Allt Är Intet
"The exciting balance of diverse influences and cogent spirit makes Allt Är Intet feel like the work of a firmly united yet limitless group, which The End has undoubtedly become. “We all have varied and polarized tastes and quite inverted sides,” Møster admits. “Mats can play extremely subtle and articulated, but he can also be a storm. Sofia has an incredible soul and presence but also can generate these wild sounds. We all have very opposite sides in us but we manage to bring them together in a way that feels good for all of us.” "
"There is an unsettling darkness at work in Billow. It is not the black romanticism of teenage depression, but the discomfort that pops up at turning points, the discomfort from reading ghost stories, the short gasp when you stare down a cliff. Maybe all hallucinations that seem too real. Despite the bleakness and even hints of violence (bones get broken, curtains burn), the songs retain a slightly surreal vibe and scattered moments of fragile nakedness (“Sunflowerbby”). While many aspiring singer-songwriters attempt to get it all out at once and end up with over-wrought songs that try to convey too much, there’s a refreshing spirit and compactness to these songs. It is an intriguing and inventive series of stories and dreams, set to carefully crafted music. Elusive, suggestive and unvarnished, yet always heavy with a promise of both adventure and unease, because, as Hessels repeats in “Welter”: “Luck is everyone in disorder”. ” -Guy Peters, September 2018"
""About the most exciting thing John Herndon had been involved in since the days of Tortoise glory. Evacuate the funk-punkers and chilly trippers in crisis and forget about your El Guapo's and Gang Gang Dances, the Eternals are here to subtly dissect psychedelic rhythms and emit deconstructed ambiences with a oneiric groove to severely hijack your serotonine and dopamine fuel for a long time..." -RateYourMusic"
Frank Gratkowski & Elisabeth Harnik
""Elisabeth Harnik, an Austrian based pianist and composer has created a multi-faceted body of work by blurring genre boundaries through various collaborations in the field of improvised music, interdisciplinary projects and contemporary compositional works. She studied classical piano and later – with Beat Furrer – composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz. As an improviser she works within an electro-acoustic inspired sound-world, using specific preparations and extended techniques while pushing the limitations of the piano. Amongst others she has collaborated with Frank Gratkowski, Dave Rempis & Michael Zerang, Joelle Leandre and Ken Vandermark. Frank Gratkowski was born in hamburg in 1963 and studied saxophone in Cologne. Apart from being a soloist in many ensembles, he also performs solo. In 1995 he founded the Frank Gratkowski Trio which since 2000 has been expanded to a quartet. In 2020, Gratkowski performed duos with Elisabeth Harnik both at Klangspuren festival in Austria as well as the Loft in Cologne, Germany. The tracks off this album were recorded there and were mastered in 2021 for CD release.""
""The atmosphere of Cher is similar to the one of Disquiet but more intimate, introspective and clearly melancholic. Kurzmann’s highly imaginative way of reframing literary quotes, politics and pop culture within the poetic soundscapes ranges this time from a recitation of American poet Langston Hughes’ “Dreams”. Beautiful and moving." -Eyal Hareuveni, Free Jazz Blog"
Merzbow / Mats Gustafsson / Balázs Pándi
""I don’t know if it is true to say that this is the best record the trio (quartet) ever made. It is a surprise. It is amazing to see (hear) these musicians take a bold step in a new direction without loosing everything they are known for. Without loosing intensity." -Daniel Boker, Free Jazz Blog"
Dafeldecker / Kurzmann / Drumm / eRikm / dieb13 / Noetinger
Dafeldecker / Kurzmann / Drumm / eRikm / dieb13 / Noetinger
""The first release on clarinetist and laptopper Christof Kurzmann's Charhizma imprint in 1999 teamed him up with Polwechsel's Werner Dafeldecker on double bass and electronics and guests Kevin Drumm, Christian Fennesz, and Jim O'Rourke. On this follow-up album, with the same garish fluorescent (green this time) cover art by Fineder and Winkler, Dafeldecker and Kurzmann are joined by Drumm, eRikm, Dieb13, and Jérôme Noetinger on various electronic devices. Sourced from concert recordings from Berlin, Graz, and Vienna in 2000 and 2001, the five tracks are mixed together to form a continuous 48 minute arc of music that disappears down a hole only to return eight minutes later with the obligatory ghost track (yawn) to round off the total CD duration to exactly one hour. The dark, woody tones of Dafeldecker's bass and flutters of Kurzmann's fragile clarinet fit well with Noetinger's lo-fi electronics and Dieb13's gritty turntablism, and Kurzmann's affection for techno is evident from time to time in his fondness for gently clicking loops. The album is sedate but not without touches of humor, notably from Marseille DJ eRikm's prepared piano and shotgun samples." -Dan Warburton, All Music"
