Released on ad21music on the date of the label's 10th anniversary, this release sees Argentinean Bruno Sanfilippo in collaboration with the prolific German drone and overtone musician Mathias Grassow. Beautiful, soft, elegant piano melodies and subtle, enveloping drones. "Ambessence Piano & Drones" sets a new level of blissful dreaminess. Hazy, gossamer breathing strains with the lightest of touches hang weightless, shapeless as if the very air itself has been transformed into to music. Sometimes the underlying sonic textures are so transparent they might simply be environmental recordings, a thickening of emptiness…
Electronic legends and like-minded drone masters Alio Die (born Stefano Musso) and Mathias Grassow conspired to create one of 2003's finest ambient releases. Expanding Horizons, a double-CD set, features deep drones, smooth samples, gentle rhythms, and subtle melodies. Die recorded his basic tracks in '99. Grassow added his touches and arranged and mixed the final master in '01 and '02. Klaus Wiese (singing bowls, zither, Indian strings) and Carsten Agthe (percussion) added their expertise as well. So, these discs feature three of the greatest drone artists ever - Grassow, Die and Wiese…
Wintersilence is a project of German ambient musician Mathias Grassow. A surprising and ambitious trip from ambient to cosmic paths. This work has various influences, but all titles have something in common, they all seem to run after to an evocative attitude. Mysterious vocals, acoustic sounds, epic musical structures with Nordic sensations. Rhythms and melodies cross themselves in a mixture of savage screams, primitive emotions and futuristic effects. A really beautiful piece of work encased in a lush double-digipak which really does this release justice.
Alio Die and Aglaia, in their collaborations, manage to create the union between land and air. The suspended flights of Aglaia always find mysterious lands on which to glide (Monte analogo). In this album when Alio Die suggests ancient motifs Aglaia transports them close to pure electronic flows (Celestial stream). Some traces (New form of elementals, The first step depends on the last) are so enchanted that they can not be placed anywhere else, only between past and future, in a present exclusively contained by the transcendent sound ritual, a key-sound, strongly desired and present in the space of this new album.
The early opera of Antonín Dvorák recorded here definitely falls into the historical oddity category. It's in German, not Czech, set to a libretto by a poet long dead by 1870, when the work was composed, and it is unknown why Dvorák would have undertaken such a sizable project. The subject is a British king, Alfred the Great, who also inspired the opera by Thomas Arne that contains Rule, Brittania, and even shows up in the Vikings television miniseries.
Sur le mythique violon « Hel » du Musйe de la musique, Mathias Lйvy interprиte des arrangements modernes et audacieux de compositions du maоtre, dйployant toute sa puissance йmotionnelle et crйative. Il est entourй de Jean-Philippe Viret, qui fut contrebassiste aux cфtйs de Grappelli, de Sйbastien Giniaux, le gйnie de la guitare manouche йgalement violoncelliste, et de Franзois Salque, violoncelliste hors norme, en invitй. Ensemble, ils rйinventent le jazz а cordes, proposant un hommage personnel et йmouvant а Stйphane Grappelli.
Alio Die knows the sound and this album is an acoustic cathedral, but it could also be the sound of an ancient forest or what is more pure has survived or escaped the implacable vortices of space-time. A pure, charming, superlative album, where Alio Die opens passages, planing, flying through. There is no uncertainty, no swelling, no cracking, the sounds emerge, appear and disappear within a solid soundtrack. Thanks to such dilated sounds the listener sees in the distance. It looks like through a crystal sphere, the trained ear reads messages that Alio Die has received from other worlds thanks to an accustomed sensitivity now capturing in every sound event the sacred and essential.