All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

6

Christian Windfeld/Julius Schwing: Rhubarb

Karl Ackermann By

Sign in to view read count
Bruny Island sits off the coast of the Australian state of Tasmania—the adopted home of guitarist Julius Schwing. With its iconic lighthouse, large populations of endangered bird species and spacious, uninhabited regions, Schwing, upon his first visit, found it an inspiration. Originally inhabited only by Aborigines, it is home to wallabies and penguins and provides an aural array of natural properties that the guitarist and drummer Christian Windfeld incorporate on Rhubarb.

Schwing was born in Vienna, Austria and began performing on guitar at the age of thirteen. He has toured in Australia, Europe, India, New Zealand, Canada and the US, and worked mostly with regional talent. His most notable association is with Australian jazz bassist Nick Haywood. Danish composer/percussionist Christian Windfeld has toured throughout Europe, North America, and Australia and lived in Stockholm, New York, and Berlin. He has released two solo albums under the alias FØRSTEPERSONENTAL (FIRSTPERSONSINGULAR) and often focuses solely on the snare drum, as he does on Rhubarb.

This duo debut—despite the jazz backgrounds in play—is highly experimental. The sonic effects are the product of a Zoom recorder capable of altering the sound beyond recognition. Rhubarb consists of two extended tracks averaging twenty minutes in length. On "Baag 1" Schwing begins with some simple notes that become increasingly distorted as Windfeld supplies subdued clatter with the snare and other paraphernalia. About five minutes in, Windfeld initiates a turn by way of a drum solo, and from there on the piece is all extended technique. "Baag 2" takes the directionally opposite approach, finding musical fragments only about half way in but quickly abandoning them for more sonic investigations.

Schwing is to guitar technique what Natsuki Tamura is to the trumpet. His instrument is mostly taken out of its natural state and played in a traditional voice just often enough to provide a reminder. Windfeld's "objects" accompanying the snare appear to follow a general percussion functionality though the special effects mask his contributions as well. The music is at times dense, at others minimal, stripped down to the bare essentials but always with momentum. For traditionalists, Rhubarb will predominantly sound like noise but in its context, it is interesting and certainly different.

Track Listing: Baag 1; Baag 2.

Personnel: Christian Windfeld: snare drum, objects; Julius Schwing: guitar.

Title: Rhubarb | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Isthmus Music

Tags

Related Video

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Rhubarb

Rhubarb

Isthmus Music
2018

buy

Related Articles

Read with whom you can be who you are CD/LP/Track Review
with whom you can be who you are
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 21, 2018
Read Inner Core CD/LP/Track Review
Inner Core
by Troy Dostert
Published: September 21, 2018
Read Dirigo Rataplan II CD/LP/Track Review
Dirigo Rataplan II
by Jerome Wilson
Published: September 21, 2018
Read The Window CD/LP/Track Review
The Window
by Chris Mosey
Published: September 21, 2018
Read Mønk CD/LP/Track Review
Mønk
by Chris May
Published: September 20, 2018
Read The Music of Gary Lindsay / Are We Still Dreaming CD/LP/Track Review
The Music of Gary Lindsay / Are We Still Dreaming
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 20, 2018
Read "Asteroidea" CD/LP/Track Review Asteroidea
by Troy Dostert
Published: November 9, 2017
Read "Don't You Wish" CD/LP/Track Review Don't You Wish
by Dr. Judith Schlesinger
Published: April 20, 2018
Read "On Stage" CD/LP/Track Review On Stage
by Nicholas F. Mondello
Published: August 29, 2018
Read "Spell" CD/LP/Track Review Spell
by Jim Worsley
Published: April 15, 2018
Read "Toy Tunes" CD/LP/Track Review Toy Tunes
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 16, 2018
Read "Asteroidea" CD/LP/Track Review Asteroidea
by Mark Corroto
Published: November 4, 2017