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Stephan Micus

The Music of Stones

Label: ECM Records

Format: CD

Genre: Experimental

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Tip, tip tip! *2024 stock. Deluxe packaging* Listening to the music of Stephan Micus – which is as itinerant and wide ranging as his life – is one of the most profound experiences possible today. Beyond categories and labels, this German artist was already way ahead of trends when he released his first album in 1976. Fifteen recordings later The Garden of Mirrors, his first CD since the phenomenal Athos, seems on the surface to be heading in a stylistic direction pointing towards the Orient. But upon further listening it’s clear Micus is exploring an internal universe governed by natural elements on the one hand and, paradoxically, by silence on the other.

“Passing Cloud”, “Gates of Fire” and “Words of Truth” are the titles Micus uses to name pieces that elaborate his personal liturgy and interpret the movement of water and wind, the flight of clouds and the voices of the spirit. An intrepid traveller and perpetual student, he has learned to play ancient and rare traditional instruments that are as evocative as they are esoteric. When he sings he sounds like a chanting mystic in a trance. The Garden of Mirrors is a recording to be experienced the way one would a journey, the type of voyage Bruce Chatwin would describe as “looking inward”- La Repubblica

Cat. number: ECM 1384, 837 750-2
Year: 1989
Compositions by Stephan Micus for the Resonating Stones of Elmar Daucher Digital Recording, Ulm Cathedral On back cover, Nobuko Micus is credited with playing "Resonating Stones" on both Parts 3 and 6, but the more detailed credits in the booklet reveal that the stones are not present in track 3. An ECM Production ℗ 1989 ECM Records GmbH © 1989 ECM Records GmbH

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