Category Archives: Classical

JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON-30 YEARS MAKING MUSIC

Jóhann Jóhannsson-30 Years Making Music. It was whilst studying languages and literature at university in Reykjavík, that Jóhann Jóhannsson’s musical career began. He was just eighteen when he joined his first indie rock band in 1987. Over the next few years, Jóhann Jóhannsson played with several indie rock bands in Reykjavík’s vibrant and thriving music …

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BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 4.

BEST NEW ALBUMS OF 2016-PART 4. Jóhann Jóhannsson-Ophee On Orphée, Jóhann Jóhannsson’s turned his attention to the beauty and the process of creation. Orphée features Jóhann Jóhannsson tracing a path from darkness into light. Inspiration for Orphée comes from the opéra bouffe Orphée aux enfers (Orpheus in the Underworld). It was written by Ludovic Halévy, …

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ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1973-1977.

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1973-1977. In 1970, Birmingham based songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Jeff Lynne and Roy Wood decided to form a new band with drummer Bev Bevan. This new group they christened the Electric Light Orchestra.  At first, the Electric Light Orchestra was regarded as an offshoot of The Move, which Jeff Lynne, …

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JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON-ORPHEE.

JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON-ORPHEE. It was whilst studying languages and literature at university in Reykjavík, that Jóhann Jóhannsson’s musical career began. He was just eighteen when he joined his first indie rock band in 1987. Over the next few years, Jóhann Jóhannsson played with several indie rock bands in Reykjavík’s vibrant and thriving music scene. Little did …

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JON BALKE-WARP.

JON BALKE-WARP.  There aren’t many twelve year olds that switch from classical music to the blues. That’s apart from the Norwegian pianist Jon Balke. He grew up learning to play classical piano. However, by the time he was twelve, Jon Balke was ready to turn his back on Bach and Beethoven. The year was 1967, and psychedelia …

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IRMIN SCHMIDT-ELECTRO VIOLET BOX SET-IMPORT.

IRMIN SCHMIDT-ELECTRO VIOLET BOX SET-IMPORT. One of the most eagerly awaited box sets of 2015 was Irmin Schmidt’s twelve disc career retrospective, Electro Violet. It was released by Mute Records in December 2015. However, only 1,000 copies of Electro Violet were available. They were like gold dust and finding one of the Electro Violet box sets wasn’t …

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IRMIN SCHMIDT-ELECTRO VIOLET BOX SET.

IRMIN SCHMIDT-ELECTRO VIOLET BOX SET. 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 Irmin Schmidt. …

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ANTHONY PHILLIPS-PRIVATE PARTS AND PIECES I-IV.

ANTHONY PHILLIPS-PRIVATE PARTS AND PIECES I-IV. Many people think that the home studio is a new thing. That’s not the case. Musicians were recording music at home way DAWs and laptops began to play an important part in the recording process. Anthony Phillips is proof of that. Anthony Phillips started experimenting with a basic reel-to-reel …

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TUXEDOMOON AND THE CULT WITH NO NAME- BLUE VELVET REVISITED.

TUXEDOMOON AND THE CULT WITH NO NAME- BLUE VELVET REVISITED. After the commercial and critical failure of Dune in 1984, David Lynch knew that his next film had to make an impression on critics and filmgoers. There was no buts. So David Lynch made a conscious decision to write a much more personal story. The …

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ASAMISIMASA PLAYS THE MUSIC OF ØYVIND TORVUND.

ASAMISIMASA PLAYS THE MUSIC OF ØYVIND TORVUND. Øyvind Torvund isn’t like other composers and musicians. Instead, he’s a musical pioneer. That’s been the case since Øyvind Torvund graduated from the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Berlin University of the Arts. Since then, the thirty-nine year old Norwegian has been pushing musical boundaries to their limits. …

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TONY BANK-A CHORD TOO FAR BOX SET.

