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Femklang
Søren Kjærgaard, Ben Street, Andrew Cyrille

Femklang

CD | ILK Music | 5706274002959 | ILK 181 | 11-11

About the album

Featuring the Danish pianist and rising talent, Søren Kjærgaard, iconic drummer Andrew Cyrille and renowned bassist Ben Street, this cross-generational trio has been hailed by international critics for their two releases Optics (ILK140CD, 2008) and Open Opus (ILK166CD, 2010). Highlighting the compositional voice of Søren Kjærgaard, the three musicians challenge the traditional trio format, and their efforts in breaking new musical grounds has brought them to the stages of festivals and venues in Denmark, Spain, Italy, Canada and the US.

The third and present album Femklang is a work relying on its slow unraveling pulse to evoke a suspended, weightless sound world. By opening and closing with The Loop - a drum cycle penned by Andrew Cyrille - Femklang suggests an overall circular feel to the music; the repetitive becomes a way of looking into the various shades of a single entity, a note, say, a chord or a cymbal stroke. The music which is primarily written by Kjærgaard explores sound and silence on equal terms, as two inseparable aspects, converging composition and improvisation into an open sonic field with room for each individual voice to unfold.

Femklang was recorded at the legendary Avatar Studios in New York under the auspices of sound engineer James Farber who had the three musicians placed in one room in order to create a naturally resonating ambience. Both the sound aesthetic and the musical ground is in many ways a continuation of the two previous trio albums, and also draws a line to Kjærgaard’s duo collaboration with the poet, artist, philosopher and former tennis pro Torben Ulrich on their two releases Suddenly, Sound (ILK155CD) and Alphabet, Peaceful, Diminished (ILK167CD).

Femklang is released on cd in limited edition and will also be available for download on iTunes and at other digital music vendors.

The Danish word ‘femklang’ contains a variety of meanings. Fem-klang is put together by the two words fem, meaning five, and klang (as in German) meaning timbre or sound, according to both the sheer physicality of a sound and the individual perception of that sound: How one hears it, aesthetically, emotionally, cognitively. In music theory, klang can refer to a group of notes, like a chord or a cluster, which also points out the most frequent use of femklang in Danish, meaning five-chord or pentachord, also suggesting five-foldedness as such.

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Ein Trio, das Generationen übergreifend besetzt ist: der dänische Pianist Sören Kjaergaard ist ein viel beachtetes Talent, Andrew Cyrille ist ein seit Jahrzehnten etablierter Drummer und Ben Street ist als Bassist längst in der Mitte des Lebensalters, aber auch in der Mitte der gefragten Bassisten angekommen. Es ist bereits die dritte CD des Trios - das zwar traditionell besetzt ist, das Format aber für ganz neue Deutungen benutzt. Ihr spezieller Sound hat sie schon auf zahlreiche europäische Festivals geführt.

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