Hot Four (Nor/Å ve)
Andreas Backer â€“ glas
David StackenÃ¤s â€“ kitare
Joe Williamson â€“ kontrabas
StÃ¥le Liavik Solberg â€“ bobni, tolkala
Hot Four igrajo svobodomiselno improvizirano komorno glasbo, s poudarkom na glasbenih teksturah in Å¡iroki dinamiki. Njihovo muziciranje temelji na evropski tradiciji improvizirane glasbe, modernega jazza in sodobne klasiÄne glasbe.
ÄŒlani zasedbe sodelujejo z vrsto skandinavskih glasbenikov:
Mats Gustafsson, Raymond Strid, Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Paul Lovens, John Russell, Axel DÃ¶rner, Sofia Jernberg, Sten Sandell, Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Ken Vandermark, Paal Nilssen-Love, Jim Oâ€™Rourke, Han Bennink, Steve Beresford, Roger Turner, Frode Gjerstad, Per Zanussiâ€¦
â€œTogether the four dive, head on, into a thick, intense exploration of various dynamics, textures and timbres. The notion of playing music receives a new meaning with these highly resourceful musicians. They enjoy the innocent and often eccentric, unattached to any musical conventions. A game-like process of playingâ€” finding and inventing sounds, shaping and mutating these sounds, collides these sounds without any preconceived ideas what might happen next, but react immediately to these sonic occurrences. Songs are performed with a rare collaborative and emphatic manner.
There is a delicate balance between all four players on the first, title-piece, that embraces a gentle flow of wordless, stream-of-consciousness vocals by Backer. This interplay changes course to one that is more dense on â€œAntler of the Moose,â€ where they establish a nervous, rhythmic world of sound. Nothing is conventional, not human vocals or those produced using extended techniques on drum skins, cymbals, or guitar and double bass bodies and strings. Still, it all sounds organic, nuanced and surprisingly coherent. This inventive, collective improvisation rests and adapts a spare, strangely distant and quiet interplay on â€œClaw of the Moose,â€ before the quartet finishes the live set with another arresting, noisy outburst.
A highly original and inventive quartet.â€
â€“ Eyal Hareuveni, All About Jazz
â€œIn spite of the bull moose on the cover artwork whose blood-red background and the dissection in four parts of the outline of the hugest member of deer family, itâ€™s neither a leaflet for butchers nor a christmassy idea of gift, even if the debut release by this fourtet is much more interesting than the invasion of records from mainstream musicians that majors normally led in this period by means of marketing necromancers!
The initiative got drawn up by talented Norwegian vocal artist Andreas Backer who grouped Stale Liavik Solberg, a brilliant drummer who was his mate at Stavanger music academy, Swedish guitarist David Stackenas â€“ we already met his name and his skills on some collaborative releases with Ernesto and Guilherme Rodrigues â€“ Canadian expat double bass player Joe Williamson together and recorded this amazing live session in Sweden, where they insert contemporary classical music, free-jazz and European improv hooks as well as a remarkable numer of sonic ideas in a blender that flushes amazing dynamics out.
The opening title-track â€œEye Of The Mooseâ€ manages to keep a certain poise as if they were trying to find a first cautious attunement, but things radically changes on the following tracks: â€œAntler Of The Mooseâ€ charges eardrums by means of twisted scratches, more dissonant interactions and swirling cracks and Backerâ€™s vocals brilliantly follows this gradual nervous breakdown and could sometimes surmise a preacher fighting against rising voltage of an electric chair; â€œClaw Of The Mooseâ€ digs into eardrums by the slow asphyxation that got rendered by gargling vocals, eruptive torsions and crumpled guitar strokes and the rattling final track â€œTail Of The Mooseâ€, where last and almost breathless vocal runs by Andreas meet the last amazing instrumental rush of popping mute hats, thundering double-bass and tangled mess of guitar tones.â€
â€“ Vito Camarretta, Chain D.L.K.
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