Dafeldecker / Kurzmann / Fennesz / O'Rourke / Drumm / Siewert
Dafeldecker / Kurzmann / Fennesz / O'Rourke / Drumm / Siewert
Days To Be Told
"This is not a music built with drama or dependent on punch lines for its engagement with the listener. It is an album born of a modern jazz that knows its days are numbered, but not necessarily in any recognizable sequence. It is a walking daydream of precision-discipline and grit. A moment in movement captured in a recording studio in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn on an early autumn afternoon, Days to be Told is an opportunity to listen with artists who are playing the miraculous precision of hearing as a tool for social reconstruction and planetary rebirth." -Thomas Stanley "
Christof Kurzmann / Sofia Jernberg / Joe Williamson / Mats Brandlmayr
""There are rare bands that succeed in materializing a sonic and poetic vision at the right time and at the right location as Disquiet does. Disquiet is a quartet formed and lead by Kurzmann for the 2018 edition of the Konfrontationen festival and featuring vocalist Sofia Jernberg (of Mats Gustafsson’s Fire! Orchestra), drummer Martin Brandlmayr (of Radian) and double bass player Joe Williamson." -Eyal Hareuveni, Free Jazz Blog"
El Infierno Musical (A Tribute to Alejandra Pizarnik)
El Infierno Musical
""The album brings a clear structure filled with improvised parts, masterly played by perfectly coordinated musicians, who take advantage of their miscellaneous musical histories and styles. Were we to analyse the whole in bits and pieces, we would find a variety of genres, but all has been put together in a close dramaturgy that makes the songs cyclical and indescribable in terms of genre. Not only the musical idea evolves here, it is also subject to metamorphoses in several blocks, often counterpoint, which bring about its final appearance in its pure form again." -Petr Vrba"
"The aforementioned adventurist listeners may come for the message, but stay for the music, or come for the music and stay for the message. Adasiewicz adds his vibraphone and horn arrangements for Berman, Leoine, and Mazzarella. All are well proportioned and groovy-heavy. The nine tracks flow from chorale opening to the afro-beat section, to the pop hooks, and some tightly arranged horns that spill out into improvised thunder of driving bass and percussion. -Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"
Silke Eberhard, Dave Rempis, Kent Kessler & Mike Reed
""This set was a particular highlight of the event, with the longstanding connections between the three Chicagoans providing the perfect springboard for Eberhard to bounce off. As a front line, she and Rempis proved to be completely simpatico - knowing how to lay back, how to tease interweaving lines from one another, and how to dive in on a full-on burn when needed. And Kessler and Reed as always prove to be the perfect accompanists." -Aerophonic Records"
"“Featuring” is a release of “Puzzlemusik” label. Album was recorded by five jazz stars – it’s Phil Vachsman (violin, live electronics), Paul Lytton (drums, percussion, live electronics, home-made instruments), Sten Sandell (piano), Floros Floridis (clarinet, bass clarinet) and Nate Wooley (trumpet). "
Fluteophone and Piano Harpa
"“2 short (!) solos on fluteophone and pianoharpa. perhaps the first time in the history of music that this combination of instruments are used ??!! nevertheless —- released as we breathe! -Mats Gustafsson”"
Ab Baars Trio
""The Ab Baars Trio embodies the heights improvisational music can scale. The trio glides effortlessly between delicately detailed and gently intricate work and the geometrically grandiose, but never falls prey to sneering gaudiness. The trio’s creations, when at their peak, are transcendent works created by true soulmates of sound." -Barb Stewart "
Zeena Parkins / Mette Rasmussen / Ryan Sawyer
"Zeena Parkins, Mette Rasmussen and Ryan Sawyer in a new formation voicing string, breath and bell, harp, horn and drum speaking sparkling messages and hand-written letters of a Chain of New Hopes, back and forth, from the past and future dreams of a world in which efficiency would not be and will not be, the way to justice."
