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KVL (Quin Kirchner / Daniel Van Duerm / Matthew Lux): Volume 2 [VINYL w/ DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

Exploring the crossing point of jazz and funky electro-beats, experimental electronics and dub grooves, the Chicago trio of Quin Kirchner on drums, percussion, sampler & electronics, Daniel Van Duerm on acoustic & electric pianos, organ, mellotron & electronics and Matthew Lux on bass & electronics dig more deeply into their engaging and upbeat approach to modern forms of fusion improv.

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS213LP
Squidco Product Code: 33202

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2023
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded at Shirk Studios in Chicago, Illinois, by Nick Broste.


Quin Kirchner-drums, percussion, sampler, electronics

Daniel Van Duerm-acoustic and electric pianos, organ, mellotron, electronics

Matthew Lux-bass, electronics

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"Volume 2 is the long awaited followup from the all-star Chicago trio of Quin Kirchner, Daniel Van Duerm & Matthew Lux. Although it's been three years since their debut, Volume 1, KVL has continued to hone their brand of call-it-whatever-you-want jazz, keeping many of the same meditative and ambient qualities as their previous album, but expressed in new and different ways - Van Duerm's repetitive and winding organ lines on "Absent Crash," Kirchner's steady & insistent "Compared to What" beat in "Pink Void," and Lux's steady & subtle bass lines throughout.

But that's not to say this a rehash of their previous work, as Marcus J. Moore astutely noted at the end of his 2019 review of Volume 1,

"On an album full of lush tranquility, "Bladewalker" snaps you back to reality while foreshadowing KVL's next move."

And Volume 2 does step boldly into new territory. The trio gives us the wild free jazz of "Percival's Dilemma," the meeting of electro and afrobeat on "Microvibe," and finally, "Interconnectivity Suite," a stunning 10 minute journey through fields of experimental electronics, dub groove rhythm section interludes that are so tight you could wind your clock to them, ruminative electric piano and eventually ending back into a world of lush tranquility.

KVL isn't coming back around full circle, rather Volume 2 finds KVL expanding and refining their sonic palette. A focus on looking forward instead of behind, and giving us yet another glimpse of what is to come in the future. But for right now, Volume 2 sounds just right coming out of my speakers and I couldn't be happier. "-Astral Spirits

Artist Biographies

"Quinlan "Quin" Kirchner (born December 14, 1981) is an American jazz and improvisation musician (drums, percussion).

Kirchner received lessons from the age of ten at the Academy of Movement and Music and Merit Music Program of Chicago. With a scholarship from the Basin Street Scholarship, he studied at the University of New Orleans at age 18 with Ricky Sebastian, Jason Marsalis, Troy Davis and Johnny Vidacovich. He earned a bachelor's degree in jazz studies and worked in New Orleans u. a. with Jeff Albert, Irene Sage and Ed Petersen. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Kirchner moved to New York City, where he received his master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music under John Riley graduated before returning to Chicago. There he works since then u. a. with Jeb Bishop, Daniele D'Agaro, AJ Kluth, Greg Ward, Dave Rempis, Matthew Golombisky and the formations flashing., From Beyond (inter alia with Katherine Young, Tim Haldeman), Zing!, Lucky 7s and Elliot Bergman's NOMO. In Germany, Kirchner joined Georg Gräwe and Tobias Delius as part of RUHR.2010 - European Capital of Cultureon. In the field of jazz he was involved between 2006 and 2012 in five recording sessions."

-Wikipedia (Translated by Google) (

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Daniel Van Duerm is a Chicago-based pianist & keyboardist, known for his work with Paid Time Off, Set Self On Fire, Bonzo Terks, Peabody & Sherman, & KVL.

-Squidco 9/25/2023

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Bassist Matthew Lux is a member of Chicago Odense Ensemble, Exploding Star Orchestra, Heaven And Earth, Heroic Doses, Isotope 217, Life Lives, Mandarin Movie, Pulsar Quartet, Rob Mazurek Quintet, Underground Jazz Trio, and his own Matthew Lux Communication Arts Quartet. (

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Track Listing:


1. Pink Void 5:34

2. Bandwidth Prana 5:36

3. Absent Crash 6:00

4. Percival's Dilemma 1:44


1. Microvibe 5:10

2. Interconnectivity Suite 9:44

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