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Besides being passionate musicians, SONAR’s four members Stephan Thelen (guitar), Bernhard Wagner (guitar), Christian Kuntner (electric bass) and Manuel Pasquinelli (drums) have backgrounds as diverse as performance art, software engineering, and mathematics, all adding to the eclectic mix of influences that make up this truly unique band. The group SONAR was born in 2010. The two Zürich-based guitarists Stephan and Bernhard met one evening when Stephan was playing and Bernhard was in the audience. They immediately found that they shared many common interests, so it wasn’t long before they started playing together. They key idea for the musical concept came, when Stephan remembered that he once tuned his guitar in tritones in order to perform a piece that otherwise would have been technically impossible to play

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A random selection of the best new releases from 2020 - Part 2

Read "A random selection of the best new releases from 2020 - Part 2" reviewed by Len Davis

We continue with a selection of some of the best new releases from 2020 Playlist Oz Noy “Groovin" from Snapdragon (Abstract Logix) 00:00 Marcus Klossek Electric Trio “Done" from Time Was Now (Double Moon) 06:11 Cindy Blackman Santana “We Came to Play" from Give the Drummer Some (Copperline Music) 12:26 Derek Sherinian “Dragonfly" from The Phoenix ...

Tranceportation (Volume 2)

Label: RareNoiseRecords
Released: 2020
Track listing: Triskaidekaphilia; Tranceportation; Slowburn; Cloud Chamber.

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Stephan Thelen: World Dialogue

Read "World Dialogue" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Stephan Thelen's compositions for his band Sonar have a minimalist groove that clearly relates to other groups in the experimental sphere like Swiss pianist and composer Nik Bärtsch's band Ronin. These works for string quartet are not stylistically far removed from Thelen's Sonar music, but the classical chamber music context establishes them in the world occupied ...

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Sonar with David Torn: Tranceportation (Volume 2)

Read "Tranceportation (Volume 2)" reviewed by Claudio Bonomi

L'avvolgente e ipnotica spirale della ritmica di “Triskaidekaphilia" cattura subito l'orecchio più distratto e trasporta l'ascoltatore nel mondo sotterraneo e potente dei Sonar, quartetto svizzero capitanato da Stephan Thelen che qui, per la terza volta, unisce le proprie forze insieme a quelle di David Torn, improvvisatore e chitarrista sperimentale di fama internazionale il cui sodalizio con ...

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Sonar: Tranceportation (Volume 1)

Read "Tranceportation (Volume 1)" reviewed by Vic Albani

Della serie: “Caro signor Torn, siamo una band svizzera molto ispirata dalle opere di quel grande genio dell'immagine che risponde al nome di Maurits Cornelis Escher e più ci pensiamo, più realizziamo che se a lei interessassero le nostre geometrie sonore saremmo davvero contenti di realizzare i nostri sogni sonori con lei." Torn non se lo ...

Sonar With David Torn: Tranceportation (Volume 1 - 2)

Read "Sonar With David Torn: Tranceportation (Volume 1 - 2)" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Swiss art rock/minimalist band Sonar have been collaborating with American guitarist/live looper David Torn since their album Vortex (RareNoiseRecords, 2018). After that they documented live performance together with Live At Moods (7d Media, 2018), and Torn also played a prominent role in Sonar leader Stephan Thelen's Fractal Guitar (MoonJune Records, 2019). Torn had come ...

Tranceportation (Volume 1)

Label: RareNoiseRecords
Released: 2019
Track listing: Labyrinth; Partitions; Red Sky; Tunnel Drive.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sonar With David Torn: Tranceportation (Volume 1)

Read "Tranceportation (Volume 1)" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The Swiss band Sonar released Vortex (RareNoiseRecords) in 2018, bringing American avant-garde guitarist David Torn along for the ride. The addition of a third guitar to Sonar's two guitar / bass / drums lineup was a crunchy, hypnotic, funk-grooving, hard-driving multi-layered success. A follow-up of sorts, Tranceportation (Volume 1) brings more of the same, and then ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar Remixes and Extra Tracks

Read "Fractal Guitar Remixes and Extra Tracks" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Swiss guitarist-composer Stephan Thelen (leader of the band Sonar) released his first solo album Fractal Guitar (Moonjune Records, 2019) to great acclaim. This remix album offers a dramatic new look at four of the original five tracks--only “Radiant Day" is skipped--as well as adding three new tracks from Thelen and two collaborators. The remix ...


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