Gusts Against Particles
Joe Morris & Damon Smith
"This LP is the first release for Open Systems and is a limited, hand numbered edition of 200 copies. "Gusts Against Particles needs to be taken literally. Airborne particles move in random ways under the power of wind. When is alive, it sometimes swims against the tide." - Kenneth Blanchard"
Johnson / Rempis / Abrams / Spencer / Cunningham
"This one-off quintet grouping was featured as part of a month-long Tuesday night residency organized by saxophonist Dave Rempis and drummer Jeremy Cunningham at The Whistler in Chicago – a venue that’s become home to a broad array of musicians in the Chicago jazz scene. Each week in February 2019, the two curated a different quintet lineup featuring two horns, bass, and two drummers. Aside from the musicians featured on this recording, made during the second week of the residency, other musicians involved included Avreeayl Ra, Mars Williams, Katie Ernst, Quin Kirchner, Ayana Woods, and Tyler Damon."
"This Chicago group once again crafts a seamless blending of dub, funk, and punk into a thick, hazy, immersive listen. -Jason Crock, Pitchfork"
High Anxiety Remix
"Remixing eliminates a lot of the ambient noise and fuzz that the Eternals play with in their studio albums, but this actually works to their benefit, because High Anxiety is able to retain that gritty, urban, experimental feel (that could only be in a post-industrial Rustbelt city like Chicago) while offering a more produced, or at least tighter, sound. -Marisa Brown, All Music"
Fred Lonberg-Holm / Luis Lopes / Ståle Liavik Solberg
""Throughout they keep things intense and emotional. They don't spoil their energy but channel it in over the top manoeuvres during their dangerous mission. For sure, they know what mission they are on." -vital Weekly"
"All donations received from the sale of this recording will go to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) [https://www.naacpldf.org], "America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 80 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments. LDF’s mission has always been transformative: to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.""
Komen & Gaan
ICP Septet + Joris Roelofs + Terrie Ex
""Much of the album is devoted to improvisations by subgroups that are by turns impelled by collegiality and bristling with challenge. They differ nearly as much from one another as they all do from the twice-visited, Ellingtonian pastiche, “De Linkershoen, De Rechtershoen” (The Left Shoe, the Right Shoe). While it might have been more fun to be there, sneaking drinks from the bottles on the tables while the musicians played with and provoked one another, the music’s mercurial progress is amusement enough to put a smile on your face." -Bill Meyer, Dusted Magazine"
Live At The Underflow Record Store And Art Gallery
""This album is a revelation - it is new venture yet it somehow seems completely right for the musicians involved. The real joy of this music is partly the realism because every breath, holler, key flub and percussive sound is heard and felt by the listener. The process of creation is almost tangible. It fits right in with what I know of Gustafsson and his constant search for the discarding of tags, of labels and the freedom to simply create, to be in the music and work with sounds. He seems to have found two completely like-minded musicians in Grubbs and Mazurek and the huge attraction of this music is the partly self-absorbed way the musicians let go, the guitar proving clever, intuitive and yet very creative, the trumpet fizzing and crazily blazing its own path. But also the way the three musicians work together, creating opposite and also united patterns, walking the same path and then veering off on their own journey but ultimately coming together. This is not in any way confusing music. It is honest, open and clear. It is wonderfully OK and a taste of what is to come as this trio grow together." -Sammy Stein, Free Jazz Blog"
Sylvie Courvoisier / Ned Rothenberg / Julian Sartorius
"Without a leader, and enlisting compositions from all the three members, this music reflects the present pandemic context, as the title, “Lockdown”, clearly suggests. There’s a reflexive and introspective approach all along, with exquisite writing serving the collective improvisations and enabling lots of space for each musician to develop his/her own ideas. "
Orchester 33 1/3
""Orchester 33 1/3's Maschine Brennt is a distinctly post-modern free recording, built on a foundation of extensive improvisation, but with an electronics section headed by Christian Fennesz (courtesy of Mego Recordings) and Christoff Kurzmann, among others. The hour-long album ranges far and wide across jazz and avant-garde; in fact, the 40 minute title track (an homage to Max Brand) veers from absurdist free-jazz bleatings by horns and reeds to slinky, paranoid lounge-jazz to a series of vocal features pitched halfway between Paul Robeson and Tom Waits. Needless to say, Maschine Brennt is a challenging, innovative work, though it will take adventurous listeners to enjoy this as much as they respect it." -John Bush, All Music"
""Morph is a significant statement, with two albums worth of diverse material to delve into, ranging from diaphanous detailed sound spaces to darkly epic monuments, providing hours of listening." -Olle Lawson, Free Jazz Blog"
"Nedresa is the title of the 10″ vinyl Single that precedes the release of The End‘s latest album."
