Category: Markus Reuter

Stephan Thelen – Fractal Guitar 2 (MoonJune 2021)

By Marcello Nardi Mar 27, 2021 0

Like a place I’ve been before, Stephan Thelen’s music retains that level of intimacy to my ear, whatever he plays. Exploration of rythmic fractals are, from the perspective of the Swiss guitarist, a neverending source of looking glasses and revolving doors that hint at a direction and take another. No surprise that Fractal Guitar 2, the sequel to the 2019 album on MoonJune Records, starts with a similar pattern with a the same line-up of incredibly high level of musicianship, but then veers in another place.

Markus Reuter – String Quartet No.1 ‘Heartland’, Matangi Quartet [Solaire Records 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Apr 16, 2019 0

INTERVIEW March 2019 – I just remembered that when I started composing last summer, a friend asked what kind of techniques I am using. I tried to explain. I remembered a game child play. It’s like a moving part on a world, like you have a complex music composition here on the bottom, but on top there’s a shape moving, which allows to see only some things. This is actually how Heartland was composed. It’s like a shape with holes that moved on top of a colored surface.

Stephan Thelen – Fractal Guitar [MoonJune 2019]

By Marcello Nardi Jan 23, 2019 0

When I go to a concert I like to hear the ideas behind the actual music and how these ideas unfold and evolve over the course of time. In other words, I’m always interested in a process that is based on a good and interesting idea which is presented in a very clear and transparent way. The idea itself can be very simple, but it should have the potential to create complex and interesting results. With Sonar we often very slowly build up a piece where one instrument starts and then others join in. In that way, you can clearly… Continue reading

Xavi Reija – The Sound of the Earth [MoonJune 2018]

By Marcello Nardi Dec 11, 2018 0

A photographer is literally somebody drawing with light. A man writing & rewriting the world with light & shadows – Wim Wenders, The Salt of the Earth For everyone who felt in love with The Salt of the Earth, the iconic picture by Wim Wenders about the life and the work of master photographer Sebastiao Salgado, watching black and white art photography changed like never before. The sense of emotional charge, the gut feeling that those images hinting at an inner sense of world and humanity provoked, all those things were disclosed like never before. The earth, in its basic nudity,… Continue reading

Markus Reuter feat. Sonar and Tobias Reber – Falling for Ascension [Ronin Rhythm Records 2017]

By Marcello Nardi Dec 6, 2017 0

English version Su un muro della mia città, peraltro abbastanza coperto dal sole, campeggiava un verso del poeta Paul Eluard, Nulla potrà turbare l’ordine della luce. Mi é rivenuto in mente ascoltando Falling for Ascension di Markus Reuter, con Tobias Reber ed i Sonar. Un lavoro che posiziona l’ascoltatore in un mondo luminescente ed immobile, dove di fatto é lui il protagonista con la sua meditazione. Tutto é pervaso da un equilibrio tra la luce, il suo ordine rappresentato dalla disciplina minimalista, e la stabilità, la protezione dal turbamento dell’estasi e la meditazione. La storia di Falling for Ascension inizia quando Markus Reuter… Continue reading

Orion Tango – Orion Tango [2015]

By Marcello Nardi Nov 8, 2015 0

Quando ascolto un power trio (chitarra, basso voce) sospeso tra tempi prog e improvvisazione semi-destrutturata la mente mi va quasi automaticamente ad esperimenti come Bozzio Levin Stevens, oppure il trio di McGill Manring Stevens o quello di Alex Skolnick.Tutti esperimenti a cavallo fine anni ’90 inizio 2000 dove si testava un ambito di improvvisazione partendo dalla matrice prog. Gli Orion Tango hanno una matrice decisamente simile, alla quale aggiungono sinistri ostinati, tappeti ambient, crescendi shoegaze il tutto con un sound decisamente in presa diretta, da garage improvisation. La title track ha questa partenza lenta, ipnotica. Sotto un groove deciso della batteria cresce la… Continue reading