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From Medieval to Live Evil: We're All Minimalists Now

Read "From Medieval to Live Evil: We're All Minimalists Now" reviewed by Kurt Ellenberger


A Brief History of the Minimalist Aesthetic Minimalism is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity."  Musically speaking, this translates to a few characteristics common to most pieces: Slow-moving or static harmony;Small number of repetitive and simple rhythmic figures;Use ...

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Bex Burch

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Bex Burch is percussionist and composer, specialising in the Dagaare xylophone or Gyil. Following a series of chance encounters and a keen interest in groove based music / minimalism Burch was invited to be the apprentice to master Ghanaian xylophonist Thomas Segkura and lived in Dagaare Ghana making and playing Gyilli for 3 years. On passing out of the apprenticeship, she was given the name ‘Vula Viel’, meaning Good is Good and shared the name with her first group on returning to the UK where she continues to forge her own unique sound. Forming Vula Viel in 2013, acclaimed releases ‘Good is Good’ 2015, ‘Do Not Be Afraid’ in 2019, ‘What’s Not Enough About That’ marked another major step in the evolution of Vula Viel

Album

Minimalist

Label: Seventh Lane Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Lake Forest Boulevard; Prelude 1; Embankment; Open Form; Prelude 2.

Musician

Vula Viel

Born:

"One of my discoveries for the 2015 London Jazz Festival.. Good is Good" Gilles Peterson "Beautiful" "Dance to it, Make Love to it, Consume it, Listen to it, Stare at the Clouds to it.." Iggy Pop "They were the unexpected stars of a glitzy show " John Fordham "One of the most exciting young UK groups I've heard this year, Vula Viel" Jez Nelson Bex Burch is percussionist and composer, specialising in the Dagaare xylophone or Gyil. Following a series of chance encounters and a keen interest in groove based music / minimalism Burch was invited to be the apprentice to master Ghanaian xylophonist Thomas Segkura and lived in Dagaare Ghana making and playing Gyilli for 3 years


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