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Airkraft (Caldwell / Whyman / Van Der Kooij): Pyongyang Express (FMR)

A travelogue from the saxophone trio of Pete Whyman, Frank Van Der Kooij and Chris Caldwell, documenting their tour through Beijing to Pyongyang in North Korea through field recordings and musical sketches.

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UPC: 649849982223

Label: FMR
Catalog ID: FMR 324
Squidco Product Code: 16358

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Great Britain
Packaging: Digipack, not sealed
Recorded at Coombehurst Studio, Kingston University in April 2010. Recorded live at the Bookworm Beijing in April 2009. Field samples recorded in 2009 and 2010 in the DPRK.


Pete Whyman-soprano saxophone, alto saxophone

Frank Van Der Kooij-tenor saxophone

Chris Caldwell-baritone saxophone

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"This CD is the retrospective recording which was the result of this ten day adventure back in the Spring of 2009. It is a travelogue which combines the trios collective improvisations, Frank Van De Kooijs musical sketches with field samples taken from the streets and state media of the DPRK."-FMR

Artist Biographies

"Chris graduated from the Guildhall School Of Music & Drama in 1986 having studied with Stephen Trier. As a performer he's been involved with some of Britain's leading contemporary composers and ensembles including The Mike Westbrook Orchestra, BCMG, Steve Martland Band, London Saxophonic, Michael Nyman Band and The Delta Saxophone Quartet.

Chris has also performed with many of the UK's leading orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, CBSO, Royal Opera House, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and the Philharmonia. He has worked in the West End for the last fifteen years playing in many productions including Les Miserables, Cats, Chicago, Follies, City Of Angels, Guys and Dolls and La Cage aux Folles.

His commercial work has seen International tours with the London Concert Orchestra (Anton & Erin from Strictly Come Dancing), Shirley Bassey Orchestra in Russia, Lebanon, Turkey, Cairo and the UK plus tours of Asia, Japan and Europe with the Michael Nyman Band, Grahamophones, and for a variety of theatre groups.

Since 2009, Chris has been exploring and developing a new area of improvisations and compositions with Susie Hodder-Williams, inspired by the natural history of Dartmoor. The Mariner's Way CD is the first result of this fruitful partnership which was launched at the Greenaway Barn Gallery as part of the Devon Open Studios. In 2010, he set up a performance series, in Devon, called Music on the Edge which has found its first home in the engaging Long Room, Drewsteignton."

-Delta Saxophone Quartet Website (

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Track Listing:

1. Pyongyang Express 0:37

2. Trainspotting 2:51

3. DPRK 1 0:27

4. Double Entry 5:09

5. DPRK 2 0:21

6. Hugh 4:45

7. DPRK 3 0:20

8. Howlin' Woolf 1:49

9. Mind Interception 3:08

10. DPRK 4 0:06

11. Freedom 4:02

12. DPRK 5 0:26

13. Golden Cirkel 2:39

14. DPRK 6 0:16

15. Darwin Blues and the Evolution Horns 4:02

16. DPRK 7 0:20

17. Shadows of Arirang 0:55

18. Hugh's Loops 0:31

19. Virtually 'live and well 7:09

Related Categories of Interest:

Improvised Music
European Improvisation and Experimental Forms
Field Recordings
FMR Records
Trio Recordings

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