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Marc Sinan: White

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Many of us won't understand all the scalar, metronomic, Lydian, meter, or modal intricacies and subtleties that guitarist Marc Sinan and clarinetist Oguz Buyukerber work off of or against, but for those seeking some kind of rhythm in our lives, it can be found it at times, and it flows. And on White the music flows entrancingly. Or, as Sinan states in the one sheet "blurs the distinction between the real and the surreal."

And that it does. Sinan's dreamily elastic, five-part "Upon Nothingness" suite incorporates electronics as well as field recordings of Armenian prisoners deported to Germany during WWI. Eery chants swell and fade amid the symbiotic wash of Sinan's heavily effected guitar and Buyukerber's dark, genre-defying clarinet. Yet the sound these two musicians create with intoxicating abandon exhibits the same detailed handiwork as antique lace. The interlocking weave of the five-part "There" only serves to enhance the overall mysteriousness and clarity. Blurring the lines, indeed.

Track Listing: upon nothingness, yellow: there I; upon nothingness, blue; there II; upon nothingness, green; there III; there IV; there V; upon nothingness, white; upon nothingness, red.

Personnel: Marc Sinan: guitar, electronics; Oguz Buyukerber: clarinet, bass clarinet, electronics.

Title: White | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: ECM Records

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