Magda Mayas' Filamental - Confluence (Relative Pitch Records)
Berlin based pianist Magda Mayas has put together a large string ensemble commissioned by the "Music Unlimited" Festival in Wels, Austria in 2019. The ensemble name refers to filament, a filigree fiber, or a thread, a texture that is playfully explored, a psychologically embodied state and approach - Filamental. For the ensemble she developed an open, minimalist photo score - Confluence. "Two rivers meet and merge in Geneva – the Rhône and the Arve. They have different temperatures and colours; the Arve is more rapid and carries white sand, while the Rhône is darker and slower. They travel through different terrain, they carry different volumes of water and have different depths. The score consists of 12 photos taken over an hour or so, observing the merging waters, the artificial wall dividing them, the earthy, blue and green colours blending."
Manja Ristić - Kairos & The Dwellers (Forms of Minutiae)
Manja Ristić, born in Belgrade in 1979, is a violinist, sound artist, poet, curator and researcher active in the fields of electroacoustic and classical music, instrumental improvisation, and experimental sound art. Currently working and living on the island of Korčula, Croatia, she combined in her latest album Kairos & The Dwellers
unprocessed and processed field recordings into electroacoustic narratives, investigating the historical and ecological richness and fragility of the Korčula island and its encircling sea.
Marc Barreca - The Sleeper Wakes (Scissor Tail Records)
Marc Barreca has been creating and performing electronic music since the mid-1970s. The Sleeper Wakes
was originally released in 1986 and has been out of print for many years.
Mdou Moctar - Afrique Victime (Matador Records)
With Afrique Victime
the prodigious Tuareg guitarist and songwriter Mdou Moctar rips a new hole in the sky – boldly reforging contemporary Saharan music and “rock music” by melding guitar pyrotechnics, full-blast noise, and field recordings with poetic meditations on love, religion, women's rights, inequality, and Western Africa’s exploitation at the hands of colonial powers.
Ozan Ata Canani - Warte mein Land, warte (Fun in the church)
"The Anatolian people of Germany had created their own great structure of music dissemination. They were not dependent on the radio and the department stores. They had their own shops, everywhere. Unnoticed by the German music industry and the local media, companies like Türküola in Cologne or Uzelli in Frankfurt turned over millions of records every year. (…) The coexistence of music is a symbol of coexistence in society. Young Ozan Ata Canani invented togetherness, but nothing more than a few small gestures jumped out."
Pak Yan Lau - Bakunawa (Cortizona)
Pak Yan and her ensemble are delving and digging deep into the sound spectrum of detuned toy piano’s, second hand gong rods, prepared harp, metal tubes and ring modulators. Instruments were searched, collected and bought worldwide: on Japanese street markets, in second hand stores in Brussels, from dedicated American Ebay-sellers and the cellar of the Musica centre in Neerpelt.