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Xu Fengxia: Black Lotos (Intakt)

Xu Fengxia traditional Sanxian & Guzheng player and free vocalist in duo with drummer/percussionist Lucas Niggli for suspenseful cross-cultural improvisations.

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UPC: 7640120191641

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INT164
Squidco Product Code: 11851

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at Loft Cologne, December 9, 2007 and mixed at Ton-Art Studio, February 27, 2008 by Christian Heck. Mastered February 10, 2009 at Studio Klangdach by Willy Strehler.


Xu Fengxia-Guzheng, Sanxian, Voice

Lucas Niggli-Drums, Percussion

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track listing:

1. Bell Smell 3:23

2. Black Lotos 6:45

3. Fish-Lips & Duck-Feest 3:47

4. Ride Over Blue Sky 11:00

5. Bow Blow 7:59

6. Old Tree 6:05

7. Choose Goose 7:33

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Improvised Music
European Improv, Free Jazz & Related
Stringed Instruments
Percussion & Drums
Unusual Vocal Forms
Free Improvisation
Duo Recordings

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"Black Lotos is far more than a duo. Not only consists Lucas Niggli's acoustic layout of many parts, each of which could stand alone as an instrument: Xu Fengxia keeps switching between her two string instruments Guzheng and Sanxian and in parallel she uses her unbelievable voice. Thus the range of this music goes from soloist moments to the intimate dialogue up to almost orchestral abundance, from a short monologue in an interspace to a centipede ecstatic ride over an endlessly vast steppe. Chinese opera, Mongolian throat and overtone singing, Heavy Metal, traditional Chinese folk music, noise, contemporary Western music, African rhythms and jazz: ethnology, music history, tales, the moment of suspense, all combined in the Instant Composing of Niggli and Xu."-Intakt

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