Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Copenhagen Clarinet Choir - Organism [Ar & Dag 010 Promo]

Scheduled for release via the Danish label that is Ar & Dag on September 2nd, 2k22 is "Organism", the roughly 43 minutes spanning debut album by the multi-national collective named the Copenhagen Clarinet Choir which is led by Irish woodwind composer - and player! - Carolyn Goodwin. Rolled out over the course of six extended pieces we see the collective exploring the beauty and possibilities of sixfold multilayered instruments, with the individual player merging with the entire ensemble to create one unique body of sound, a living and breathing organic sonic body. The musical range covered by the Copenhagen Clarinet Choir builds an ark from hovering, timeless and enchanted Ambient dronings to be found in the opening title track "Organism" which later evolves into contrapuntal call and response multimadness to the busy, buzzing and highly interactive forum for collective improvisation with a distinct FreeJazz-infused touch as well as (Neo)Classical influences of sorts presented by "Flocking Pt.2" whereas "Three Movements - Movement 1" focuses on slightly oscillating, spine-tingling minimal dronings whilst the eerie, microtonal ambience of "An Old Son Re-Sung" seemingly pays otherworldly and somewhat deconstructivistic homage to a traditional Irish melody just to pick a bunch of of favorites here. Defo a well interesting album, this. Check.


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