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Banabila, Michel: Tapu Sampler 2016 (Tapu Records)

Michel Banabila's excellent melodically experimental electroacoustic label Tapu in their 2016 double CD sampler, with tracks from Banabila, Asid & Banabila, Banabila & Van Geel, Banabila & Machinefabriek, Banabila & Erker, and Banabila/Erker/Samson.
 

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Michel Banabila

Salar Asid-violin

Mete Erker-clarinet

Oene van Geel-viola

Anton Goudsmit-guitar

Joost Kroon-drums

Rutger Zuydervelt-electronics

Ernst Reyseger-cello

Joshua Samson-percussion

Hannes Vennik-electronics

Eric Vloeimans-trumpet


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UPC: 75390986785

Label: Tapu Records
Catalog ID: 0001TR16
Squidco Product Code: 21503

Format: 2 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: Netherlands
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Science fiction writer and visionary Philip K. Dick once stated that the ultimate in paranoia would be that things are turning in on you. Not my boss, but my boss's phone is plotting against me. Dick died in 1982, the same year that Blade Runner came out, the movie based on his novel 'Do Androids Dreams of Electric Sheep?' that would eventually turn him into a cult hero. But that's beside the point. What matters is that Philip K. Dick made his statement long before every new phone update sends us to a state of frenzy.

Michel Banabila, not born yesterday, must have intuitively understood Dick's notion a long long time ago. In a sense he's a classical electronic composer, if there is such a thing, who has a knack for the most sweeping melodies and can branch out in any style that might fit his ideas. A versatile musician, no doubt, but at the core of his art lies a slight distrust of things as they are, a certain doubt that gives his music no uncertain edge. It's that edge that makes Banabila's music not just good, but extraordinary.

Tapu Records is Banabila's very own label, taking its name from his cat, and also indicating a Polynesian traditional concept denoting something holy or sacred. The Tapu Sampler 2016 you hold in your hands collects mostly his recent tracks, some conceived with others, some solo. The sheer range of music alone is impressive. The introvert and intense mixture of viola (played by Oene van Geel) and sinus tones that make up 'Sinus en Snaar' sits uneasily next to the occasionally frantic 'Jump Cuts', recorded with drummer Joost Kroon, and the breezy 'Narita', performed with Machinefabriek (Rutger Zuydervelt). However, all of them have something essential in common: they conjure up strong images. This is music you can almost see.

A recurring element in the music of Michel Banabila is still the voice, no surprise for long time admirers who remember the infamous VoizNoiz series. It's in the YouTube-samples that give 'Take Me There' its eerie feeling, in 'In Other Words' where he uses fragments of text to create a new language, in 'E.T.', in which Banabila treated his own voice into some otherworldly sound, a piece that featured recently in a mix by renowned French DJ Rone, next to tracks by Autechre and Caribou. In his urge to always seek new ways Michel Banabila's music seems constantly out of place when it is just as much of the times, whereof this collection is living proof."-David Kleijwegt, November 2015

Tracks from:

Jump Cuts (Michel Banabila)

Amal (Asid & Banabila)

Music for viola and electronics (Banabila & Van Geel)

Travelog (Banabila & Machinefabriek)

Big Data Poetry (Michel Banabila)

Viewpoint (Banabila, Erker, Samson)

Route Planner (Banabila & Erker)

In Other Words (Michel Banabila)

Music for viola and electronics II (Banabila & Van Geel)

Banabila & Machinefabriek (Banabila & Machinefabriek)

Traces (Michel Banabila)

Hilarious Expedition (Michel Banabila)

The Latest Research From The Dept. Of Electrical Engineering (Michel Banabila)

Gorlice 2014 live (Michel Banabila)

Artist Biographies

"Salar Asid (born 14 November in Erbil, Iraq), is a professional Kurds violinist and composer who specializes in middle eastern and western classical music. Salar is best known for his musical contributions in over 60 albums, both as a soloist and composer for various artists and orchestras. He has performed live for famous singers, such as Kadim Al Sahir, Assi El Hallani, Majid Al Mohandis, ivan Perwer, and more. He joined the band Oxford Maqam in 2017, and together worked on Walt Disney's Aladdin (2019 film) movie soundtrack and featured in the palace scene of the movie as the musical band in the background. He has also contributed musically to the movies, Son of Babylon and Kavoka Spi.

