Category Archives: Avant Garde

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SUSANNE SUNDFOR.

The Life and Times Of Susanne Sundfør, Although Susanne Sundfør only embarked upon a musical career in 2005, the thirty-three year old is already one of Norway’s most successful singer, songwriter and producers. Her last four studio albums have topped the Norwegian charts, including her fifth album Music For People In Trouble which was released …

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THE NON BAND STORY

The Non Band Story. In the summer of 1978, a musical revolution took place in Japan, which changed music forevermore,..punk. The Japanese punk rockers were christened Tokyo Rockers, and initially were disregarded by the mainstream music industry. Record company executives made the mistake of thinking that the Japanese punk movement was just a passing fad, …

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IRMIN SCHMIDT-FROM CAN TO THE THE SOLO YEARS.

Irmin Schmidt-From Can To The Solo Years. After eleven years and eleven studio albums, Can called time on their career in 1979. By then, Can were rightly regarded as one of the most innovative bands of the Krautrock era. They had enjoyed an almost unrivalled longevity.  Can were formed in 1968, by Holger Czukay and …

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MICHAEL ROTHER- FLAMMENDE HERZEN, STERNTALER, KATZENMUSIK AND FERNWARME.

Michael Rother-Flammende Herzen, Sterntaler,Katzenmusik and Fernwärme. Label: Gronland Records. During the early seventies, the German music scene was thriving, and  was one of the most vibrant in Europe. Some of the most influential and innovative music was being recorded and released by German bands. This included the holy trinity of Can, Kraftwerk and Neu!. Along with Amon Düül …

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ELEPHANT9- PSYCHEDELIC BACKFIRE I AND PSYCHEDELIC BACKFIREII WITH REINE FISKE

Elephant9 -Psychedelic Backfire I and Psychedelic Backfire II With Reine Fiske. Label: Rune Grammofon. There aren’t many bands who release two albums on the same day, but that is what Elephant9 did recently, when they released Psychedelic Backfire I and Psychedelic BackfireII With Reine Fiske on Rune Grammofon. These two albums feature the return of one of finest Norwegian jazz groups …

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FIRE! ORCHESTRA-ARRIVAL

Fire! Orchestra-Arrival. Label: Rune Grammofon. When Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling and Andreas Werliin founded the Fire! Orchestra in 2011, it featured twenty-eight musicians and vocalists who were responsible for the ensemble’s impressive sound. Now eight years and as they release their fifth album Arrival on Rune Grammofon, its a slimmed down line-up that appears on the …

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STUBBLEMAN-MOUNTAINS AND PLAINS.

Stubbleman-Mountains and Plains. Label: Crammed Discs. Forty years ago, in 1979, Pascal Gabriel aka the groundbreaking and maverick composer and producer Stubbleman, moved from his home in a Belgium to London. The former punk musician joined a series of experimental art school bands, which was the start of a voyage of discovery that led to …

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DARK STAR SAFARI BY JAN BANG, ERIK HONORE, EIVIND AARSET, SAMUEL ROHRER.

Dark Star Safari by Jan Bang, Erik Honoré, Eivind Aarset, Samuel Rohrer. Label: Arjunamusic Records. Jan Bang, Erik Honoré and Eivind Aarset are among the leading lights of Norway’s vibrant music scene, and are know for creating ambitious, innovative and progressive music that pushes musical boundaries to its limits. So is forty-two year old Swiss …

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THE CAREER OF MUSICAL INNOVATOR STEVE TIBBETTS

The Career Of Musical Innovator Steve Tibbetts. Although Minnesota born composer and guitarist Steve Tibbetts signed to ECM Records in 1981, the  pioneer of sound-forming has only released nine albums for Manfred Eicher’s Munich-based label. They showcase the talents of  musical innovator Steve Tibbetts. Steve Tibbetts  was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1954, and growing up, was introduced to the …

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OSC MEETS BMC-FREAK OUT IN THE FJORD

OSC Meets BMC-Freak Out In The Fjord. Label: Space Rock Productions. Some seven years ago, brothers Øyvin and Vemund Engan founded the psychedelic space rock band Black Moon Circle, and since then, this talented band from Trondheim, in Norway, have released six albums. Six became seven when Black Moon Circle and Øresund Space Collective released their first collaboration …

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ORNETTE COLEMAN’S ATLANTIC YEARS.

