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VocColours & Andrei Razin: Ganglia (Creative Sources)

Four voices--Norbert Zajac, Brigitte Kupper, Gala Hummel, Iouri Grankin--sing and speak over the piano work of Russian improviser Andrei Razin in a moody and often startling album that set tonal environments or disorient the listener through constrasting layers of vocalization, as Razin darts among them or sets an atmosphere of lingering tones; often curious, frequently stunning.

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UPC: 5609063045484

Label: Creative Sources
Catalog ID: cs548
Squidco Product Code: 26209

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Portugal
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at the LOFT, in Koln, Germany on April 27th, 2016, and live at Salon de Jazz, in Koln, Germany, on April 26th, 2016.


Brigitte Kupper-voice

Gala Hummel-voice

Norbert Zajac-voice

Iouri Grankin-voice

Andrei Razin-piano

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Brigitte Küpper - Horizont is a German vocalist, a member of VocColours, who has also collaborated with Jouri Grankin, Christian Barthold and Martin Hauf. She is also the producer of the documentary "The Feral Voice".

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Gala Hummel is a vocalist known for the group VocColours.

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Norbert Zajac is a free improvising vocalist, known for the groups VocColours and zvuKlang.

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Vocalist Iouri Grankin is a Ukranian jazz vocalist, born in 1959 and who graduated from Kharkov University, Department of Mechanics and Mathematics, in 1976. He is best known for the group VocColours.

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Andrei Razin: "Graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, composer, pianist and arranger, Laureate of the National Festival "Art of the Young", Laureate of the National Competition of Young Composers, Member of the Russian Union of Composers, Andrei Razin was destined for the career of an academic musician, but his creative interests have a much wider range. He produced music scores for the theatrical performances, modern chamber instrumental and vocal music, jazz compositions, music for TV shows and advertisement videos, symphonic music. Razin participated in Russo-French Festival of Modern Improvisational Music, and numerous other festivals, performed with Arkady Shilkloper, Mike Ellis, Vladimir Chekasin, etc. Andrei Razin was also awarded the ''Composer of the year'' (2002) awards by Russian Jazz Journalists Association. As a leader of Second Approach trio, Andrei Razin performed in Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, and Finland."

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track listing:

1. Blue 5:15

2. Poltergeist 5:34

3. Brownian Motion 3:39

4. A Bing 13:35

5. On T'entend 4:34

6. A Faint Chill 5:58

7. Requem 7 9:03

8. Ganglia 3:10

9. Sonnernklar 3:25

10. Golden Fog 5:12

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"VocColours (Norbert Zajac, Brigitte Küpper, Gala Hummel, Iouri Grankin) have attracted me by surprise with a bit of annoyance ZvuKlang (2014), engaging in the CD Luxatio (2015) and the Russian affair on the Russian Affair (2017), with the addition of a musical, which was brilliant and deepened ( pianist Alexey Lapin, bassist Eb erhard Kranemann and four Russians). On the 2012 bonus, the pianist Andrei Razin appeared at the last event, which led me to believe that working with him could be a perspective for the future. It happened, on the opposite of the Ganglia , recorded in 2016 in Köln's Loft. Indeed, Razin has really played a role in drug addiction, which his partners are even more excited about.

Razin creates a mood that vocalists gradually differentiate into a pro-dialogged urgency, full of highlighting. Voices are emotionally prickly, trembling, trembling (especially vocalists), screaming, shuffling, tirating, snapping, jancing and swirling, and it is a piano that makes them prick, objections, tricks, and as if they are promelodizing into the clutter of voice crowd. Each of the ten stops (from Poltergeist to Golden Fog) has its unmistakable atmosphere (amplified in two cases by bells and sunglasses by King Imagin), from exciting grotesqueness through explosive eloquence to sound padding, vocalists are spiced harshly, boldly swallowed or exhilaratingly hanging but also duller-mumbled or slack-brewed. The piano predicts what is being done, so it fine-tunes the events of the small asses of the bridge between the parodying or the opposite of the romantic disparities. Everything is ghostly, suddenly fuzzy or without a rib clover, fuzzy or raggedly pink to blunt closing, a voice disparity, which is not right anyway, is also compositely upgraded and redesigned. Joy to listen!"-Slabý ZK, Uni Culturni Magazin, translated by Google

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