A mesmerising performance! Christof Kurzmann: lloopp, vocals Sofia Jernberg: vocals Martin Brandlmayr: drums Joe Williamson: double bass
Disquiet is a special quartet that came together on the stage of the Konfrontationen festival in 2018. Initially formed and lead by Austrian electronic musician Christof Kurzmann, the project is reflecting the difficult political situation of the refugee movements to Europe - and how politicians deal with it in a selfish and unhumanitarian way.
Christof Kurzmann, Sofia Jernberg, Martin Brandlmayr (Radian) and Joe Williamson reinterpret and process in quiet waves of emotions and thoughtful lyrics - concentrated music between serenity and sheer beauty, esp when Kurzmann and Jernberg sing a duet with Joe McPhees lyrics "A concert is also an artistic polyphony of voices and temperaments, and there is something special going on here. It is in the way these musicians balance abstraction with direction. It is in the way Martin Brandlmayr carefully uses those thin sticks and that extended drum kit, and Joe Williamson thatbow, the strings and body of the bass, to create t his ever transforming, detailed rhythmical and textural flow. It is in the way Sofia Jernberg uses her voice in the subtlest of ways, her breath, soft moans and occasionally voluminous siren call joining the four-way discussion. Or in the way Christof Kurzmann guides this quartet with his lloopp software, a restless web of textures, mirror and echo effects, sonar pulses, discreet and alienating hums. Even in its quietest moments, there is a tangible tension at work, a disquiet perhaps, but one affected by an untamable beauty and iridescent poetry." (Guy Peters, 2020)
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