Passive/Aggressive

Alex Zhang Hungtai – “When you are not truthful to yourself, the playing itself will suffer” (interview)

English September 26 2018 alex zhang hungtai

Interview by Alexander Julin, photo: Sean Marc Lee

Alex Zhang Hungtai has been creating enormously diverse music throughout his career. In addition to the also stylistically diverse project Dirty Beaches, Hungtai has been releasing music under the moniker Last Lizard and more lately in his own name. Besides the more free jazzed collaboration with David Meranha and Gabriel Ferrandini as well as part of the trio Love Themes, Hungtai has released both minimalistic piano and saxophone compositions since he ended Dirty Beaches. His latest solo release, the album “Divine Weight”, points back towards his last album as Dirty Beaches, “Stateless”, which also was an ethereal and atmospheric saxophone album. However, “Divine Weight” incorporates a more alternative approach to playing the saxophone which implies limitations but also the unfolding of the instrument’s potential; a potential which suggests a personal and existential dimension in addition to the musical.

“The saxophone is not only a friend that helps me reveal myself to me. It is also a harsh training buddy that punishes you when you play lies,” Hungtai explains in the following interview, in which he reflects upon the personal dimension that the saxophone opens up, and the responsibility it demands of its player. Læs resten

Narcosatanicos – Mindre kaos, mere prog, stadig primalt (interview)

November 2 2016 NS

Af Daniel Niebuhr

Der er gået to år, siden Narcosatanicos for alvor meldte sin ankomst på den danske musikscene i en implosion af syre, svampe, saxofon og snuff, som tog den musikalske anstændighed som gidsel og slap mere end succesfuldt af sted med det. Den eponyme førsteskive var en hektisk affære, hvis hensynsløshed og nærmest apokalyptiske intensitet næppe er blevet matchet herhjemme siden – og som om det ikke var nok, er de seks aarhusianeres destruktive lydunivers om noget endnu bedre live.

Det hele startede i sensommeren 2012 til det noget nær mytiske Skovgilde på Djursland og begyndte i det følgende år så småt at tage form: en debutsingle, en kort EP, Psych Fest-optrædener i både Aarhus, Oslo og København, Gutter Island, Roskilde Festival samt en enestående koncert i Blågårds Kirke, den nat terroren ramte København. Læs resten

Torben Snekkestad – En dekonstruktion af jazzhelten

Blog Kritik March 18 2016 TSn

Torben Snekkestad “The Poetics of a Multiphonic Landscape” – Anmeldelse af Nils Bloch-Sørensen

I februar udgav norske Torben Snekkestad trilogien “The Poetics of a Multiphonic Landscape” gennem det danske labelkollektiv ILK. Trilogien består af pladerne “Winds of Mouth”, “Plateau” og “The Reed Trumpet” og er en intim undersøgelse af blæserens muligheder.

Lydbilledet på de to første plader udgøres kun af saxofon, mens ”The Reed Trumpet” præsenterer lytteren for Snekkestads nye hybridinstrument af samme navn: en trompet tilsat mundstykket fra en træblæser. Læs resten