Label: Important Records
Format: CD digipack
2016 restock. Catherine Christer Hennix's extraordinary live recording of 'Blues Dhikr Al-Salam', made on sunday 14th August at The Grimm Museum, Berlin. Swedish-American composer Christer Hennix is regarded among the elite of 20th and 21st century minimal composition, spending the 1960s studying the work of Iannis Xenakis and Karlheinz Stockhausen, and later becoming a noted disciple of Pandit Pran Nath and La Monte Young in the 1970s. Coincidentally, this piece was first premiered at Young's 70th birthday in 2005 synched with the infinitary computer animation NUR, and she has since extended her installation "in the venerable tradition of the pentatonic blues for a live-electronic ensemble", performing this expanded version last year, and also earlier in 2012 for her current home city, Berlin's CTM festival, in shows which can easily anywhere between this disc's 49 minute playing time and, theoretic âÃ‚ÂˆÃ‚Âž. In 2010 her recording 'The Electric Harpsichord' was ushered into an experimental electronic community barely aware of her existence, and, much like the recent unearthing and reappraisal of work by Eliane Radigue, has correctly earned her considerable reverence for its quiet complexity, purity and transcendent potential. Based on abstract and cosmic mathematic principles incomprehensible to the average listener and non-mathematician, 'Blues Dhikr Al-Salam' is manifested through voice, computer, microtonal tuba, trombone, time-mirage delay and careful sound engineering with assistance from Amelia Cuni, Robin Hayward, Hilary Jeffrey and Michael Northam. It is a work which will subtly, positively transform any space it's used in, and with careful, considered listening, finer tuned ears will marvel at the rich harmonic fidelities which arise from what is an ostensibly still drone piece. Stunning.(Boomkat)
The world premiere of the infinitary computer animation NUR and the accompanying infinitary computer sound composition SOLITON(E) STAR were given at Diapason Gallery (NYC) for the celebration of La Monte Young's 70th birthday in 2005.
Catherine Christer Hennix has now extended this installation in the venerable tradition of the pentatonic blues for a live-electronic ensemble.
Recorded live on Sunday 14 August 2011 at the Grimm Museum, Berlin