Elisabeth Harnik & Christoff Kurzmann
"All donations received from the sale of this album will go to the Flüchtlingsprojekt Ute Bock ("Refugee Project Ute Bock") "
""Rawar Style is more aggressive & direct than past Eternals offerings. A strong urban feeling is present throughout the record with their tracks rushing past you as if you were standing in the median of a large city street. The sounds of sirens, radios and partial conversations, take their place as portions of a sonic landscape. This music exists as a result of the environments it grew up in. Raised near the projects of punk & hip hop, but edged out at the onset of gentrification, the music doesn't call either neighborhood home. It is easy to imagine that dancehall, Tropicalia, improvised experimental music and electronic music live as tenants in the same building as the music made by The Eternals. The collective musical community provides the inspiration for the rhythms and tones found on the record. The social and political climate inspires the timbre. Rawar Style has a politicized energy that living in a big city in America can give you.""
Searching for the Disappeared Hour
Sylvie Courvoisier & Mary Halvorson
""Courvoisier and Halvorson reach across the specifics of their approach to celebrate a mutuality of taste: of melodic shapes, of rhythmic structures, of harmonic color. The most pleasurable moments, though, come not when they’re reaching forward, but when they’re touching back—Courvoisier quoting Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata in “Golden Proportion,” Halvorson playing off “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” at the top of “Faceless Smears”—because it reminds us that, however radical their approach, these two are very much part of an ongoing tradition." -J.D Considine, JazzTimes"
Sound American No. 27: The Life Issue
"The Life Issue contributors include claire rousay, who writes about the many cuts accumulated while learning something new; pedal steel superhero Susan Alcorn recounts a battle with injury; composer Jack Langdon offers Sound American’s second fiction offering, a story of how the pandemic affects a fictional musician, presenter, and listener; composer Lea Bertucci interviews improvising vocalist Audrey Chen about identity, commitment to music, and motherhood; bass clarinetist Katie Porter lets us in on a quarantine’s worth of deep-questioning and the looping beauty of banality."
