About the album
Ken Thomson (as, bcl), Russ Johnson (tp), Nir Felder (g), Adam Armstrong (b), Fred Kenneday (d)
Time Out/New York called him "The hardest-working saxophonist in new-music show business". Not without reason: Ken Thomson, co-founder of the successful band "Gutbucket", has also composed numerous songs. His latest project is "Slow/Fast". Thomson, who has followed the tradition of John Zorn and taken it further, selected a few of the best in the business for his band.
The collective experience was necessary to understand, play and interpret the compositions on "It Would Be Easier if" and use them as a basis for individual improvisations. Extensive, complex arrangements, which first seem to have been composed for a larger ensemble, are celebrated by the sextet with unbelievable fullness and concentration. Thomson calls the concept "21st Century Third Stream", which really often sounds like a classical chamber ensemble, but which also includes sounds and melodies that only are appropriate to our century. The music has already been performed in several festivals in the USA (Bang On A Can Summer Festival, Northside Music Festival, etc.) as well as in John Zorn's club "The Stone", and the project is also coming to Europe in 2010/11.
Heading for the Edison - The Goeyvaerts String Trio wins!
The Goeyvaerts String Trio wins an Edison Award in the category Chamber music for the cd 'Stabat Mater'! Other nominees in the same category were Steven Issirlis and Quator Ebene! In the jury report we can read: 'The Goeyvaerts String Trio makes Pärt’s Stabat Mater bloom as never before: crystal clear and ...Read more
Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble on tour
The Isabelle van Keulen Ensemble is touring The Netherlands and Belgium as we speak. Tonight a concert in Antwerpen (Amuz), the 15th in Amsterdam (Noorderkerk) and the 16th in Gouda (Schouwburg). The cd 'Tango' with music of Astor Piazzolla is part of the campagin Aangenaam Klassiek 2014 and available now for ...Read more