Asid started playing the violin at an early age. He completed his Bachelor's degree in Music at Fonty's Academy of Music and Performance Arts in the Netherlands where he resided in the past. Salar completed his Master's at the Salahaddin University (Fine arts) in Erbil. He currently resides in London, United Kingdom."

-Wikipedia (https://wikitia.com/wiki/Salar_Asid)
2/21/2024

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"Violist / composer Oene van Geel (1973) is a true adventurer in music. Influenced by jazz, chamber music, Indian music and free improvisation, he has applied his virtuoso improvisation skills and his composition talents to a wide scope of musical activities. He toured in Europe, India, Japan, the USA and Canada.

As a player he is currently active with: Zapp4, Estafest, The Nordanians, Haanstra & van Geel and a duo with Matteo Mijderwijk. Besides these groups he is regularly invited as an improvising guest soloist.

He has won the Boy Edgar Award (2013), the Sena Performers Toonzetters Award (2012, with Zapp4) Kersjes Award (2005, with Zapp4), the Deloitte Jazz Award (2002), Dutch Jazz Competition (2001) and the Jur Naessens Music Award (2000).

Oene composes for his own groups, but also writes for other ensembles / soloists such as:

The David Kweksilber Big Band, Osiris Trio, New European Ensemble, Calefax, Ensemble Black Pencil, Amstel Quartet, Steven Kamperman Quintet, Frederieke Saeijs, Remy van Kesteren & Eric Vloeimans, Eric Bosgraaf, Jeugd Orkest Nederland, Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Matangi Quartet, Tetzepi bigtet, Ricciotti Ensemble, Nikolay Shugaev, David Braid and many others.

In 2015 Oene wrote his first viola concerto for Emlyn Stam and the New European Ensemble (premiered 18 December at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam).

Oene often gets commissions by festivals such as: Het Nederlands Vioolconcours (2016), Cello Biennale Amsterdam (2016 and 2008), 25 years Osiris Trio (2014), Storioni Festival (2013), Orlando Festival (2012), North Sea Jazz Festival (2005), SJU Jazz Festival (2002), Marathon Festival Oosterpoort (2002).

As a player and / or composer he was involved in theatre productions with the following companies / directors: Silbersee, Holland Opera, Marcel Sijm, Hollands Diep, Boukje Schweigman, Eric Vaarzon Morel, Saartje van Camp, Tafel van Vijf (Herman van Baar), De Wereldband and the Sonnevanck theatre.

Oene has a special interest in dance: he often works with dancer/ choreographer Kenzo Kusuda, dancer/ choreographer Heather Ware and he will do a collaboration with choreographer Kalpana Raghuraman in 2018."

-Oene van Geel Website (http://oenevangeel.com/biography/)
2/21/2024

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Anton Goudsmit: "Amsterdam based guitarist and composer Anton Goudsmit is a whirlwind of creativity, capable of thrilling the audience with his irresistable groove and unique musical personality.

His inventiveness and joyfulness make Anton a much sought after performer; every concert is a thrilling ride for the audience, his colleagues, and himself."

