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Jones, Jean Claude (JC)

Drones - 5th And Tibetan Bowls For Barre

Jones, Jean Claude (JC) : Drones - 5th And Tibetan Bowls For Barre (Kadima)

Jean Claude "JC" Jones seamlessly merges two violins from Ariel Lanyi & Ilan Volkov, bass from Hagai Bilitzky and his own performance on bass, lap style spanish plugged-in guitar and tibetan bowls, creating 13 beautifully contemplative drones that weave distinctive tones, timbres and rich resonance; dedicated to Barre Phillips & Francois Lagarde.

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Label: Kadima
Catalog ID: KCR 47
Squidco Product Code: 30729

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Israel
Packaging: Cardboard sleeve


Jean Claude Jones-bass, lap style spanish plugged-in guitar and tibetan bowls

Hagai Bilitzky-bass

Ariel Lanyi-violin

Ilan Volkov-violin

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"Hagai Bilitzky teaches double bass at the Eastern Department of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance (J.A.M.D.) and at the Jazz department of the J.A.M.D. conservatory. He has also served as an assistant professor for music theory studies and ear training.

In addition to his work as a performing artist Hagai also teaches the playing technique he devised, and presents workshops for bass players and players of other instruments who are looking to enter the world of Middle Eastern music.

Hagai Bilitzky combines new performance techniques with the display of authentic musical traditions.

Hagai has recorded and performed over the years with senior international and Israeli acclaimed artists on the Arabic and Jazz music scenes."

-Hagai Bilitzky Website (

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"[2021] This summer Ariel makes his debut at Wigmore Hall and participates in the Marlboro Festival in Vermont, alongside renowned artists such as Mitsuko Uchida and Jonathan Biss. He was a prize-winner at the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT) and Concert Artists Guild (CAG) International Auditions in 2021.

Over the last year Ariel has recorded music by Schubert for Linn Records (due for release in 2021) and given 'online live' recitals for the Vancouver Recital series in Canada and the Banco de la República in Colombia. Previous highlights include recitals at the deSingel Arts Centre in Antwerp (stepping in for Till Fellner), Salle Cortot in Paris and the Miami Piano Festival.

Born in Jerusalem in 1997, in 2021 Ariel completes his studies as a full scholarship student at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Ian Fountain, having studied with the late Hamish Milne. Prior to this, he studied at the High School and Conservatory of the Jerusalem Academy of Music, first with Lea Agmon, later with Yuval Cohen. Whilst there, he also studied violin and composition.

Ariel has performed widely in Europe in cities such as Paris, London, Rome, Prague and Brussels, and regularly appears in concerts broadcast live on Israeli radio and television, as well as on Radio France.

As soloist he has appeared with a variety of orchestras, including the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, playing Brahms's 2nd concerto, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, playing the Mozart C minor concerto. Among the conductors he has worked with are Trevor Pinnock, Peter Whelan, and Yi-An Xu.

An avid chamber musician, Ariel has collaborated with leading members of the Berliner Philharmoniker and the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, as well as with eminent musicians such as Maria João Pires and Torleif Thedéen. Festival appearances include the Hvide Sande (Denmark), Ravello (Italy), Ausseer Festsommer (Austria), Bosa Antica (Sardinia) and Israel Festivals.

Ariel has received extensive tuition from eminent artists such as Robert Levin, Murray Perahia, Imogen Cooper, Leif Ove Andsnes, Steven Osborne, and the late Leon Fleisher and Ivan Moravec. Awards include 1st Prize at the 2018 Grand Prix Animato Competition in Paris and 1st Prize in the Dudley International Piano Competition, as well as a finalist award at the Rubinstein Competition.

In 2012 he released Romantic Profiles on LYTE records, an album featuring music by Schumann, Liszt, Brahms, and Janáček

Ariel is a recipient of the Munster Trust Mark James Star Award and the Senior Award of the Hattori Foundation."

-Ariel Lanyi Website (

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"Born in Israel in September 1976, Ilan Volkov began his conducting career at the age of nineteen. Following studies at London's Royal College of Music, he secured positions as Principal Conductor of the London Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Assistant Conductor of the Boston Symphony. In 2003 he was appointed Principal Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and subsequently became its Principal Guest Conductor in 2009.

Between 2011 and 2014 he held the post of Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Volkov's arrival coincided with the opening of Harpa, Reykjavík's visually striking new concert hall. During his tenure in Iceland, he created the Tectonics Festival, which features programmes of classical modern music combined with other new music genres such as improvisation, electronics and rock. Since then, Tectonics has expanded around the world with residencies in cities like Glasgow, Adelaide, Oslo, New York and Tel Aviv."

-MaestroArts (

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track listing:

1. D1 2:31

2. D2 3:06

3. D20 4:11

4. D2419 13:43

5. D173 5:21

6. D21 2:39

7. 333 2:48

8. Home 1 3:47

9. 10 4:14

10. 468 4:38

11. Conatus 4:01

12. Stuff 6:23

13. R9 5:44
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Dedicated to the memory of photographer François Lagarde - a fellow March Fiver (of 1949) who passed away in 2017 - and to bassist Barre Phillips, this music is both self-explanatory and psychophysically efficient.

It is rare to find albums where the content precisely reflects the title's suggestions; but Drones is such a case, a record made of long and richly resounding tones emitted from different instruments and sources: double bass, violin, a not better specified "web cello". Plus - of course - the Tibetan bowls, whose healing energy can be experienced throughout the entire second half of the disc, complemented by JC Jones' dissonant arpeggios and/or improvisations (the lone non-droning element in the program) on a Spanish guitar operated lap-style. This approach, for those still unaware, was forced in the last three years or so by the bassist's struggle with an illness that has rendered him unable to keep playing his original (*) instrument. Additional contributors to these therapeutic tracks include Hagai Bilitzky, Ariel Lanyi and Ilan Volkov.

Especially on the longer distance, the music's mind-enhancing qualities are unarguable. Parts of it remain nearly immobile, exclusively delineated by pitch coloration and constitutional vibrancy. Other pieces present a modicum of linear motion over the slightest harmonic variations. Sometimes the superimpositions produce a "symphonic" chordal suspension of sorts, whereas the chapters featuring the profound murmur of the Tibetan bells need no time to fill the air with their peaceful eloquence. Overall, it's impossible to isolate episodes lacking even a measure of nerve-cleansing oscillation. We're left untaught in regard to how the whole was assembled and sequenced; I honestly couldn't say if there was any editing somewhere. It's not important, though. What really counts is that, for once, the good intentions have been remunerated by a result that cannot leave a sympathetic listener unconcerned."-Massimo Ricci

(*) JC Jones dixit: "Guitar is my first instrument, bass came along the way 25 years ago".

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