STELLARI STRING QUARTET

VULCAN

EMANEM 5047

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PHILIPP WACHSMANN violin
CHARLOTTE HUG viola
MARCIO MATTOS cello
JOHN EDWARDS double bass
 

1 - Mauna Kea - 6:46
2 - Pulvermaar - 5:19
3 - Yasur - 3:45
4 - Kilauea - 4:28
5 - Popocatépetl - 3:59
6 - Erebus - 3:54
7 - Tujle - 5:06
8 - Bardarbunga - 6:52
9 - Batu Tara - 2:12
10 - Dallol - 9:24
11 - Ambrym - 3:45

All digital studio recordings made in London (St.Mary’s Church Stoke Newington and Iklectic Art Lab)
by Philipp Wachsmann - 2016
Total time 55:52

All previously unissued

 

Excerpts from sleeve notes:

Space. Sound in space. Or astral spheres. Distinct. These are unfiltered galaxies, neither compressed nor endowed with artificial reverberation, confident in being themselves, as represented with great care by microphones and binary digits. Space that expands and contracts like breathing or the beginning and end of a cosmos … from gossamer-fine solo violin melody all the way through four musicians eight hands four instruments bows and sixteen strings – so much, so little, just so. A physics of friction, attack and release, as infinite as the universe. The physics of time, its one-way street to far-off entropy miraculously expressed through improvisation – no other process comes as close – and beautiful fragments of those irretrievable moments held here to be experienced again inside another time, place, way, person.
Caroline Kraabel

The players each draw on lengthy, varied experiences and backgrounds ranging from jazz to classical and non-western music, visual work, dance and pottery.
The interaction of participants includes the listeners – as John Berger elaborated – who derive their individual experiences from how they hear in the moment.
Vulcan, an acoustic quartet, using improvisation processes, is contributing to the treasure trove of ‘String Quartet’ compositions, repertoire, performances and quartets. The medium is particularly flexible, human and personal.”
Philipp Wachsmann

 

 

 

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