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Asaf Sirkis

Born in 1969 in Petah-Tikva, Israel, Asaf later moved to the town of Rehovot, where he spent his teens and early twenties. This was an influential move for Asaf, as it was here amongst the diverse cultural influences he found in Rehovot that Asaf began to show an interest in music and rhythm. In Rehovot he lived amongst people from North Africa, east and central Europe, and the Middle East. Living in Shaarayim, the Yemenite neighbourhood in Rehovot, Asaf was particularly drawn to Yemenite culture, music, and rhythms. At the age of 12 Asaf began drum lessons, while also having a strong interest in playing electric bass

Nothing is Sacred

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Nothing is Sacred (Dice II); The Occult (Dice I); Bubble Bubble Bubble Bath (Wink); Solve et Coagula (Ghost I); Bubble Bubble Bubble Song (Sighs).

The Truce

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Truce; Swoonage; Bogeyman; Be Still My Brazen Heart; Power Series; Let Me Touch Your Batman; Gossamer Things.

Truce

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: The Truce; Swoonage; Bogeyman; Be Still My Brazen Heart; Power Series; Let Me Touch Your Batman; Gossamer Things.

Two Chevrons Apart

Label: Basho Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Beethoven & Schubert: friends?; Two Chevrons Apart; Just Another Week; Dead End Date; Cemetery Symmetry; Sweet Nothings; Elegiac; Parisian Episode VII.

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Markus Reuter Times Three: Oculus, Shapeshifters & Sun Trance

Read "Markus Reuter Times Three: Oculus, Shapeshifters & Sun Trance" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Markus Reuter wears many hats: touch guitarist; composer; improviser; soundscaper; and producer. This trio of simultaneous MoonJune Records releases (one technically a reissue) offer an opportunity to sample his music in all of those aspects. Markus Reuter Oculus Nothing is Sacred MoonJune Records 2020 “Oculus" is the name ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Markus Reuter: The Truce

Read "The Truce" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Markus Reuter's first steps into music were as a pianist. But then Reuter learned to play the Chapman Stick, studied in Robert Fripp's Guitar Craft, and mastered the digital U8 Touch Guitar. The freedom of these electronic sound palettes, combined with his genuine guitar virtuosity and piano background, all give Reuter's guitar playing structure and vision ...

Places in Space, in Time

Read "Places in Space, in Time" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Abraham Inc. Together We Stand Table Pounding Music 2019 “Ever since I formed Klezmer Madness! in the mid 1990's I've been exploring the possibilities of adding funk, jazz, and lately hip-hop influences to klezmer," explains David Krakauer, an expert clarinet voice in jazz, klezmer and classical ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Yuri Goloubev: Two Chevrons Apart

Read "Two Chevrons Apart" reviewed by Ian Patterson

In recent years double bassist Yuri Goloubev has lent his rich sound to multiple projects, including the co-led Duonomics (Caligola, 2018) with Michele Di Toro. It was 2011's Titanic for a Bike (Caligola), however, that marked Goloubev's last recording as outright leader. This welcome return—his headlining debut on Basho Records—sees him align with frequent musical partners ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sirkis/Bialas IQ: Our New Earth

Read "Our New Earth" reviewed by Ian Patterson

A lament for our damaged earth, a prayer for a better future, Sirkis/Bialas IQ's second recording, after its well-received debut Come To Me (Stonebird Productions, 2015), is an ambitious, far-reaching work. Contemporary jazz with a world view, Our New Earth draws from Middle Eastern, Southern Indian carnatic, Eastern European folk and contemporary classical traditions. That it ...


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