TONY BANK-A CHORD TOO FAR BOX SET. Too often, Tony Banks is referred to as “the keyboard player from Genesis.” This is doing the sixty-five year old a huge disservice. Tony Banks is a multi-instrumentalist, whose just as comfortable playing guitar as his playing piano, Hammond organ, synths or Mellotron. Seamlessly, Tony Banks could switch …

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SOAPKILLS-THE BEST OF SOAPKILLS.

SOAPKILLS-THE BEST OF SOAPKILLS. Ten years ago, that Soapkills, one of the most influential and innovative bands in Lebanese musical history split-up. Soapkills were a trailblazing band, and one of the first indie bands to emerge from the Middle East’s nascent music scene. Since then, Soapkills’ music has continued to influence a new generation of …

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HUNTSVILLE-POND.

HUNTSVILLE-POND. Ever since 2006, Huntsville have established a reputation as one of the most innovative, inventive and imaginative bands in Europe. For the past nine years, Huntsville have been seamlessly been combining musical genres and influences. In doing so, musical boundaries are pushed to their limits, and sometimes, way beyond. Never do Huntsville play things …

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JOZEF VAN WISSEM-IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO RETURN.

JOZEF VAN WISSEM-IT IS TIME FOR YOU TO RETURN. It was back in 2000, that avant-garde composer and baroque lutenist Jozef Van Wissem released his debut album, Retrograde Renaissance Lute. Since then, Josef has released a series of groundbreaking solo albums and collaborations. Jozef’s latest album, It Is Time For You To Return, will be …

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WIM MERTENS-MAXIMIZING THE AUDIENCE.

WIM MERTENS-MAXIMIZING THE AUDIENCE. Anyone interested in avant garde and experimental music will know the name Wim Mertens. He’s a composer, pianist, guitarist, vocalist and producer. Wim is also a musicologist, who studied music theory and piano at the prestigious Ghent Conservatory in Belgian. Music, however, wasn’t what Wim originally studied. No. Originally, Wim studied …

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HAKON STENE-LUSH LAMENTS FOR LAZY MAMMAL.

HAKON STENE-LUSH LAMENTS FOR LAZY MAMMAL. Ambitious, fearless, groundbreaking and innovative. These are just a  few of the words that describe the music of Norwegian improvisational musician Håkon Stene. His long awaited debut album, Lush Laments for Lazy Mammal, will be released on 14th April 2014, on Hubro Music. Lush Laments for Lazy Mammal marks …

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PETER WALKER-“SECOND POEM TO KARMELA” OR GYPSIES ARE IMPORTANT.

PETER WALKER-“SECOND POEM TO KARMELA” OR GYPSIES ARE IMPORTANT. Back in 1967, Peter Walker released his seminal album Rainy Day Raga, which was released on Vanguard Records. Since then, it’s become a cult classic. Many people though, thought Rainy Day Raga was Peter’s only album. It wasn’t. The following year, 1968, Peter released his sophomore …

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LARAAJI-CELESTIAL MUSIC 1978-2011.

LARAAJI-CELESTIAL MUSIC 1978-2011. Although Laraaji is one of the most innovative musicians of his generation, he remains one of music’s best kept secrets. That’s despite releasing nearly thirty albums. Many of these albums showcase Laraaji’s unique ambient sound. Best known for playing the zither,  Laraaji’s music is best described as a fusion of ambient, experimental …

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ARVE HENRIKSEN-PLACES OF WORSHIP.

ARVE HENRIKSEN-PLACES OF WORSHIP. Ever since his career began, Norwegian jazz trumpeter Arve Henriksen has been on a mission to reinvent the jazz trumpet. Arve’s raison d’etre has been to push musical boundaries and challenge musical norms. He’s taken the jazz trumpet to destinations its previously never dared visit. That’s why twenty-two years after his …

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ARP-MORE.

ARP-MORE. Three years after the release of his sophomore album The Soft Wave, ARP returns with More, which will be released on 16th September 2013 on Smalltown Supersound. During the last three years, much has changed for Alexis Georgopoulis a.k.a. ARP. Having toured The Soft Wave, he decided to take a break from touring. Instead, …

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