Challenge
Big Circle
Michael Riessler

Big Circle

CD | Intuition | 0750447343528 | INT 34352 | 02-12

About the album

Is he allowed to do that? Associations with the large orchestral works of Frank Zappa strike you when you listen to "Big Circle", the latest album by Michael Riessler. That is more than intended too. However, while other musicians are awestruck faced with Zappa's work and try to copy his compositions note for note, Riessler succeeds in that he integrates these associations consciously into his own work. And it is precisely for this reason that you can honestly maintain that he is allowed to do that!
Riessler always finds time to try out new things and release then as recordings. His discography includes more than 30 albums, including daredevil jazz recordings, radio plays, modern classical music and film music. Riessler describes his approach to music as follows: "I could never sit down and just compose a piece." To find a language for composition at all, I need a completely different, arcane grammar. I want to hear the unknown, grab something out of the air and put it together while continually surprising myself at the result."
Michael Riessler has had an intimate music friendship with Zappa drummer Terry Bozzio for more than 10 years, who lets his drumsticks whirl on the track "Hemis". Above all, "Hemis". On one hand, it is the final piece on "Big Circle". On the other hand, it concludes a "work in progress" of Riessler, or perhaps it is "only" a provisional statement, because the career of Michael Riessler is far from over. Contrary to the rest of the album, which was recorded completely in Nuremberg, Hemis is a work created over a period of 10 years, in which many fellow-travelers of Riessler were able to contribute their creative input. In addition to the already mentioned Bozzio, these included Mike Svoboda, Bobby Rangell, Bill Forman, Klaus Burger and JJustafré, among others.

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Darf der das? Mehr als einmal überfallen einen beim Hören von „Big Circle“, dem neuesten Album von Michael Riessler, Assoziationen zu den großorchestralen Werken Frank Zappas. Und das ist wohl auch mehr als beabsichtigt. Doch während andere Musiker in Ehrfurcht vor dem FZ-Werk erstarren und Note für Note dessen Kompositionen nachzuspielen versuchen, gewinnt Riessler, indem er diese Assoziationen selbstbewusst in sein eigenes Werk integriert. Und gerade deshalb kann man aufrecht behaupten: der darf das! Riessler selbst beschreibt seinen musikalischen Ansatz so: „Ich könnte mich nie hinsetzen und einfach nur ein Stück schreiben. Um überhaupt meine eigene kompositorische Sprache zu finden, brauche ich eine völlig abseitige Grammatik. Ich will Unbekanntes hören, etwas aus der Luft greifen und zusammenfügen, und mich dabei immer wieder selbst überraschen“. Mit dem Album „Big Circle“ hat er es geschafft, nicht nur sich selbst, sondern auch uns positiv zu überraschen.

Tracklisting
    • 1
      Introduction
       
      04:42
    • 2
      Raster
       
      02:25
    • 3
      Double
       
      03:53
    • 4
      Circle
       
      04:02
    • 5
      tthh
       
      04:45
    • 6
      Indy
       
      07:01
    • 7
      Net
       
      06:42
    • 8
      Aruno
       
      03:41
    • 9
      Berenice
       
      06:39
    • 10
      Hemis
       
      07:00
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