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Femklang was also included in the following best of-lists for 2011:
Eyal Hareuveni's Best Releases of 2011 - All About Jazz
Stanley Zappa's top-10 Albums Of The Year 2011 - Free Jazz blog
Fifty Favorite Jazz Releases from 2011 - Larry Appelbaum's blog
Featuring the Danish pianist and rising talent, Søren Kjærgaard, iconic drummer Andrew Cyrille and renowned bassist Ben Street, this cross-generational trio has been hailed by international critics for their two releases Optics (ILK140CD, 2008) and Open Opus (ILK166CD, 2010). Highlighting the compositional voice of Søren Kjærgaard, the three musicians challenge the traditional trio format, and their efforts in breaking new musical grounds has brought them to the stages of festivals and venues in Denmark, Spain, Italy, Canada and the US.
The third and present album Femklang is a work relying on its slow unraveling pulse to evoke a suspended, weightless sound world. By opening and closing with The Loop - a drum cycle penned by Andrew Cyrille - Femklang suggests an overall circular feel to the music; the repetitive becomes a way of looking into the various shades of a single entity, a note, say, a chord or a cymbal stroke. The music which is primarily written by Kjærgaard explores sound and silence on equal terms, as two inseparable aspects, converging composition and improvisation into an open sonic field with room for each individual voice to unfold.
Femklang was recorded at the legendary Avatar Studios in New York under the auspices of sound engineer James Farber who had the three musicians placed in one room in order to create a naturally resonating ambience. Both the sound aesthetic and the musical ground is in many ways a continuation of the two previous trio albums, and also draws a line to Kjærgaard’s duo collaboration with the poet, artist, philosopher and former tennis pro Torben Ulrich on their two releases Suddenly, Sound (ILK155CD) and Alphabet, Peaceful, Diminished (ILK167CD).
Femklang is released on cd in limited edition and will also be available for download on iTunes and at other digital music vendors.
The Danish word ‘femklang’ contains a variety of meanings. Fem-klang is put together by the two words fem, meaning five, and klang (as in German) meaning timbre or sound, according to both the sheer physicality of a sound and the individual perception of that sound: How one hears it, aesthetically, emotionally, cognitively. In music theory, klang can refer to a group of notes, like a chord or a cluster, which also points out the most frequent use of femklang in Danish, meaning five-chord or pentachord, also suggesting five-foldedness as such.
Album Of The Year 2011 - The New York City Jazz Record
Featured in the January Issue of the renowned New Yorker magazine. Download a pdf of the magazine at the link below.
Femklang is among All About Jazz's Best Releases of 2011.
Femklang is also among musicologist Larry Appelbaum's Fifty Favorite Jazz Releases from 2011
Another best-of-2011 nomination for Femklang, this time at the Free Jazz blog.
★★★★★★ (6/6) - Bergens Tidende, Norway
"Impressive jazz trio … Here we enter a large sonic space where every single note has an almost overwhelming value and force." - Bergenske Tidende, Nov. 2011 (translated)
★★★★★☆ (5/6) - Aarhus Stiftstidende, Denmark
"Bassist Ben Street is eminent in his subtle underpinning of Kjærgaard's floating voicings and precisely dropping notes. And you can hear how the drummer-legend Andrew Cyrille is playing with a whole life of experience; where each stroke, swing and pulse is played naturally, organically flowing and present. But it's first and foremost Kjærgaard's brilliantly luminous playing that creates the decisive moments of beauty and depth on the album as a whole" - Aarhus Stiftstidende, Dec. 2011 (translated)
"This is the third output from the trio spanning over three generations, but one common languague that enables us as listeners to be accompanied beautifully throughout the album and followed to the doorsteps by the same loop as in the opening, and with a sense of having been on a meaningful and deeply felt journey". - Allan Sommer, Jazzspecial (Dk) issue #124, Dec 2011-Jan 2012 (translated)
"With Femklang, Kjærgaard has made yet an unavoidable trio album that will beam for a long time." - Jazznyt, Denmark, Dec. 2011 (translated)
“ ... dreaming, almost casual, and yet a deeply consciuos use of a silent expression.” – Information, Denmark, Nov. 2011 (translated)
“This is avant-garde jazz that can be appreciated by both fans and non-fans alike. Accessible without sacrificing any of its heart.” – Bird Is The Worm (blog), Nov. 2011
"The legendary drummer, Andrew Cyrille, seems like the perfect match in Kjærgaard's trio … an exciting trio album and yet an example on the many possibilites that this classic trio format holds …" - Dagsavisen, Norway, January 2012. (translated)