dimanche 15 janvier 2012

Theo Bleckmann + John Hollenbeck : "Static Still"


The human voice is presumably the most immediate and touching instrument in music. Even more so if it is masterfully flowing between pure emotions and subtle abstractions as it is the case of Theo Bleckmann. The highly distinguished vocalist from Dortmund, who has been based in New York for many years, doesn’t need lyrics to communicate impressive sentiments. In contrast to some of his colleagues in the crossover field of jazz, improvisation and contemporary music, Bleckmann doesn’t identify himself as an artificial vocal acrobat, although he would undoubtedly be capable of doing so technically. Eccentric vocal caprioles have always been used sparingly with Bleckmann; where others get lost in excessive deconstructions, he always keeps the song in mind".

Norbert Krampf

"Defying categorization has become as predictable as any of the old categories ever were. It's simply really: just reference music without committing to any of it. So how beautiful it is to hear two players who explode all boundaries with their embrace-who commit to all, and all at once...a rich and strange world of noise, motion and melody, all of it infused with wit and unerring musicality. The myriad strains are all there, from country to jungle to operatic, but they're drawn out with a tender glance, not a wink."

Mark Fefer (Seattle Weekly)


3 commentaires:

Zipangu a dit…

Oops, sorry for deleted comments and having removed the post but I had some problems with it ! I guess it's OK now.


Bhowani a dit…

Catastrophe ! I'm discovering your blog only today (comoing from 'music-hertz") and all the links are MU...It's terrible !
I share your troubles.

Zipangu a dit…

YES, catastrophic for sure ! I've lost all my files... But I'm thinking to the next level, find a... new host for example !!?

Keep your head up !