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Friday, August 31, 2012

Magda Mayas & Christine Abdelnour - Myriad (Unsounds, 2012) ****

By Stef   

German pianist Magda Mayas and Lebanese saxophonist Christine Abdelnour are known for their sonic explorations that go way beyond the sound you can expect from their respective instruments. After last year's "Teeming", we find them back for this album. Again a short one, thirty-five minutes in total, yet as you can expect each one of them incredibly intense.

Basically, the only thing you get on this CD are sonic sculptures, raw, organic, sensitive, .... rhythm, pulse, patterns, harmonies and lyricism are absent, totally absent, just to be replaced by new sparks of imagination, full of as yet unimagined territories, with effects that can as easily frighten as move the listener.

The end result is beautiful, with music stripped of every useless ornamentation or decoration, revealing a level of physical and emotional sensitivity coupled with a coherent aesthetic vision.

The fascinating aspect is that despite the succession of a myriad of sounds, their interaction also offers an interesting dynamic movement, with changing scenes and evolving levels of intensity.

Fragile, ethereal, intense and beautiful. A great listening experience for music lovers with open ears.

Listen and download from CDBaby.

© stef