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Bothen, Christer: Ambrosia [3 CD BOX SET] (thanatosis produktion)

Swedish contrabass clarinetist Christ Bothen in six extended works, the first and third disks a series of solo works using incredible technique and concentration, the 2nd disc a large work in an ensemble with fellow deep reedists Hans Koch & Per Texas Johansson, double bassist Vilhelm Bromander, pianists Kristine Scholz & Tisha Mukarji, and a spectral narrative from Sofia Jernberg.
 

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Christer Bothen-contrabass clarinet

Alexander Zethson-grand piano

Boa Pettersson-bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet

Hans Koch-bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet

Per Texas Johansson-bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet

Vilhelm Bromander-double bass

Kristine Scholz-piano

Tisha Mukarji-piano

Sofia Jernberg-vocals


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UPC: 16443867

Label: thanatosis produktion
Catalog ID: THTBOX4
Squidco Product Code: 30641

Format: 3 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: Sweden
Packaging: Box Set - 3 CDs
Recorded in Vada Kyrka, Sweden, on March 2nd, 2020, by Zebastian Swartz.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"The clarinetist Christer Bothén , born in Gothenburg in 1941 , presents five new pieces with his new album Ambrosia , which are spread over three CDs. For these recordings, the experimental musician concentrated on his two main instruments, the bass and double bass clarinet. In addition, he strengthened himself for the recordings of some of the pieces with well-known musical core of the scene around instruments such as double bass, bass and piano. The main focus is definitely on all kinds of sounds that can be achieved with the two wind instruments.

Naturally, nothing catchy or particularly melodious comes out of such a constellation. But that's not the point here. Christer Bothén produces atmospheres, lets notes reverberate for a long time and also produces one or the other abstract percussion with his instrument. The result is a highly unreal cosmos of sound that fluctuates between atmosphere and cacophony, nowadays they are called contemporary.

In this type of sound art, the space and the resulting sound is an important component, and this is really impressively implemented here. You can hear the musician's breath, the tones are given the space they need to develop and the game between sound and silence is well implemented.

The whole thing is heavy fare, for which you have to be in a balanced mood and have the courage to venture into new worlds of sound."-Wolfgang Kabsch, Musikansich (translated by Google)



"Contrabass clarinet solo with reverberation from a grand piano. The soloist opens and shuts his eyes in order to signal the assistant to, at a given moment, press down on the sustain pedal of the grand piano to create resonating string timbres resulting from what is played on the contrabass clarinet. "-thanatosis produktion


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Artist Biographies

"Christer Bothén born 1941 in Gothenburg, based in Stockholm, Sweden. Composer, musician and artist. His main instruments are bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, donso n'goni and guimbri. Bothén spent 1971 - 72 in Mali, where he studied hunter's music and donso n'goni with master Broema Dombia in Bougouni, Wassoulut. In 1977 he took up gnawa music studies with master Maalem Abdellatif Elmakhzoumi in Marrakech, who he studied with until the master passed away in 2017. From 1970 onwards, Bothén collaborated with Don Cherry, and he also taught Cherry the donso n'goni. In 1980 Bothén started Bolon Bata, a band that toured intensively, performing Bothéns compositions. Its members included Bosse Skoglund, Marianne N'Lemvo and Ulf Lindén. Later the band became Bolon X, adding band members Morgan Ågren and Rafael Sida. From 1990 onwards, Bothén has continued leading his own groups, and has also collaborated frequently with multi-reedist Mats Gustafsson, performance artist and musician Sara Lundén and cornetist Goran Kajfeš."

-Thanatosis (https://thanatosis.org/christer-bothn)
4/10/2024

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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)
4/10/2024

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Boa Pettersson is a Swedish clarinetist, known for his work with KammarensembleN, Christer Bothen, and the Norrköping Symphony Orchestra.

-Squidco 4/10/2024

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"Hans Koch plays bass clarinet and soprano saxophone. He has played alongside of musicians such as Cecil Taylor, Evan Parker, Fred Frith, Paul Lovens, Barry Guy, Barre Phillips, Phil Minton, Peter Kowald, Hans Reichel, Tom Cora, Jim O'Rourke, Fennesz, Elliott Sharp, Anthony Coleman, DJ M. Singe, Voicecrack, Günter Müller, Jean-Marc Montera, and Joëlle Léandre in Europe, America, and Asia-and still managed to maintain his association with the Koch-Schütz-Studer Trio. He has put out compact discs on various labels."

