Thursday, May 8, 2008

Point 4 - Panopticon





Collaborative project between two percussionists (Bjørn Rabben, Ingar Zach) and two pianists (Kenneth Karlsson and Jon Balke who also deals with electronics), Point 4 seems to be properly in line with the choices of the issuing label (SOFA) and its catalogue.
It's not simple to describe this work, based on an improvisational structure, of course, but with the intent to explore other expressions of contemporary music.
"Panopticon" ranges from meditative pieces built on delicate tones of piano (“Wide red”, “Sostenuto” or the title track), to more tempestuous passages ("Vanishing Point"), unpredictable constructions created by the quartet (“Di Fianco”, some movements of “Partita”), compulsive breaks, electronic incursions (“Courtante”) and so on…
The variety of schemes proposed is absolute, giving a singular identity to each track, executed with a perfect interaction of the ensemble .
One of the most original releases so far this year.

Label: SOFA
Cat. #: SOFA524
Format: CD
Release date: 2008

Kenneth Karlsson: piano
Jon Balke: piano, electronics
Bjørn Rabben: percussion, melodic percussion
Ingar Zach: bass drum, percussion

Tracklisting:
01 - Wide Red (03:42)
02 - Di Fianco (05:58)
03 - Sostenuto (08:48)
04 - Partita - Allemande I (04:47)
05 - Partita - Digression (00:37)
06 - Partita - Allemande II (03:04)
07 - Partita - Courtante (02:59)
08 - Partita - Sarabande (03:43)
09 - Partita - Gigue (02:06)
10 - Panopticon (04:19)
11 - Seven Perspectives - Point Zero (00:32)
12 - Seven Perspectives - Point One (00:31)
13 - Seven Perspectives - Point Two (00:49)
14 - Seven Perspectives - Point Three (01:34)
15 - Seven Perspectives - Point Five (02:20)
16 - Seven Perspectives - Point Six (00:42)
17 - Seven Perspectives - Point Seven (00:40)
18 - Side Shadow (11:10)
19 - Vanishing Point (05:51)

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Links:
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SOFA/SILLÓN
Interview with Ingar Zach @Another Timbre

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