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ARTIST
TITLE
Whispering Eurasia
FORMAT
CD

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NEOS 40903CD NEOS 40903CD
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RELEASE DATE
7/2/2013

2010 release. Whispering Eurasia, the first recording of this established ensemble, draws on the aesthetics of Chinese classical music, Japanese improvisation, American-style jazz, and European free improvisation. What the four members of this multi-cultural, multi-national, multi-tradition group have in common is a sensitivity to live, dynamic interactions. Whether working though composed material, conceptual constructions, or complete free improvisation (all of which are represented on Whispering Eurasia), all four sense each others' thoughts and moods, contributing to and altering musical landscapes in real time. Gunter Baby Sommer has been a vital part of the German free-jazz movement since its birth in the 1960s, working with fellow pioneers such as Peter Brötzmann, Alexander von Schlippenbach, and Evan Parker. Sommer is famed for his delicate touch, dramatic statements, and unifying personality, all of which binds the disparate voices of Whispering Eurasia. Performed by Gunda Gottschalk (vilolin), Xu Fengxia (guzheng/sanxian/voice), Akira Ando (double bass), Gunter Baby Sommer (percussion).