People pray in a church. On 19 May 2018Robert Rich & Markus Reuter played in a church, and did something that was truly new. Their program for The Gatherings Concert Series merged the aesthetics of Classical Music with the profanity of improvisation; as this duo did not just acknowledge the mystery of existence, they celebrated it. Their album Flood Expeditions: The Gatherings 19 May 2018 presents the full concert - where Rich performed at the grand piano and Reuter with his Touch Guitar and digital processing before a rapt Philadelphia audience. Some audiences sing along, or clap, while others may drink, dance, sway or bob. Symphony attendees read the conductor's notes. At The Gatherings we listen, which provided Rich & Reuter with an opening to delve deeper into a new set of explorations - of a magic they had first encountered in the making of their 2017 studio album Lift a Feather to the Flood. These guys know all the notes, chords, scales, majors and minors. Yet the works found on Flood Expeditions are about the subtle power of sound - not for decorating the live space, but for a glimpse into something spiritual. With its ever-fading atmospheric tones and digital haze their realizations may seem a formless vacuum, yet everything is balanced by optimism. Rich's piano notes resound through reverberation, surrounded by surreal fluttering environmental textures. Whether playing the keys seated, or reaching into the piano to pluck, scrape and strum its inner workings, he seems to produce emanations from a lifetime of receiving and expressing wonder. Reuter waits deep in the soundscape to find many electric moments. His guitar first breathes lowly, then asserts a color of succinct distortion in heated lead lines, expanding soon into ethereal consonance. Using a uniquely routed echo, he even manages to wedge in a conversation with himself. Rather than root the audience to where they sit, together Rich & Reuter transport us to an immaterial realm - where an internal guidance awakens. This music represents something outside of ourselves, upon which we project our thoughts and contemplations. There are no instructions for listening to Flood Expeditions, there is only the sensation of hearing. As we endeavored to hear their message in the darkened sanctuary this performance reminded us of the nature of possibility - of what we can become. But Robert Rich & Markus Reuter cannot play us into the answers, we must live into them ourselves.
Please tune in to this week's broadcast of STAR'S END for music from Flood Expeditions: The Gatherings 19 May 2018 the live collaboration by Robert Rich & Markus Reuter
Robert Rich & Markus Reuter: The Gatherings 19 May 2018 (Part 3)
Jason Sloan - Live on STAR'S END 08.05.18
Exploring sound, texture and atmosphere, the music of Jason Sloan is often smooth and spacious. It opens up and fills ambient areas with the slow motion of sustaining chords and a gradual metamorphosis of timbre. By adding the elements of rhythm and melody, his works provide a surprisingly deeper examination of the interior landscape. With layers of reverberant e-bow guitar over sampled percussion loops or cloud-soft synth pads churning alongside digital-age beats, Sloan's musical ideas posses a shimmering exuberance. Sparking, then smoldering, his music plays out across an ever-changing landscape - and deserves praise for aiming so high.
Jason Sloan will perform a live-to-air radio concert during the 08.05.18 broadcast of STAR'S END
Electronic Musician, Concert Organizer and STAR'S END Host Chuck van Zyl took part in WXPN's 2018 Online Fundraising Auction with the offer of a unique listener experience. The winning bidder of Auction Item #113 receives a one-on-one workshop with Chuck van Zyl covering synthesizer basics, followed by a private salon spacemusic concert for the winner and ten friends at WXPN's World Cafe Performance Studio. This fundraiser closed at 7:00PM on 11 April 2018 to great success. Thanks to Tony Masiello for his generous winning bid for the private lesson/salon concert! and Thanks very much to everyone who took part in the auction! Your support is sincerely appreciated!
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