Reviews that mention Moritz Anthes

December 21, 2020

The Dorf/Phil Niblock

Baobab
Umland Records 31

The Dorf is a band in a hurry. At least that’s the impression advanced by this two-CD set that reproduces a concert in Dortmund, Germany. Conducted by saxophonist Jan Klare the 34-piece configuration not only races through three pieces by Klare at steeplechase velocity, but also tackles a double-length version of American composer Phil Niblock’s drone piece “Baobab” that while clocking in at 46 minutes somehow seems to speed by in the duration of a long eye blink.

As concentrated as a slab of marble, the key to appreciate “Baobab” is to let the dense sequence proceed without expecting conventional highs and lows. Instead, as the movement almost overwhelms, mites of division flash by. Early on the shuddering power appears to include occasional voltage hisses, and by mid-point buzzing drones pushed out by each section of the orchestra seems to become deeper and darker. Wavering beats can be sensed within the hypnotic consolidation, and while the result is an extension of affiliated modulation, a generic calm is present along with raw potency. With no division of individual timbres the track unrolls until it stops. MORE

September 16, 2020

Check Test Check

Half Laboratory Half Band
Umland Records 30

Setoladimaiale Unit & Evan Parker

Live at Angelica 2018

Setoladimaiale SM 3880

Whether ad-hoc or regularly organized, committed to interpreting compositions or pure improvisation, little big bands can serve as flexible vehicles for musical expression. But besides a similarity in number of players, very little unites these ensembles except how each shrewdly solves sonic challenges. Live at Angelica 2018 adds veteran British improviser Evan Parker to a clutch of Italian players for a nearly 71¼ -minute single track sound exploration recorded in Bologna. Half Laboratory Half Band in contrast draws 10 players from the massive Essen-based The Dorf orchestra to experiment with five compositions by tenor saxophonist Jan Klare and two group improvisations that later may be added to the larger group’s repertoire. MORE