Saturday, March 12, 2022

Axel Dörner & Mazen Kerbaj - Döner Kebap [Al Maslakh Records 024 Promo]

Put out on the digital circuit via the Lebanon-based label Al Maslakh Records on March 4th, 2k22 is "Döner Kebap", the first ever, 'oh so Berlin'-like named collaboration album thought up and conceived by trumpet players and composers Axel Dörner and Mazen Kerbaj as a duo which have put up a roughly 55 minutes spanning body of work in which each of the artists solely occupies one stereo channel with his specific take on trumpet and electronics. Split in three pieces aptly titled "Döner", "Kebap" and "Ayran" the pair amalgamates sparse, crackly and minimalistic, partially Clicks'n'Cuts-reminiscent electronic textures with a variety of microtonal high pressure techniques and recordings of air flows passing through the instruments, throw occasional tonal improvisations into the mix which usually exceed the realms of even FreeJazz and FreeImprov with their eruptive, sometimes also longing nature whilst brutal, braincell-wrecking distortions, piercing sinewaves and what seem to be echoes of modular synthesis are also added to create a captivating listening experience for all dedicated connaisseuers of Avantgarde music that's made available for the first time through this release, roughly 5 years after its original inception and recording on February 28th, 2k17. Check.


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