Ornette Coleman’s Atlantic Years. Just under four years ago, on June 11th 2015, that Ornette Coleman passed away, aged eighty-five. Music had lost a true legend, whose album Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation lent its name to a musical genre, free jazz. It’s the genre that Ornette Coleman became synonymous with. However, two years earlier, …

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MOGWAI.

The Life and Times Of Mogwai. The Mogwai story which began in 1991, when Stuart Braithwaite and Dominic Aitchison met in Scotland’s musical capital, Glasgow. Four years later, they met drummer Martin Bulloch and formed Mogwai, which film buffs will remember, is a character from the movie Gremlins. Mogwai was always meant as a temporary name, …

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STEVE TIBBETTS-HIS ECM RECORDS YEARS.

Steve Tibbetts-His ECM Records Years. Ever since Minnesota born composer and guitarist Steve Tibbetts signed to ECM Records in 1981, the  pioneer of sound-forming has only released nine albums for Manfred Eicher’s Munich-based label. These albums document the career of a musical innovator who was introduced to music at an early age. Steve Tibbetts was born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1954, and …

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THE LIFE AND TIMES Of LARAAJI.

The Life and Times Of Laraaji, Laraaji’s career has spanned five decades, and during that period, the American multi-instrumentalist has released around forty albums and countless collaborations. Many of these albums were self released by Laraaji on cassettes, and feature his unique and inimitable genre-melting sound. This is best described as a fusion of ambient, …

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THREE DECADES OF POPOL VUH.

Three Decades Of Popol Vuh. In West Germany in the early seventies, a number of groundbreaking bands were formed including one of the most important, innovative and influential bands in the history of German music, Popol Vuh. Over the next three decades Popol Vuh. established a reputation for releasing ambitious and innovative  music that influenced the next generation of musicians. This was the case from the release of Popol Vuh’s 1970 debut …

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ØYWIND TORVUND-THE EXOTICA ALBUM.

Øyvind Torvund-The Exotica Album. Label: Hubro Music. With some albums, nothing is as at seems as a myriad of disparate sounds assail the listener leaving them wondering what was that I heard? It was, wasn’t it? Surely not? It was. This argument rages on as they contemplate the music that they’ve just heard. That is …

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IF YOU’RE NOT PART OF THE SOLUTION-SOUL, POLITICS AND SPIRITUALITY IN JAZZ 1967-1975.  

If You’re Not Part Of The Solution-Soul, Politics and Spirituality In Jazz 1967-1975. Label: BGP. By the late sixties, jazz like the blues was at a crossroads and both genres risked becoming irrelevant to a new breed of record buyers. The problem was, that jazz was no longer as popular as it had once been, …

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THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE BETA BAND

The Life and Times Of The Beta Band. The Beta Band was formed in Edinburgh in 1996, and a year later, in July 1997 released their Champion Versions EP, which was the first of a trio of innovative EP’s the folktronica pioneers released. In March 1998 The Beta Band released their sophomore EP The Patty Patty Sound, with Los Amigos …

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MAJA S.K. RATKJE-SULT

Maja S. K. Ratkje-Sult. Rune Grammofon. By the time Maja S. K. Ratkje graduated from the Norwegian Academy of Music in 2000, the twenty-seven year old had already won one of the most prestigious awards in Norwegian music, an Edvardprisen. This came in 1999, when Waves 11b won an Edvardprisen in the contemporary music minor …

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DIETER MOEBIUS-THE POST CLUSTER YEARS

Dieter Moebius-The Post Cluster Years. Ten years after Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius formed Cluster in 1971, the first chapter in the Cluster story drew to a close 1981, after the release of their seventh studio album, Curiosum. Hans-Joachim Roedelius said: “Cluster had run its course. We decided to concentrate on other projects. There was …

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