release date: 30th September 2019
The best music is always created by singular musicians, as we have learned from the history of jazz. Tom Arthurs, Isambard Khroustaliov (the alias of Sam Britton) and Julian Sartorius are three of them in present times, and from them we can only expect the unexpected.Arthurs has a duo with Khroustaliov for some years now, documented on the album ‘Vaucanson’s Muse‘, and his collaborations with Sartorius aren’t new either, but what we heard from these duos didn’t prepare us for this trio.
Everything in ‘Hangkerum’ happens in the domains of subtlety, nuance and detail, and sometimes it’s difficult to understand who does what in the mix of timbres and textures or where composition stops and improvisation starts. All the materials are melted, even considering the foreign origins of all the musical references.
The muted trumpet sound is somewhat familiar to Miles Davis, but Arthurs couldn’t be more distant from the Dark Prince in his Kenny Wheeler-type soft approach to the instrument. His lines and flights make us remember John Taylor and Jimmy Giuffre, but also Berlin’s Echtzeitmusik scene, composers like Ligeti, Ferrari and Feldman, the pygmies of Central Africa, Brazilian popular music and David Sylvian.
Khroustaliov’s electronics may suggest the clinical research work done at IRCAM and STEIM, but also reflect his collaborations with Aphex Twin and Matthew Herbert.
A master of rhythmic patterns, Sartorius give us the very little, through repeated locked grooves, but also a unique perspective on amplification of the unheard, especially when manipulating non-musical objects. The result of the combination of these three inquisitive minds is astonishing.
1 Moumou 6:46
2 Schärme 5:41
3 Herrgöttli 10:07
4 Duch 11:06
5 Reréaux 20:19
Tom Arthurs – trumpets
Isambard Khroustaliov – electronics
Julian Sartorius – drums and percussion
Recorded at Studio Zatter, Bern, 9th December 2018 by Isambard Khroustaliov
Mixed and mastered at Coda to Coda, London by Isambard Khroustaliov and Will Worsley
Produced by Arthurs, Khroustaliov and Sartorius
Executive prodution by Pedro Costa for Trem Azul
Design by Travassos
Clean Feed CF539CD
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