stem flower root
"This limited edition download and chapbook set features the first composition released from Nate Wooley's For/With commissioning series and festival. Written specifically for Wooley, Michael Pisaro-Liu has built a lush and natural bed of sinetones upon which the trumpet blends and emphasizes spectral colors through the use of different mutings before taking off in some of Pisaro-Liu's most intimate and lyrical writing to date. The trumpet returns at the end to add gravity to the sinetones, bringing the piece to a quietly exultant end. "
Chaos Echoes with Mats Gustafsson
""Gustafsson is his magnificent self: well-paced, precise and howling and roaring like only he can do it, expressing all the deepest emotions of torment and doom and pain that he can muster. And the French band is throughout at the same high level, keeping the unique sound steady and terrifying, without losing themselves in unnecessary excursions, which gives the whole improvisation that compact and coherent sense of direction that the listener's last minute is arriving, steadily, slowly, in all its horrifying terror." -Stef Gijssels, Free Jazz Blog"
The Air Between
""The low rumbles in the last third and the sharp blows that came before them evoke a war-like atmosphere, but that's as far the parallel between text and music can go. Kurzmann has quite a talent for sound organization, but the piece still has a couple of stretches where the mind wanders off because of the narrow sound palette, but overall The Air Between provides a captivating listen." -Francoise Couture, All Music"
The Broadcasting System
"The Broadcasting System is a masterful example of the long standing affinity between punk rock and Jamaican music. -Joshua Glazer, All Music"
The Long Haul
Rempis Percussion Quartet
"This live recording from 2011 by the longstanding working band The Rempis Percussion Quartet documents a period of work in between two previous releases - 2010's Montreal Parade, and 2013's Phalanx - the first release ever put out on Aerophonic Records! Here we find a band live onstage, and ready to roll for what had increasingly become a rare "hometown" performance after Flaten moved away from Chicago a few years earlier. Situated at the legendary Hideout, a warm Chicago venue that served as a home base every Wednesday night from 2006-2014 for the improvised music scene locally, nationally, and internationally, the band was comfortable, fired up, and ready to go for the occasion. We're very happy to present this previously undocumented era in the band's development for the first time."
The Oslo Tapes
Mats Gustafsson & Lasse Marhaug
""Mats Gustafsson, aka King Skronk, aka Skronkmeister General, aka The Skronk Controller, aka Squeaky Pete, aka Skronkmaster Flash, joins forces with another experimental giant Lasse Marhaug (aka The Ear Destroyer, aka Mr Skreee, aka Electro Crunch Bastard, aka Testicle Hazard) on this sanity-obliterating collaboration. Squeaky reeds go head to head against fluttering, hissing, rotting reels in a shrill, broken, fluttering noise experiment.""
The Strobe Sessions
The Rempis / Rosaly Duo
"This unheard album was recorded back in January 2012, as a follow-up to longtime musical partners Dave Rempis and Frank Rosaly’s 2009 duo debut Cyrillic on 482 Music. After recording, mixing, and mastering the record, 482 Music declined this second release, leaving the record unheard until now. That experience was one of the reasons Rempis decided to start his own imprint, Aerophonic Records, in 2013. Heard here for the first time, the album holds up almost ten years later as a testament to the deeply empathetic relationship that these two sensitive improvisers have both had naturally, and also worked hard to develop further. And it helps to fill in some history between that first release, and 2020’s Codes/Myths on Aerophonic."
To Be an Animal of Real Flesh
""Extremes collide on this album, and the results are not always the best one could have expected, but To Be an Animal of Real Flesh has its moments and enigmas to offer." -Francoise Couture, All Music"
Fred Lonberg-Holm / Abdul Moimême / Carlos Santos
""Chicago-based cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm has long been in the vanguard of free improvisation. But along with free jazz, he has recorded in the rock and country genres, and composed concert works. He is joined on Transition Zone by two leaders of Lisbon's creative music scene. Dual-electric guitarist/composer Abdul Moimême and electronics artist/composer Carlos Santos bring their extraordinary abilities to create ethereal soundscapes to this impressive project." -Karl Ackermann, All About Jazz"
Zeena Parkins & Wobbly
"Triplicates is a series of improvisations between Zeena Parkins, playing her singular electric harp, and Jon Leidecker, aka Wobbly, playing an instrument that generates electrical feedback."
Where Will We Live Now?
"On this their second 12", The Eternals refine their sonic palette. Gearing up for the next millennium, The Eternals are ready for any sound clash that may come. They can be raucous at their most spare and melodic at their most cluttered. Reggae, Jazz and Soul still reign supreme in the world of The Eternals, but it is the spaces between the genres that most intrigue the band. Rhythms (care of percussion, bass and drums) are used to explore melody, tension and texture. Organ, synthesizer and vocals swirl around and stab at the songs that travel from here to other worlds. The Eternals find intensity in the most unlikely places with the most unlikely methods. The trio deftly modulates and changes as the listener holds on for the ride. From the plaintiff melodic stroll of Augustus Pablo to the aggressive rhythmic stride of The Headhunters, The Eternals travel the globe but reside in the unknown."