Darkly meditative and somber compositions for the lower registers of the grand piano accompanied by synthesizer, in two extended pieces by Je Suis! and Angles 9 pianist Alexander Zethson, using the interactions between the deep piano keys and synth more as a sound source than as a distinct instrument, each reshaping the other to create a cloud of sound.
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Label: thanatosis produktion
Catalog ID: THTCD1
Squidco Product Code: 30639
Format: 2 CDs
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded at KMH, in Stockholm, Sweden, on March 5th, 2016, by Zebastian Swartz.
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"Alexander Zethson has completed the bachelor performance programme in jazz at KMH and is currently studying at the second year of the master's programme with Lisa Ullén as his primary instrument teacher.
Alexander has participated in extensive concert and tour activities and has participated in fifteen record productions. The ensembles include:
• Niklas Barnö's free jazz group Je Suis!• A number of tours in Europe with Martin Küchen's group Angles 9
Alexander is also active as arranger and pianist in collaboration with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, a cooperation which began in 2011. Zethson, Sofia Jernberg and Lene Grenager has arranged music from Hallingdal and Røros performed by the TJO with Zethson, Jernberg and violinist/Hardanger fiddler Olav Luksengård Mjelva."-KMH Royal College of Music in Stockholm (https://www.kmh.se/alexander-zethson-received-the-rosenborg-gehrmans-scholarship)
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1. Pole Of Inaccessibility I 41:11
1. Pole Of Inaccessibility II 58:11
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"From the lower registers of the piano, a rumbling cloud of sound appears, in which sparkling overtones creates melodies and rhythms that points out the directions of the composition. In this sound world Earth meets Morton Feldman; meets Noto/Sakamoto; meets Philip Corner's piece "Gong" in its transcribed version for low strings. The Korg MS20 interferes now and then, making it impossible to clearly define the boundaries of the piano. The album download comes with a 99 page thesis in Swedish with reflections on the creation of the piece. "-Thanatosis Produktion
"You are both awake and asleep. Listening, but at the same time paying no heed to the experience. Am I talking about the ancient Buddhist practice of yoga nidra or the recording Pole Of Inaccessibility by Swedish pianist Alexander Zethson? Actually both.
The finest tribute that can be paid to these two discs of extended composition and improvisation is that the body is asleep while the unconscious mind is attuned at a much deeper level. Like the nidra experience, Zethson has created a meditative state where his music develops a new sense. Is it the sixth sense, or hearing +1?
Before we get all new age/crunchy granola. This is a solo outing by the pianist for the quartet Je Suis! and Angles 9 (which was formerly known as Angles 8) with, among others, Magnus Broo, Martin Küchen, and Mattias Ståhl. It is one of the most vibrant music ensembles to come along since the ICP Orchestra. Stripped of his role as ensemble pianist, Zethson paints with a post-minimalist brush here. His Steinway grand piano is accompanied by synthesizer. With both instruments coloring from a dark ambient palette, his left hand dominates with synth strains of rumble and hum and decomposing loops of sound. The closest comparison here is to that of Chris Abrahams' piano work in the trio The Necks. But where The Necks build momentum at a glacial pace, Zethson chooses to perpetuate congruent wave upon wave of sound. He draws from an enigmatic pool of subliminal tones that shifts the listening experience from passive to osmosis, the active process of emotional absorption. Just as the most effective meditation sessions tend to be."-Mark Corroto, All About Jazz
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