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Sanders, Mark / Emil Karlsen: Muted Language (Bead)

Steering far from pyrotechnics or histrionics, the drum duo of UK legend Mark Sanders and Norwegian residing in the UK and part of the new direction of Bead Records, Emil Karlsen, present six percussion improvisations that focus on textural interaction, melodic progression, polyrhythms, and sonic excitement through percussive elements; an exceptional duo.
 

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Emil Karlsen-drums


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UPC: 59042248717772

Label: Bead
Catalog ID: Bead 45
Squidco Product Code: 33041

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: UK
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Eiger Studios, in Leeds, UK, in April and May, 2021, by Chris Sharkey.

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"I have been lucky enough to do gigs with both of these wonderful drummers, in duos and larger ensembles. I am very excited that they have come together to Record a duo album. Chris Sharkey has done a wonderful job recording them, we are placed very near the drums and thus perceive all overtones and subtle shifts in timbre, including the swishing sounds emanating from manipulated cymbals.

We hear Emil Karlsens's kit on the left-hand side and Mark Sander's on the right. Their styles are individual but compliment each other beautifully. Each track showcases a wide range of different areas from textural sustained sonic to polyrhythmic contrapuntal dialogies. Sometimes we hear sounds shift slowly from left to right and back and again, whereas on other occasions we hear moment by moment interactions where fleeting sparks drift very quickly across the stereo field.

The interplay is consistently wonderful and very musical. Emil and Mark have known each other for several years and comprehend each other's playing very well. the selected material/vocabulary is carefully chosen, and the result is a fantastic drum duo album full of variety. The playing is virtuosic though out, but never at the expense of musicality."-Phil Durrant (December, 2022)"


Artist Biographies

"Mark Sanders has played with many renowned musicians including Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Derek Bailey, Henry Grimes, Roswell Rudd, Peter Brotzmann, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Jah Wobble, Sidsel Endresen , Charles Gayle, Peter Evans and William Parker. He works with John Edwards in a duo and with groups including Evan Parker, `Foils` with Frank Paul Schubert and Matthius Muller and groups with Veryan Weston, John Tilbury, Agusti Fernandez and Mathew Shipp. Mark works in a regular improvising duo with John Butcher and also performing John`s composition `Tarab Cuts` which has played festivals in Rio de Janiero, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Glasgow, Bristol and London. In a trio with cellist Okkyung Lee, John and Mark have played in Belgium, France, England and Scotland. He also has a longstanding duo with Sarah Gail Brand which has featured on the BBC`s `The Stuart Lee Show`and in the film `Taking the dog for a Walk`.

He has performed solo for a Christian Marclay exhibition at The White Cube Gallery in London, Evan Parker`s festival`Unwhitstable` in Wroclaw, Poland for `Solos Festival` The 100 Years Gallery London, an improvised music series in Derby and Cafe Oto in London. Working with Christian Marclay in his `Everyday` piece for film and live music, he has performed in Aldeburgh, Ruhr Trienalle, Vienna Bienalle, Holland festival and London`s QEH and has also collaborated with him playing for the film `Screenplay`in London and Lisbon. In situations using composition in one form or another Mark works in various projects including `13 Vices` with Brian Irvine/Jennifer Walshe, Alex Hawkins Ensemble featuring Peter Evans, Simon Fell Ensembe, groups with Hasse Poulsen and Luc Ex , Sarah Sarhandi`s `Both Universe`, Elaine Mitchener`s `Sweet Tooth` and has played in the groups of Shabaka Hutchings including`Sons of Kemet` Conceptual Artist Sam Belinfante collaborated with Mark in his piece `On the One Hand, and the Other` in two exhibitions at Camden Arts Centre, London For Conceptual artist Henrik Hakensen`s film `The End` he has performed as an improvising soloist with orchestras conductedd by Jessica Cottis, playing the music of John Coxon in Glasgow, Sydney and Monte Carlo As a guest with New York`s ICE Ensemble he has performed John Zorn`s `The Tempest` in London and at Huddersfield New Music Festival.

Mark also works in the groups of Paul Dunmall including Deep Whole Trio with Paul Rogers, in duo and `Frisque Concordance` with Georg Graewe , and the ensembles of Mikolaj Trzaska, Uwe Oberg and Peter Jaquemyn. He has performed in the USA, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Morrocco, South Africa, Australia, Mozambique and Turkey, playing at many major festivals including Nickelsdorf, Riga, Ulrichsburg, Glastonbury, Womad, Vancouver, Isle of Wight, Roskilde, Berlin Jazz days, FMP, Mulhouse, Luz, Minniapolis, Banlieue Bleues, Son D`hiver and Hurta Cordel."

-Mark Sanders Website (http://www.marksanders.me.uk/biography.html)
5/28/2024

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"Emil Karlsen is a Norwegian improvising drummer currently based in the UK. Described as a "significant addition to the UK free jazz scene" and an "exceptional improv drummer", he's establishing himself on the improvised music circuit working the span from free improvisation to free jazz. Occupied with the exploring timbral possibilities of the drum kit, he performs with Philipp Wachsmann, Matthew Bourne, Phil Durrant, Maggie Nicols, Ed Jones, and the London Improvisers Orchestra to mention some."

-Emil Karlsen Website (https://emilkarlsen.com/)
5/28/2024

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Track Listing:



1. The Opening 8:17

2. Words Not Spoken 4:35

3. Dialetic Dialects 8:53

4. Diversions 5:26

5. Muted Language 3:50

6. Parting Of Ways 7:03

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Improvised Music
Free Improvisation
Jazz
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
London & UK Improv & Related Scenes
Percussion & Drums
Duo Recordings
New in Improvised Music

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