-Anton Goudsmit Website (https://antongoudsmit.nl/)
2/21/2024

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"Joost Kroon (Rotterdam, 11 September 1981) is a Dutch drummer. At the age of 11, Kroon had already made his debut in the professional circuit, as a percussionist with the Rotterdam Volkstheater. There he played three seasons. He graduated at the Rotterdam Conservatory on 24 June 2003 with a 10 cum laude. In that year Kroon already played at New Cool Collective. Kroon plays in the bands, Kane, Candy Dulfer, Sven Hammond, Sinas, Benjamin Herman Quartet, Hans Teeuwen, Carice van Houten, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Ken Stringfellow, among others.Matt Simons, Ruben Hein, JB Meijers and Ladies Of Soul. In the studio he works with producers such as Gordon Groothedde, Tjeerd Oosterhuis, Holger Schwedt, JB Meijers, Ken Stringfellow, Rob van Donselaar and Sven Figee. He is a teacher at the conservatories of Amsterdam and Haarlem."

-Wikipedia (Translated by Google) (https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joost_Kroon)
2/21/2024

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"Machinefabriek is the alias of Rutger Zuydervelt. Rutger's music combines elements of ambient, noise, minimalism, drone, field recordings and electro-acoustic experiments. His pieces can be heard as an attempt to create sonic environments for the listener to dwell in. Finding tension in texture, tone and timing, the result can be very minimalistic at first glance, but reveals itself upon closer listening. The devil is in the details.

Rutger was born in 1978 in Apeldoorn (The Netherlands) and now resides in Rotterdam. He started recording as Machinefabriek in 2004. After a series of self released cd-rs, his official debut Marijn was issued in 2006, with great critical acclaim. Since than, a solid stream of music was released on labels such as Type, Important, Home Normal, 12K, Entr'acte, Dekorder, Miasmah, Consouling Sounds, Experimedia and Staalplaat. He performed all over the globe, from Canada to Israel and from Russia to Japan.

Rutger collaborated (on record and/or live) with numerous artists, such as Steinbrüchel, Jaap Blonk, Aaron Martin, Peter Broderick, Frans de Waard, Mats Gustafsson, Steve Roden, Gareth Davis, Stephen Vitiello, Michel Banabila, Dirk Serries and Dead Neanderthals, amongst many others.

He frequently works with film makers, like Makino Takashi, Mike Hoolboom, John Price, Paul Clipson and Chris Teerink, for whom he composed a soundtrack for his documentary about Sol LeWitt. Rutger also recorded the music for the Canadian drama The Cold and the Quiet from 2014. Furthermore, his music was used in Edward Burtynsky's Watermark, the drama Stone (with Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton) and Josh Fox' influential Gasland and Gasland Part II documentaries. Besides films, Rutger also composes music for dance pieces, like Alix Eynaudi and Kris Verdonck's EXIT (premiéred at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin), Alexander Whitley's The Measures Taken (for the Royal Opera in London) and Beheld (for Candoco Dance Company), and multiple pieces by Spanish/Dutch choreographer Iván Pérez. Then there's Rutgers installation work, in which the dialogue with the environment plays an important role. He did projects for Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, NAi (Dutch Architecture Institute), the new Armando Museum MOA, Sounds Like Audio Art in Saskatoon (Canada), the Into the Great Wide Open Festival, Netwerk in Aalst (Belgium) and children's museum Villa Zebra in Rotterdam."

-Machinefabriek Website (http://www.machinefabriek.nu/about/biography)
2/21/2024

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Track Listing:



CD1



1. Take Me There 05:11

2. Amal 08:13

3. Jump Cuts 09:13

4. Sinus en Snaar 11:44

5. Narita 06:20

6. Crowds (Big Data Poetry Mix) 06:34

7. Unfinished Business 05:40

8. Deep In The Forest 08:08

9. IOW web SDR mix 08:09

CD2



1. Hephaestus 12:49

2. Flares 02:32

3. E.T. 02:23

4. Ramgana 07:22

5. I Won't Play Your Game 03:55

6. Gorlice 2014 41:00

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Electro-Acoustic
Various Artists & Compilations
Electronic Forms
Electro-Acoustic Improv
Improvised Music
Electronica
New in Experimental & Electronic Music

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