January 12, 2018:
With much agonizing and consideration, our 2017 TOP LISTS are posted, including customer lists, Philz's list, and Carl Kruger's list.
There's no denying that Squidco staff is taken by the guitar work of Raphael Roginski, whose Coltrane interpretations were a significant release of 2015 and left us wanting for more. More is what we got, two new albums, one of Roginski interpreting the music of baroque English composer Henry Purcell, in solo guitar and accompanied by voice. It's a beautiful homage, and a lovely record regardless of its source. Even more exciting is Zywizna album, the duo of Roginski and vocalist Genowefa Lenarcik performing music of the Kurpi region of Poland. Lenarcik was born in 1940 in the village of Krobia, part of the Kurpi region, and is daughter of folk singing legend Stanisław Brzozowy (1901-1983), whose voice recordings are up to this day listened to by traditional music reconstructionists, ethnomusicologists and researchers. Lenarcik voice is rich in timbre and powerful, and the songs carry a power to them even if the language is unfamiliar to the listener. Roginski's playing on electric guitar never overtakes the music, but provides a rich accompaniment to the voice. The music was recorded in the forests of Northeaster Poland, adding the sounds of nature, bringing us back to the communal roots of this music. Listening to the album is an experience.
A little more on the Roginski Purcell album: I'm always fascinated by an album that provokes me to learn and research. Such was the case here, as I dabbled in Purcell but never took his music in earnest. In search of Roginski's fascination I spent quite a bit of time learning about Purcell the composer, locating recordings and finding "classical" versions of the music Roginski performs. My search was fruitful and informative, making me even more impressed with Roginski's sensibilities, and bringing a new appreciation of Purcell's work, particularly that of the theater. If you haven't heard "The Fairy Queen", I recommend a listen to "Act I Scene of the Drunken Post Fill Up the Bowl" to help part the curtain of respectful listening and hear Purcell as a person who fully through himself into his music and life.
Zywizna: Roginski, Raphael with Genowefa Lenarcik: plays Zaswiec Niesiącku and other Kurpian songs (Bolt)
Roginski, Raphael (feat. Olga Myslowska / Sebstian Witkowski): plays Henry Purcell (Bolt)
Roginski, Raphael : Plays John Coltrane and Langston Hughes African Mystic Music (Bolt)
Roginski, Raphael : Populista Presents BOX [3 CDs + POSTER] (Bolt)
Another Bolt release that led to research and increased respect for a classical composer is Alessandro Bosetti's Notebooks, originally comissioned for stage by the Janaceck Operat Festival, and by Czech National Radio for the Radiocustica series. Czech composer Leos Janacek was fascinated with speech melodies, writing them down in notebooks to use in his compositions; Italian composer Alessandro Bosetti has adapted these notes, using the words themselves to create a series of works that builds rhythmic structures in place of melody, injecting himself and other performers into Janacek's interest in the voice.
I was unaware of Janaceck's interest in speech melodies, mostly focusing on his work with folk melodies that he incorporated into his compositional music. The notebooks no doubt fueled those endeavors, but on their own give a fascinating look into the interests of the composer. I recommend reading about the life of Janaceck, who only found acceptance as a masterful composer late in life, and who faced trials and desperation in that pursuit. Bosetti's work takes Janaceck's notations in a unique direction, using them in a way that would have been technically impossible when they were notated. By using these words Bosetti both extols and extends the usefulness of his Janaceck's observation, as obsessively as the composer himself transcribed words into miniature scores. A profoundly interesting idea.
Bosetti, Alessandro : Notebooks (Bolt)
A few updates from the last few weeks:
January 11, 2018: New @ Squidco:
Vinny Golia Wind Quartet -Live At The Century City Playhouse [CD] (Dark Tree Records)
Christian Kobi (solo and with Taku Sugimoto/Yoko Ikeda/Wakana Ikeda -Atta! [CD] (Monotype)
Natsuki Tamura/Alexander Frangenheim -Nax [CD] (Creative Sources)
Raphael Roginski -Populista Presents BOX [3 CDs + POSTER] (Bolt)
Polyorchard -Red October [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD] (Out and Gone Music)
Polyorchard -Color Theory in Black and White [2 CDRs] (Not On Label)
Various Artists: Lao Dan/Rick Countryman/Colin Webster -Saxophone Anatomy [CD] (Armageddon Nova)
Aishi Oyauchi -Wrong Exit [2 CDs] (Armageddon Nova )
Zywizna: Roginski, Raphael with Genowefa Lenarcik -plays Zaswiec Niesiącku and other Kurpian songs [CD] (Bolt)
subterrene -Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been [CDR] (Bad Architect Records)
January 11, 2018: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Burkhard Beins / Lucio Capece / Martin Küchen / Paul Vogel - Fracture Mechanics (Mikroton) by Brian Olewnick.
January 9, 2018:
New Review @ The Squid's Ear:Christoph Erb / Jim Baker / Frank Rosaly - ...Don't Buy Him A Parrot... (HatOLOGY) by Massimo Ricci.
January 9, 2018: New @ Squidco:
January 4, 2018:
Alessandro Bosetti -Notebooks [CD] (Bolt)
Raphael Roginski (feat. Olga Myslowska/Sebstian Witkowski) -plays Henry Purcell [CD] (Bolt)
Boguslaw Schaeffer -Travel Notes [CD] (Bolt)
DJ Lenar -Drite Shtilkayt [CD] (Bolt)
Refusenik (Arturas Bumsteinas) -Musikaliszer Pinkos [CD] (Bolt)
Trio 3 (Lake/Workman/Cyrille) -Visiting Texture [CD] (Intakt)
Thanos Chrysakis/Ernesto Rodrigues/Guilherme Rodrigues/Miguel Mira/Abdul Moimeme -Micrographia [CD] (Creative Sources)
VCA (Vilanova/Castrillon/Andean) -Ceres [CD] (Creative Sources)
Edward Sol/Alpha Crucis -Excessive Weight [CASSETTE] (Banned Productions)
Rutger Zuydervelt -Astroneer 2 (Original Game Soundtrack) [CD] (Machinefabriek)
The weather took the lead this week, all up and down the coast and well into the eastern parts of the country. Our little coastal town has had two weeks of freezing temperatures, which not even the natives profess to be normal. This was capped with freezing rain and snow as extremely unusual weather events conspired to make the most normal of activities difficult, pushing back shipments for a few days. We expect to get back to normal in the coming week, but it's been a frustrating and frigid week.
Meanwhile I've been at my desk executing planned purchases which were put off until the holidays were done. That means that in the next couple of weeks we'll see the new Aural Terrains CD EQUINOX, the second volume of Machinefabriek's Astroneer, plus restocks of all in-print CDs from Frode Gjerstad's Circulasione Totale CD, plus two new releases on Relative Pitch Records: Ben Hall's Racehorse Names with Joe Morris and a new Brandon Lopez Quartet with Gerald Cleaver album. We'll also see the following list of albums from Trost and Otoroku, plus a new Acid Mother's Temple CD and a reissue of Dog Faced Hermans (with Andy Moor of The Ex). See the previous entry in this blog for a number of other releases expected in the next two weeks.