Goethe Pop Up And Nameless Sound Present Der Lange Schatten With Houston Improvisers at Meca

Nameless Sound uploaded this event on May 14, 2019


1900 Kane street
Houston, TX


Thu, May 23, 2019
8:00 pm

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Antonio Borghini (Italy) – double bass
Michael Thieke (Germany) - clarinet
Håvard Wiik (Norway) - piano

Drawing on a repertoire of compositions by all three members, the Italian/German/Norwegian trio has a distinct sound, but a seemingly endless range of possibilities and expressions. Precise unisons follow tightly-woven counterpoint. Nimble technique enables stop-on-a-dime accuracy. The instrumentation allows for clarity and transparency. Sometimes they sound spiky and modernistic. At other times, they swing. Sometimes they may even have a touch of the baroque, or a bit of folkiness. There are melodies that ring of Monk’s angularity, with whiffs of his oblique humor. There’s a dose of Anthony Braxton’s obsessive mania. Dizzying cascades of notes and extended instrumental techniques echo the classic generation of European improvisation. The stylistic blend of “modern-classical” with “jazz” and the relationship of improvisation to composition recall Jimmy Guiffre’s groundbreaking trio, with whom they share the same instrumentation. One might hear a bit of Messiaen’s quartet in there, as well as many other possible sources and influences. Do Der lange Schatten cast a “long shadow” or do they stand in one?...

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