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Ikarus

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IKARUS is a contemporary / groove / jazz quintet consisting of Ramón Oliveras (composition, drums), Anna Hirsch (vocals), Andreas Lareida (vocals), Lucca Fries (piano) and Mo Meyer (upright bass). Their singular sound is based on continuously permutating polyrhythms, fluctuating grooves, organic improvisations and an enchanting blend of male and female vocals. The compositions continue to evolve thanks to the nature of their live shows, and tend to reappear in new versions on their full-length records. They cite influences as far-ranging as Morton Feldman, Meshuggah, The Knife, Craig Taborn, Steve Reich and traditional west African rhythms

Album

Mosaismic

Label: Ronin Rhythm Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Meridian; Oumuamua; Saiko; Aligulin; Ikenophobia; Subzero; Mondrian; Iridium; Cirrus.

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News: Recording

Contemporary / Groove / Jazz Quintet Ikarus's Mosaismic Available On Ronin Rhythm Records

Contemporary / Groove / Jazz Quintet Ikarus's Mosaismic Available On Ronin Rhythm Records

A curious thing happens to a band as its sound matures. As the voices of its players continue to fuse ever more seamlessly, their individual styles also come into focus with increasing clarity. In its most literal reading, this is the key idea behind Mosaismic, the title of the third full-length record from Swiss contemporary / ...

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Video

Oumuamua

Featuring the music of Ikarus
Duration: 5:46

Oumuamua - named after the first observable interstellar object that crossed our solar system - is the second piece of the album Mosaismic (2019) by Contemporary Groove Jazz quintet Ikarus. The video footage was recorded at a concert in Nik Bärtsch's club Exil in Zurich and tailored to the music by the bandleader and composer Ramón Oliveras. Like the song itself, the video plays around with repetition and patterns which all lead up to a surreal viewing merging both audio and visual.
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Track of the Day

Saiko

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Label: Ronin Rhythm Records
Released: 2019
Duration: 08:04

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Article: Album Review

Ikarus: Mosaismic

Read "Mosaismic" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic


Like morse code lapping against the rampant stream of everything binary, the minimal groove of Germany's Ikarus—which is drummer Ramon Oliveras, pianist Lucca Fries double bassist Moritz Meyer and the wordless, gravity-free scat singing of Andreas Lareida and Anna Hirsch—makes for an edgy, compelling atmosphere. Economic to the point of sparseness, Ikarus, like its ...

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Track of the Day

Oumuamua

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Label: Ronin Rhythm Records
Released: 2019
Duration: 5:57

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Voices Without Words

Read "Voices Without Words" reviewed by Geno Thackara


It's all too easy to forget the voice as an instrument in itself--arguably the most expressive one we have, especially if these examples are any indication. Here we have two offerings to remind us what mind-bending possibilities it can offer. Ikarus Mosaismic Ronin Rhythm Records 2019 A good ...

Album

Chronosome

Label: Ronin Rhythm Records
Released: 2016

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Article: Year in Review

Budd Kopman's Best Releases of 2016

Read "Budd Kopman's Best Releases of 2016" reviewed by Budd Kopman


Of the seventy or so albums I was fortunate to review this year (with many still waiting in the wings), the releases below (in chronological order) are those that moved me the most and hence that I remember the clearest, even after a year. The quality of the music is uniformly high, and leaving something off ...


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