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Christian Wolfarth

Acoustic solo percussion-vol.1

Label: Hiddenbell Records

Format: Vinyl 7”

Genre: Experimental

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Swiss percussionist Christian Wolfarth has a long resumé in jazz and improvised music, but I daresay this is probably the first bright red single he has been on. The first of four planned volumes, it pairs a lovely drone (presumably bowed cymbal/rubbed skin) with a very oddly lopsided full kit attack. That piece combines a constantly shifting base pattern with cymbal glare in a wunderfully upsetting manner.’ - Byron Coley, The Wire 309, November 2009
’That "volume 1" leads us to suppose that volume two (four are projected, I understand) isn't far behind – hope so, because these two tracks, "Skyscraping" and "Zirr", clocking in respectively at 6'32" and 4'30", are fine as far as they go, but leave one wanting more (you can always cheat and play them at 33 if you like, though that's not what Wolfarth intended..), and make it rather hard to assess the Swiss percussionist's progress since his previous excellent full length outing on For4Ears appeared in 2005. "Skyscraping" is a luminous drone – imagine a rather beefed-up Sean Meehan – while "Zirr" is a more energetic workout for snare and cymbals, which sounds remarkably like some of Sunny Murray's late 60s stuff. I await the next instalment with interest.’ – Dan Warburton, Paris Transatlantic, October 2009
Details
Cat. number: HR001
Year: 2009

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