Forward thinking guitarist Noel Akchote performs microtonal, electronically induced themes on his latest excursion titled, Rien. With this release, the guitarist enlists the support of computer performer Erik Minkkinen and Andrew Sharpley who handles the sampler and turntable duties. Essentially, these eleven tracks maintain a relatively invariable flow which is evident on pieces such as “Mords”, “Cesse” and others, where the musicians meld subtle electronics, Akchote’s barely audible chord manipulations, cavernous explorations and dark tonalities with programmatic interplay. At times, it seems as though the musicians are more concerned with creating soft textures that oscillate in repetitive fashion.
Although, the overall production might fall within the realm of experimental ambient electronica, Rien progresses at a snails pace and becomes a bit tedious, especially during the midsection. And while there are some intriguing moments, the intentions or perhaps underlying message is a bit confounding at best. Some might find this set to be fascinating; however, when viewed as a whole – Rien fails to sustain any noticeable interest.
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.