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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

World Dialogue

Label: RareNoiseRecords
Released: 2020
Track listing: Circular Lines; Chaconne; World Dialogue; Silesia.

Tranceportation (Volume 2)

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

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2020

Read "Mark Sullivan's Best Releases of 2020" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Despite the circumstances, this was a high volume year for album releases, rich in both quantity and quality. Mine is not a ranked listing, but more or less in reverse chronological order. Since I wrote fewer album reviews than average, for the first time I have included several releases that I did not review myself.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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 ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

Stephan Thelen's Fractal Guitar, Percy Jones, Tribal Tech and More

Read "Stephan Thelen's Fractal Guitar, Percy Jones, Tribal Tech and More" reviewed by Len Davis

Stephan Thelen represents some of the best Progressive, Ambient Rock Fusion today, be ready to immerse yourself in his music. Playlist Stephan Thelen “Briefing for a descent into hell" from Fractal Guitar (Moonjune) 00:00 Tunnels with Percy Jones “Bad American dream part 24" from Tunnels with Percy Jones (Buckyball) 24:27 Tribal Tech “Bo Fat" ...

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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Sonar With David Torn: Tranceportation (Volume 2)

Read "Tranceportation (Volume 2)" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

In 2018 avant-garde guitarist David Torn fell in with some good company, the Swiss group Sonar, founded by guitarist Stephan Thelen. The result was Vortex (RareNoiseRecords), featuring Torn, who, in his words, contributed: “Textural events that can sometimes go on for minutes...and then the solo voice becomes almost like the cherry on top." Sonar ...

Fractal Guitar Remixes and Extra Tracks

Label: MoonJune Records
Released: 2019
Track listing: Briefing For A Descent Into Hell (ST Remix); Fractal Guitar (ST Mix); Urban Nightscape (Bill Laswell Remix); Road Movie (ST Edit & Mix); Waves and Particles; Half Moon Bay; Beckoning Bells.

The Bill Laswell Mix Translations

Label: 7d Media
Released: 2019


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