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Karlsen, Emil: Flux [VINYL] (Noumenon)

Norwegian-born drummer Emil Karlsen living in London presents his first solo drum album, and the first album on his Noumenon label, a series of 11 dynamic compositions and improvisations exploring extended techniques, timbre and textures, inspired as much by the likes of Cecil Taylor and Andrew Cyrille as by John Cage and Igor Stravinsky.

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product information:

Label: Noumenon
Catalog ID: N001
Squidco Product Code: 28034

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: UK
Packaging: LP
Recorded by Kieran Halpin.


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Artist Biographies:

"Emil Karlsen, originally from Norway, is a young drummer/improviser currently based in Leeds, UK. He is active on the UK jazz and improvised music scene establishing himself as a new, original voice. In 2019 he released his solo record "Flux" followed by a 7 date UK tour. His playing highlights dynamics, timbre and textures, all done with an organic mindset. His work as improviser consists of doing both acoustic and electro-acoustic solo performances, working in ensembles spanning from duos to octets and beyond, exploring graphic scores with an interest in audio visuals using both digital and analogue medias, all done with a focus on creating boundary-pushing music. His mentality of exploring the sonic possibilities of the drum kit is brought into all of his projects forming his unique expression. He is seen across the UK with various large and small ensembles ranging from being a solo performer to percussionist in the London Improvisers Orchestra. Apart from being a busy performer, he also run the label noumenon - a label for improvised music with a Scandinavian presence."

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track listing:


1. Waves pt. 1 02:59

2. Changes 02:17

3. Air 04:26

4. Flow 01:42

5. Colours pt. 1 01:38

6. Colours pt. 2 02:22


1. Rain 02:25

2. Form 02:03

3. Irregular 01:24

4. Current 05:26

5. Waves pt. 2 01:55
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"Emil Karlsen's solo EP Flux is based around making the most out of the drum set in terms of extended techniques, timbre and textures - improvised. Inspired by his Norwegian background, this project is portrait of many years thinking compositionally and texturally about the drums, especially when put in a solo context. His main inspiration lie in the improvised music scene flourishing in the early 60's with names such as Cecil Taylor and Andrew Cyrille, but also classical composers such as John Cage and Igor Stravinsky. Challenging both the role of the drum set as well as the listener is the key aspects of this EP."-Noumenon

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