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John Wolf Brennan


Celtic Roots and Swiss Watchmaker Exactness Pianist and composer John Wolf Brennan, born in Dublin, Ireland, has been widely acclaimed as an outstanding musician. His distinctive style, marked by a deep interest in contemporary archeology, a very personal quest for an adventurous avantgarde, an ongoing research of his Celtic roots and his "Swiss watchmaker exactness" ("The Wire") sets him apart. His compositions cover a wide spectrum of musical concepts and methods, ranging from piano pieces ("inside and outside" - prepared and unprepared) to vocal scores ("Night.Shift" - an opera after a libretto by Rudolph Straub, based on W.H.Auden's "The Age of Anxiety"; "Sculpted Sound", "Euratorium", "Bestiarium", "PaniConversations", works for choir), from chamber ("Epithalamium" after James Joyce's "Chamber Music"; "Alef Bet - an Ori-ental Peace Piece" for Israeli oboist Ori Meiraz; "A Golly Gal's Way to Galway Bay" for James Galway, "Nearly Charming") to orchestral works, both for classical and jazz ensembles, creating music rich in (a)tonal textures. Composition, Improvisation and..


Oriental Orbit

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: The Now is Not in Time; Hang Loose (on a Camel in Obernau); Water Whole 1; Oriental Belles; More than Two; Ouroboros; Water Whole 2; Arosa-are you Hear?; The Now is a Knot in Time; Water Whole 3; Occidental Orbit; Another Choice: for Finnegan s Sake; The lost Papyrus Roll.


Article: Album Review

Christy Doran: In The Corner Of The Eye

Read "In The Corner Of The Eye" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Celebrated Irish guitarist Christy Doran's penchant to keep reinventing his musical self is quite evident due to the disparate bands and solo projects he's undertaken for several decades. Whether imparting a jazz fusion spin on Jimi Hendrix with the band Call Me Helium Plays the Music of Jimi Hendrix (Double Moon, 2005) or experimental jazz and ...


Tarkus and Other Love Stories

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Part I: Perpetual Spiders & Other Topographic Tales: 1. Larks' Tongues In Aspic, Part Two; 2. Unfolding Patterns; 3. Perpetuum; 4.-11. SpidersI-VIII; 12. Sparkus. Part II: Tarkus & Other Love Live/Life Stories: 13. Tarkus; 14. TLS - A Tarkus Love Story; 15. K-Limba; 16. Darkus; 17. Think of Me with Kindness; 18. Sharkus; 19. Gateless Gate; 20, Larkus. Part III: D-Fenders, C-Benders & Other Bartenders: 21. I Know What I Like; 22. Ligetissimo – Paraphrase on Ligeti’s Hungarian Rock; 23. Contra punto; 24. Sotto voce; 25 Ben ritmato; 26. Jetemy Bender.


The Speed of Dark

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2010
Track listing: 01. Ever for Never; 02. R.R.R.R.R. Riggenbach's Rigi Rail Road Riddle; 03. Maelstrom; 04. Suonen - From The Source to the Songline; 05. Vals; 06. Divine Cosmody - Trip(tych) for Samuel Walsh: Lasti Inferno, List in Purgatory, Lost in 07. Paradise; 08. Kepler on the Run; 10. Vals 2; 11. Auf Valser Pfaden; 12. Pumpkinet(h)ics; 13. L.U.C.A. (Last Universal Common Ancestor) meets (M)arco Polo; 14. Little Drop; 15. What's the matter?; 16. Lost in Violin; 17. Pump & Circumstance; 18. Vals 3; 19. Black (W)hole; 20. Off Course; 21. Xednindex.


Pictures In A Gallery

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2007
Track listing: Live At The Rosengarten Collection, Lucerne, Sitzerland, December 12, 2002 1. O pen, to be (piano duo) 2:59; - Picasso Triptych: (Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973) 2) Aubade (after “The Morning Music”, 1967) 1:51 3) Pipe ou pas? (after “Standing Nude and Seated Man with Pipe”, 1968) 1:37 4) Amour fou (after “Rembrandtesque Figure and Cupid”, 1969) 1:29 5) Etude (after Paul Cézanne: “Study of bathers”, 1900-06) 2:34 6) Candy’n’Sky (after Wassily Kandinsky: “Multiple Forms”, 1936) 3:01 7) Dancer in the Sky (after Joan Miró: “Dancer II”, 1925) 2:33 - Klee Pentagram: (Paul Klee, 1879-1940) 8) Little X (after “X-chen/Little X“, 1938) 2:01 9) ABC (after “ABC für Wandmaler/ABC for Muralists”, 1938) 4:19 10) Full Moon (after “Vollmondopfer/Sacrifice at Full Moon”, 1933) 3:13 11) Lagoon (after “Lagunenstadt/Town on a Lagoon“, 1932) 2:24 12) Erosengart (after “Eros”, 1923) 3:21 13) Anyway - was there ever nothing? 6:24 14) The Rite of String (dedicated to Angela Rosengart) 3:13 15) You can‘t be Sirius! (piano duo) 2:17 16) Meditation on a Medieval Song (“Ach bitt‘rer Winter”, 1505) 4:50 17) Song of the Moon 2:04 18) Be flat 4:25 19) Paraph(r)ase (on Steve Reich‘s “Violin Phase“) 4:39 Live at Zapasnoj Palace, Pushkin, St.Petersburg/Russia, 24.6.1999 - Pushkin Heptagon: (Alexander Pushkin, 1799-1837) 20) Amazing Moment (after Pushkin’s poem “To ***”, 1825) 1:01 21) Clamorous Processions 2:17 22) Tempest 0:50 23) Drag in Strife 2:39 24) Waking Moment 1:34 25) Enchanting Light 1:27 26) Tender Tears 1:19 27) The last Waltz (Sergey Kuryokhin, 1954-1996) 2:54


Article: Album Review

John Wolf Brennan: Pictures In A Gallery

Read "Pictures In A Gallery" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Tempo fa ebbi l'occasione di fare una lunga chiacchierata con John Wolf Brennan. La cosa che mi colpì maggiormente di quella conversazione, nella quale parlammo principalmente di musica e cinema, fu che avevamo ascolti, visioni (in una parola: gusti), molto simili. Ascoltare questo album, e scoprire che anche sulla pittura condividiamo le stesse preferenze, non è ...


Time Jumps - Space Cracks

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: 1.Time Jumps 2.Subsculpture 3.Ron d


Momentum 3

Label: Leo Records
Released: 2002
Track listing: 2.n 3.t 5.r 7.i 8.on



Label: Leo Records
Released: 1999


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