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Stephan Thelen

Guitarist and composer Stephan Thelen releases his debut album for Moonjune Records worldwide on January 18, 2019. It's an instrumental, post-progressive album co-produced by Markus Reuter (Stick Men), featuring guest appearances of many leading electric guitarists including David Torn, Markus Reuter, Henry Kaiser, Jon Durant, Bill Walker, Barry Cleveland and Matt Tate, as well as drummers/percussionists Benno Kaiser, Manuel Pasquinelli and Andi Pupato. Stephan Thelen is American born Swiss who composes, produces and performs music at the fringes of rock, jazz, experimental and classical music

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Transneptunian Planets

Label: RareNoiseRecords
Released: 2022
Track listing: Pluto; MakeMake; Quaoa; Haumea; Orcus; GongGong; Sedna; Eris.

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Article: Album Review

Mannheimer Schlagwerk: The Numbers are Dancing

Read "The Numbers are Dancing" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


The percussion ensemble Mannheimer Schlagwerk used Steve Reich's 2009 composition Mallet Quartet (Nonesuch Records, 2011) as a template for these commissioned compositions. Four mallet instruments form the core of all of this music (the basic instrumentation is two marimbas and two vibraphones), but each of the composers takes their own path (and in some cases expands ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ben Matthews, Greg Spero, Iwan Vanhetten, Simon Phillips, David Binney, Lost Tribe

Read "Ben Matthews, Greg Spero, Iwan Vanhetten, Simon Phillips, David Binney, Lost Tribe" reviewed by Len Davis


More from Australian pianist Ben Matthews, from his album From There To Here. Nicola Andrioli from Skylight , Greg Spero and David Binney. Playlist Ben Matthews “Or Had You Forgotten" from From There To Here (Self Produced) 00:00 Nicola Andrioli “Bright Spark" from Skylight (Heartcore) 07:06 Greg Spero “Straight Shooter" from The Chicago Experiment ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

A new release from Australian pianist Ben Matthews, Simon Phillips Protocol V and from the UK, Mysteries of the Revolution

Read "A new release from Australian pianist Ben Matthews, Simon Phillips Protocol V and from the UK, Mysteries of the Revolution" reviewed by Len Davis


A new release from Australian pianist Ben Matthews entitled from There To Here, Simon Phillips Protocol V and Mysteries Of The Revolution's new single.Playlist Stephan Thelen “Cosmic Krautrock" from Shooting For The Moon-prog Sampler (Moonjune) 00:00 Ben Matthews"Conduit" from From There To Here (Self Produced) 08:12 Simon Phillips-Protocol"Isosceles" from Protocol V (Phantom) 16:25 {Mysteries ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mark Lettieri, Fernando Molinari, Markus Reuter and Stephan Thelen

Read "Mark Lettieri, Fernando Molinari, Markus Reuter and Stephan Thelen" reviewed by Len Davis


New and recent releases from Mark Lettieri, Oliver Zisko, Fernando Molinari, Olga Konkova, Markus Reuter and Stephan Thelen.Playlist Mark Lettieri “Nebulae" from Deep:The Baritone Sessions Vol 2 (Ground Up) 00:00 Oliver Zisko"Travelin'" from Global Warming (Self Produced) 06:55 Fernando Molinari “Ocean Wind" from Reaching Inside (Self Produced) 13:48 Olga Konkova “The Man With A ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Markus Reuter, Stephan Thelen, Protocol and Oz Noy

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New releases from Stephan Thelen with Fractal Guitar 2-Remixes, Markus Reuter from Truce 2, Oz Noy and Nicola Andrioli.Playlist Markus Reuter"One Cut Suffices" from Truce 2 (Moonjune) 00:00 Stephan Thelen “Point Of Inflection" from Fractal guitar 2 Remixes (Moonjune) 06:30 Simon Phillips Protocol"When The Cat's Away" from Protocol 5 (Phantom) 13:10 Shawn Needham “DFUNK22" ...

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Article: Album Review

Stephan Thelen: Fractal Guitar 2 - Remixes

Read "Fractal Guitar 2 - Remixes" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


Guitarist & composer Stephan Thelen's experimental guitar-fest Fractal Guitar (MoonJune Records, 2019) was followed by Fractal Guitar Remixes And Extra Tracks (MoonJune Records, 2019), a substantially fresh look at the material, as well as an expansion. For the sequel Fractal Guitar 2 (Moonjune Records, 2021) Thelen produced an even more radical approach to contemporary guitar-driven music. ...

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Article: Year in Review

Mark Sullivan's Favorite Recordings of 2021

Read "Mark Sullivan's Favorite Recordings of 2021" reviewed by Mark Sullivan


2021 may have been a year best forgotten in many ways, as the pandemic continued to make “normal life" look like a distant memory. There was a brief bright spot after the introduction of the vaccines, only to be crushed by the emergence of the Delta variant, then the Omicron. Yet somehow there was plenty of ...

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John McLaughlin, Jeremy Green, Steve Hunt, Stephan Thelen and Dave Holland

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We continue with our random selections of new releases from 2021 including John McLaughlin, Steve Hunt, Stephan Thelen and Benjamin Croft. Playlist John McLaughlin “As The Spirit Sings" from Liberation Time (Abstract Logix) 00:00 Benjamin Croft “Brock" from Far & Distant Things (Ubuntu) 06:24 Jeremy Green “Michael And Me" from Standing 8 (Self Produced) ...


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