Cellist GUILHERME RODRIGUES (Portugal, residing in Berlin) and guitarist DIRK SERRIES teamed up for a chamber music-esque session at the Sunny Side Inc. Studio (Anderlecht, Belgium). THE SAGE FLOWER is that collection of detailed interaction, acoustic outbursts and linear minimalism*. The album is released in a limited run of 100 copies on the prolific Creative Sources label from Portugal
Recorded, mixed and mastered at the Sunny Side Inc. Studio (Anderlecht, Belgium) on March 13th, 2022. Released on Creative Sources.
[My two cents: outbursts of din, overlapping stochastic bursts, oft-times caustic reverberation, musical janglings, danglings . . as well as occasional chords and even . . . notes!].
A podcast is forthcoming . . . as soon as I can wrap my head (and ears) around this latest flurry . . !
Released July 12, 2022
Arid Desert Flower | Avant-Garde/Ether-Jazz/Jazz/Noise | 79:19
Eclectic combinations of scratchy noise disguised as music (sometimes bordering on melody!); extraneous machinations and utterances never before heard via strings, woodwinds & reeds!
Predominantly sourced from A New Wave of Jazz’s recent (June ~ August) catalog releases, this also introduces works by Ensemble Ektòs, rand (rand will appear on September’s #ambient podcast as well) & Matthew Whiteside — which fit in perfectly with the avant-garde/experimental sound for which I was striving.
(the title & art were driven by one of the albums represented herein: The Sage Flower, by Guilherme Rodrigues & Dirk Serries).
A pleasure in the construction, I’ve watched (and listened) to the various iterations of A New Wave of Jazz over these past several years — and have tried to keep up with the innovation & improvisation presented with each new bundle of releases. I think that this podcast represents, thus far, the best I’ve heard to date. It stands upon the shoulders of previous compositions and yet, incredibly, inches forward & onward!
(and, btw, check out Martina Verhoeven’s whirl-wind piano-work on track 12!)
Listen via Mixcloud or Hear.This
01 Hydra Ensemble – Vista IV (excerpt)
02 Dirk Serries & Asmus Tietchens – Höfner Akte 8A/8
03 Ensemble Ektòs – Semèia Kài Tèrata (parts 1 ~ 6)
04 Guilherme Rodrigues & Dirk Serries – Punctuation Marks
05 Dirk Serries, Anton Mobin & Quentin Stokart – Stochastic Regions (1.8)
06 Ensemble Ektòs – Semèia Kài Tèrata (part 14)
07 Dirk Serries, Daniel Thompson & Martina Verhoeven – Today & All the Tomorrows (l)
08 rand – 9.3
09 Guilherme Rodrigues & Dirk Serries – Temperal
10 Tullis Rennie, Cath Roberts & Dirk Serries – Moving Sideways
11 Matthew Whiteside – Quartet No. 5 (Remix)
12 Onno Govaert, Martina Verhoeven & Dirk Serries – Twofold (l)
13 Colin Webster & Matthew Grigg – Brain Free Circus
14 Alan Wilkinson & Dirk Serries – Upshot
Sometimes reckless meanderings, finger plucking & excursions, dancing around the concept of Avant-Garde, causative sonance.
Released June 13, 2022
Dirk Serries : acoustic guitar
Asmus Tietchens : processing
Iris Pompesius – photo
Karajew – graphic art