With OPEN CONTINUUM Wim Mertens presents his second project with symphonic orchestra. In 2006 the composer recorded Partes extra partes, a studio production with the Brussels Philarmonic directed by the Argentinian conductor Dante Anzolini. Since then, Wim Mertens regularly performed with a piano/voice and symphonic orchestra setup, with among others Madrid, Murcia, Berlin and Brussels Philarmonic’s orchestras. The composer considers the production and the performing with symphonic orchestra as one of the facets of his musical activity.
The group MOBILE develops integral musical concepts within a ritualistic framework. The performance of the music is usually combined with a multi-medial set-up of the surrounding space.
Slide on This is Ronnie Wood's best record. Written in collaboration with Bernard Fowler (backing vocalist of the Rolling Stones, and lead singer in several Charlie Watts'records) is very inspired and very intriguing. Testify, Breathe on Me and Always Wanted More are among Ronnie's best songs ever–they're as fresh as 'I can feel the fire' but they have better lyrics. The record is enriched by (the reproduction of) Ronnie's paintings. It's kind of curious that the Stones have only sporadically (pretty Beat Up, Dance, ..) used Ronnie's compositions. In any case, Slide on this is a must.
Jonah Sharp's second proper album keeps much of the atmospheric beauty of Sea Biscuit intact, but the material usually works only as an introduction to devastating beat work on tracks like "Kairo" and "Funkyar," both of which recall the chunkier side of jungle and electro quite convincingly. All in all, Emit Ecaps is a fascinating fusion of hard and soft.
"Continuum" is one of the top albums of the '80s and a leading contender for best ECM release of that decade. The sound is extraordinary as is typical with many other Manfred Eicher produced ECM recordings. Bruninghaus' compositions are catchy and his keyboard work is exquisitely tasteful.