This end-of-the-millennium quartet session probably best defines all the inherent contradictions in who ECM attracts to the label – what kind of musician records for them – and what concerns these artists and ECM's chief producer (and creator) Manfred Eicher hold in common. This set, although clearly fronted by Markus Stockhausen and Arild Andersen on brass and bass, respectively, allows space for the entire quartet to inform its direction. Héral and Rypdal are not musicians who can play with just anybody; their distinctive styles and strengths often go against the grain of contemporary European jazz and improvised music. Of the 11 compositions here, four are collectively written, with two each by Andersen and Stockhausen.
Alba is the premiere recording of trumpeter Markus Stockhausen’s duo with pianist Florian Weber, a formation in existence for some six years now. Though very different in their connections to the language of jazz, both musicians share a deep interest in the process of creative expression: of looking inwards and outwards with intensity at things, for echoes, resonances, insights. Initially, the duo experimented with electronic sounds, also to create the “opening sounds” that have attracted Stockhausen since he first played with Rainer Brüninghaus’s trio in the early 1980s.
here creates his own, convincing language by juxtaposing idioms from jazz, classical and contemporary music and free improvisation, to form fresh new, lively organisms.Symbiosis, the Concerto for Trumpet and Clarinet, is characterised by electrifying rhythms, scintillating harmonies, vibrant strings and the soaring virtuosity of the two soloists. It was written “to create a major work for Tara Bouman and me in which we can play as equally important soloists, and combine our different sound colours and playing techniques.”
Yoga is the ability to direct the mind exclusively toward an object and sustain that direction without any distractions. GAZING POINT is an audio excursion or bridge leading to the other side of conditioned existence. Each title is based on yogic teachings dealing with the process/practice of meditation. Meditation is often thought of as a mean of returning to man's real home-God through methods which take one beyond maya (cosmic illusion) to a state of clarity and peace.
Markus Stockhausen, the virtuosic trumpet soloist for many of his father Karlheinz Stockhausen's works such as "Hymnen," "Sirius," and "Michael's Reise," released this solo recording in 1995. Of it he stated: "The idea was to create a unique kind of music that is neither totally improvised nor composed. 'Comprovisation' was the word that came to my mind.....