-ActuelleCD.com (Dame, Ambiances Magnetiques) (http://www.actuellecd.com/en/bio/koch_ha/)
4/10/2024

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"Per "Texas" Johansson

Bold as brass! How else can one describe Per 'Texas' Johansson's music? With a wide-open mind he mixes whatever, whenever. He lets styles and moods come and go, while his attack remains as bold as brass.

In "Farornas hav" he and his comrade-in-arms Fredrik Ljungkvist rush to the fore - of what could be pure blues-rock, if it weren't that the instruments and playing style don't really fit. In the title piece for his second CD, Alla mina kompisar (All my pals) he invokes the excursions on paper-brittle night ice characteristic of free, piano-less jazz. Then he turns to Jan Johansson's sleepily bluesy Blues i oktaver (Blues in octaves) and emphasizes the carefully considered, audacious intervals with an indolently growling energy.

Per 'Texas' Johansson switches from tenor sax to clarinet and on to bass clarinet as easily as he changes style and mood. He places himself centre stage with a natural authority which nevertheless lets his fellow musicians - saxophonist Fredrik Ljungkvist, bassist Dan Berglund and drummer Mikel Ulfberg - compete on the same terms.

This technique makes Per 'Texas' Johansson's music generous and outgoing. And bold as brass!"-Johan Scherwin, Translation: Sven H.E. Borei

-Svensk Musik (http://www.mic.se/avd/mic/prod/micv6eng.nsf/DocsByCodename/single_object!opendocument&external=http://www.mic.se/avd/mic/prod/personer.nsf/WebV6BiografierAOEng/3088D052B464699C412566040040DD74)
4/10/2024

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"Vilhelm BroMander (1988) is a Swedish bass player, improviser and composer based in Stockholm. He embraces his bass from many different angles, with a great curiosity in sound, texture, intonation and timbre. Often he directs his focus to acoustic details such as beating, common partials and difference tones - to hear what happens with our perception when we allow ourselves to be immersed in sound for a longer stretch of time. He draws inspiration from a wide variety of genres such as improvised music, free jazz and electronic music as well as his studies of just intonation and dhrupad.

As an improviser he has played with musicians like Axel DöRner, Tisha Mukarji, Michael Thieke, Sten Sandell, Christer BothéN, Katt Hernandez, Lisa UlléN, Henrik Olsson to name a few.

Also being a popular session musician he has played with among others Daniel Johnston, Saigon, Musette, Joe Davolaz, Josefin öHrn + The Liberation, The Tiny & Music Is The Weapon."

-Vilhelm Bromander Website (http://www.vilhelmbromander.com/about.html)
4/10/2024

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"Kristine Scholz (born in Oława, Poland - once Ohlau in German Silesia) is a German pianist. Scholz studied at Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg with Eckhart Besch and Konrad Richter, as well as Hochschule für Musik Köln with Wilhelm Hecker and Aloys Kontarsky. Since the early seventies, Scholz has made Sweden the base of her pianistic activity."

-ArtistInfo (https://music.metason.net/artistinfo?name=Kristine%20Scholz)
4/10/2024

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"Tisha Mukarji (born 1979) is a pianist, composer, and artist who holds an MFA from the Master's Program in Fine Arts at Malmö Art Academy, Malmö. She has performed and recorded her work extensively in Europe. She is the author of Auscultation (2010) and released the CDs Outwash (2012), Endspace, (2008), and D is for Din (2006). Mukarji lives and works in Berlin. [Last updated 2013]"

-Former West (http://www.formerwest.org/Contributors/TishaMukarji)
4/10/2024

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"Sofia Jernberg (born 5 July 1983, Ethiopia) is a Swedish experimental singer and composer.

Between 2002 and 2004, Jernberg studied jazz at Fridhems Folk High School. Later she studied for Per Mårtensson and Henrik Strindberg at The Gotland School of Music Composition. In 2008, she received the Royal Swedish Academy of Music's jazz award.

Jernberg is the leader (together with the pianist Cecilia Persson) of the chamber jazz group Paavo. The group received the "jazz group of the year" award from Swedish Radio.

Jernberg is also working on the contemporary classical music scene, in which she serves as both singer and composer. As a singer she has premiered pieces by composers such as Lars Bröndum. She was a soloist with Norrbotten NEO when they performed Arnold Schönberg's Pierrot Lunaire. Jernberg has composed for several established ensembles such as Duo ego and Norrbotten NEO."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sofia_Jernberg)
4/10/2024

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Track Listing:



CD1



1. Nightrain

2. Seismology

3. Nothing

4. It

CD2



1. Zon

CD3



1. Ambrosia

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