Micus, Stephan - Bold as Light

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Stephan Micus, raj nplaim, bass zither, chord zither, bavarian zither, nohkan, sho, voice, kalimba, shakuhachi, sinding

"The idea of sitting down at a table and making a composition on paper is totally foreign to me. To come up with a piece of music, I have to make the sound myself, have the instruments in my hands." Stephan Micus (1953) has a special and intense relationship with the countless instruments he plays. Many of the instruments, a number of which come from Asia or Africa, represent age-old musical traditions, some of them dying out while others have congealed into the stuff of museum exhibits. But in Micus' hands they come alive again. He experiments with new sound possibilities and often plays the instruments in ways other than those he was taught by local players during his distant travels. Improvising, he comes up with the most surprising combinations of instruments, whose melodic lines he plays separately into a multi-track recorder. The resulting polyphonic structures are staggeringly and mysteriously beautiful. Micus' three main sound protagonists in "Bold As Light" are the raj nplaim (a free-reed pipe made of bamboo) from Laos, the nohkan (a bamboo flute) from Japan, and the many male voices, which, of course, are all sung by Micus himself. He drew inspiration for the multipart vocals from the intriguing polyphonic singing of Georgia and Bulgaria, which since the early Middle Ages has shaped the style of everyday singing as well as the liturgy of the Orthodox Church. On the very last track, the interwoven vocals make way for the Japanese sho (mouth organ), thus joining different aural worlds in a total sound whose divergent timbres have surprisingly much in common. Each instrument, of course, represents a culture, an aesthetic and (religious) world of thought. The knowledge of this not only adds an extra dimension to the music but also at times helps clarify the mutual relationships in sound.

Artikelnummer ECM2173
Streckkod 0602527430867
Utgivningsdatum 2010-10-18
Kategori World Music
Skivbolag ECM
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Micus, Stephan
Disk: 1
1 Part 1: Rain
2 Part 2: Spring Dance
3 Part 3: Flying Swans
4 Part 4: Wide River
5 Part 5: Autumn Dance
6 Part 6: Golden Ginkgo Tree
7 Part 7: The Shrine
8 Part 8: Winter Dance
9 Part 9: The Child
10 Part 10: Seven Roses
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