An album of alien soundscape and un-anticipatable rhythm with seductive brass sonority floating above, from the Swiss trio of trumpeter Tom Arthurs, Isambard Khroustaliov on electronics, and Julian Sartorious on drums & percussion, contrasting complex and strangely aberrant sonic and rhythmic environments with lyrically virtuosic trumpet work.
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Label: Clean Feed
Catalog ID: CF539CD
Squidco Product Code: 28097
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Studio Zatter, in Bern, Switzerland, on December 9th, 2018, by Isambard Khroustaliov.
Julian Sartorious-drums, percussion
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"Tom Arthurs is a trumpeter and composer for the 21st century - drawing honestly and infinitely from a dizzying range of influences. His music-making represents a rare beauty and creative depth, and he cites inspiration from John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler and Jimmy Guiffre, African and South American traditional music, Berlin's Echtzeitmusik scene, as well as György Ligeti, Luc Ferrari and Morton Feldman. Aside from music, Tarkovsky, Godard, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Lau Tzu and Farid Ud-Din Attar remain deeply influential, as do much-cherished experiences of baroque music, the pygmies of Central Africa, Gal Costa, David Sylvian and Arto Lindsay.
Already by his mid-30s, news of Arthurs' finesse, glowing sound and relentless creativity has spread far and wide, with New York City Jazz Record's Thomas Conrad describing his playing as "continuously, beautifully unfamiliar", and allaboutjazz's John Kelman describing his improvisations as "simple but perfect", demonstrating "an exacting perfection" and with "a harmon-muted tone that renders his playing as vulnerable as Miles Davis at his fragile best".
Closer to home, Tom has been described as "a world-class improviser" by UK's Jazzwise, "une révélation" by France's Citizenjazz, and "der Glasbläser" (the glass-blower) by Germany's SWR2.
Tom is currently Artistic Director of the Jazz and Contemporary Music department at Bern University of the Arts, Switzerland, and his main project is the Tom Arthurs Trio, with Finnish drummer Markku Ounaskari and Berlin-based pianist Marc Schmolling. He is equally at home with enthrallingly touching solo performances, and a range of collective improvised projects - including GLUE, QUAIRÓS, Pedesis and duos with Isambard Khroustaliov and Simon Vincent. Arthurs has been awarded composition commissions from the BBC/RPS, City of London Festival, BBC Proms, the Elias Quartet and the BBC Concert Orchestra, and has worked with folk musicians including The Unthanks and James Yorkston, also contributing a sonic cameo to now-legendary BBC TV comedy The Mighty Boosh.
Tom has performed and recorded with Ingrid Laubrock, Dine Doneff (Kostas Theodorou), Denis Badault, Maciej Obara, Julia Hülsmann and Theo Bleckmann, and has shared the stage with an incredible range of musicians, including John Surman, John Taylor, Kenny Wheeler, Benoît Delbecq, Jack DeJohnette, Régis Huby, Joanna MacGregor, Iain Ballamy, Thomas Strønen, Ignaz Schick, Jan Bang, Nicolas Masson, Julie Sassoon, Tom Rainey, Drew Gress, Rudi Mahall, Eddie Prévost, Willi Kellers and Steve Beresford. Arthurs also plays regularly with the very finest of his own generation - including Marc Schmolling, Almut Kühne, Miles Perkin, Philipp Gropper, Ronny Graupe and Wanja Slavin.
Tom was one of the first BBC New Generation Artists for jazz (2008-10), a participant in Serious' career development schemes 'Take Five' and 'Take Five Europe', and has recorded for ECM, Ozella, Act, Intakt, Babel, Unit, Jazzwerkstatt, Creative Sources, Babel and Not Applicable. He has performed in festivals including Berlin, North Sea, Cheltenham, Moers, Victoriaville, Jonquieres, Bath, Jazzd'or (Berlin and Strasbourg), London, Jazz Jantar, Jazztopad and Jerusalem, and has been broadcast by the BBC, Radio France, SWR, WDR, RBB, ARD, P2 (Denmark) and Ö1 (Austria).
Tom holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh (his work was an ethnographic approach to Berlin's Improvised Music scene) and he has given lessons, lectures and workshops at Jazz Institut Berlin, University of Oxford, Hochschulübergreifende Zentrum Tanz Berlin (HZT/UdK), Universität Potsdam and International Jazz Platform (Lodz)."-Tom Arthurs Website (http://www.tomarthurs.co.uk/bio/)
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2. Scharme 5:49
3. Herrgottli 10:15
4. Duch 11:10
5. Rereaux 20:24
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"The best music is always the one created by singular musicians, as we learned from the history of jazz. Tom Arthurs, Isambard Khroustaliov (the alias of Sam Britton) and Julian Sartorius are three of them in present times, and from them we can only expect... the unexpected. Arthurs has a duo with Khroystaliov for some years now, Vaucanson's Muse, and his collaborations with Sartorius aren't new either, but what we heard by them didn't prepare us for this trio.
Everything in Hangkerum happens in the domains of subtlety, nuance and detail, and sometimes it's difficult to understand who does what in the mix of timbres and textures or where compositon stops and improvisation starts. All the materials are melted, even considering the foreign origins of all the musical references. The muted trumpet sound is somewhat familiar to the Miles Davis one, but Arthurs couldn't be more distant from the Dark Prince. His lines and flights make us remember John Taylor and Jimmy Giuffre, but also the Berlin's Echtzeitmusik scene, composers like Ligeti, Ferrari and Feldman, the pygmies of Central Africa, Brazilian popular music and David Sylvian.
Khroustaliov's electronics may suggest the clynical research work done at IRCAM and STEIM, but it also reflects his collaborations with Aphex Twin and Matthew Herbert. A master of rhythmic patterns, Sartorius give us the very little, through repeated locked grooves, but also a unique perspective of amplification of the unheard, specially when manipulating non-musical objects. The result of the combination of these three inquisitive minds is astonishing."-Clean Feed
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