June 22nd 2019
Easily transcending all current trends and hypes. The work of Finnish musician and composer Jimi Tenor combines the finest elements of afro-american music, spontaneous silliness and shameless glamour in a style all his own. “Jimi Tenor’s mind will travel where his body can’t go. Living in isolation in east-Helsinki suburb he picks mushrooms and has exotic musical fantasiesin the calmness of the endless.“ Releases on Philophon, Herakles Records, Kindred Spirits and Warp speak a clear and distinct language of stylistic diversity. What instruments will Jimi play this time? Flute? Saxophone? Drummachines? His own voice? Just about any sound source is possible with this man and some of them might get wrecked in the act.
In herwork composer and sound designer Méryll Ampe establishes a fine link between two performative practices, the visual and the auditive: “I develop my sound through electronic field recordings and experimental music. I establish links between my musical practice and my visual practice, using techniques directly linked to sculpture – to cut in to mass, to model, and to chisel using acoustic sound, digital sound processing and analogue tools. These allow me to generate echo, tensions, breaks and punctuation. I conceive of improvisation as an uninterrupted sequence, revealing the immersive composition of space.”
Alireza Mehdizadeh plays the Kamancheh, a classical persian string instrument with a delicate and expressive sound. His meticulously modulated melodies and movements contains microtonal scales from the Dastgah tonal system, the improvisational elements of persian music and Sufism’s insight and meditativeness. Alirezah is a member of the renowned Mastan Ensemble and toured Europa, the U.S and Canada. He will be accompanied by the classical Setar player Pejram Tahmasbi.
The Rome based improvisation trio Acre is working on diverse forms of images and places of music and listening. The group’s sound is made up of some recognizable music influences, and focuses on the way these influences are dealt with, letting them interfere: The trio combines the free subchambers of instrumental jazz with the unpredictability of digital instruments, thus creating an exciting unitarian sound with detailed, fragile struktures, contrary timbres and surprising experiments.
Photo: Philipp Schewe