnas" and the insect-inspired sounds of "Gyvatynè." Kazlauskas' and Mockūnas' varying techniques keep these two sessions fresh and compelling.

Track Listing

Atavaras; Gilluwā; Taka; Madla; Urwan; Duobe; Deja; Drugys; Turbs; Šmekla; Zilās Sūnas; Strāuwa; Gyvatyne; Kupsts

Personnel

Liudas Mockūnas: saxophone; Arvydas Kazlauskas: saxophone.

Additional Instrumentation

Liudas Mockūnas: sopranino, soprano, tenor, bass and keyless overtone saxophones. Arvydas Kazlauskas: soprano, alto and baritone saxophones.

Album information

Title: Purvs | Year Released: 2021 | Record Label: Jersika Records


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