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Supported by an eleven-piece ensemble cast, Markus Reuter embarks on a most ambitious project of sorts. Recorded in front of a live audience in Mannheim, Germany, in 2017, "Sun Trance" could perhaps best be described as a sort of trance-avantgarde-psychedelic sonic hybrid.
Of course, doing so might seem to unduly neglect the deep, intricately melodic orchestration inherent within the seamless arrangements punctuating its compelling compositional framework ... or Mannheimer Schlagwerk's hypnotic collective vibe: marked by a floating, dynamically unified delivery. While a diverse assembly, the musicians – led by the direction of vibraphonist and producer, Dennis Kuhn – function with a fine Swiss timepiece-like precision, with the end result exuding a comparable polished presence.
Pinning a label on this lavish work might also serve to downplay the seemingly omnipotent, thundering down from the heavens-like presence by which Markus alternates between articulating melodies and thematic motifs, and exposing the dark, obtuse harmonies lurking: mysteriously cloaked within the music's bountiful fabric.
His enticing textural work aside, Markus Reuter's guitar work has never sounded bigger or more commanding. His huge, shrieking overdriven tones carry the music to some shimmering (and pleasantly surprising) heights. The guitar passages expose complexities, nuance and harmonic possibilities that reflect not only the perspective of an imaginative, intuitive improviser, but also the insight and acumen of a profound composer.
You can get lost in this music, but, rest assured, it will find you. Essential feeding for the more ravenous, yet refined, of progressive and avant-garde packs.
released August 7, 2020
World-premiere performance on May 23 2017 at Alte Feuerwache, Mannheim, Germany
"Sun Trance" was commissioned by Prof. Dennis Kuhn on behalf of Mannheimer Schlagwerk.
Dennis Kuhn: Vibraphone
Ti-Hsien Lai: Vibraphone
Luis Andrés Chavarría Báez: Glockenspiel
Lukas Heckmann: Glockenspiel, Shaker
Marius Fink: Crotales, Shaker
Oğuz Akbaş: Crotales, Shaker
Maria Wunder: Bass Clarinet
Patrick Baumann: Electric Guitar
Johannes Engelhardt: Electric Bass
Hye-Rim Ma: Synthesizer
Linda-Philomène Tsoungui: Drums
Markus Reuter: Touch Guitars® AU8, Soundscapes
Markus Reuter is a German composer who has earned critical acclaim throughout Europe, Japan, North and South America for his work as a composer, guitar player, guitar designer, sound designer, producer and teacher.
VANTOMME is project of DOMINIQUE VANTOMME from Belgium (Fender Rhodes, Moog, piano, mellotron), with TONY LEVIN (bass, stick), MICHEL DELVILLE (guitar), MAXIME LENSSENS (drums). Psychedelic prog. Markus Reuter