CD CSM/DSM 4755Â
Hermann BÃ¼hler clarinet, fluteÂ
Lisa Moskow sarodÂ
Geoffrey Gordon tabla
sojourn features the original music of sarodist Lisa Moskow and clarinetist Hermann BÃ¼hler. The compositions of Hermann BÃ¼hler and Lisa Moskow reflect their backgrounds, BÃ¼hler as a major player in the European free jazz/new music scene and Moskow as a veteran musician of the North Indian classical tradition. These diverse elements of sojourn's music are seamlessly fused together and as such have come to represent a new genre: world beat, world jazz or East-West fusion might be appropriate names. The music is based on distinctive rhythmic cycles, exotic scales, ostinatos and improvisation. Improvisation is woven into the fabric of the music so as to breathe new life into each performance.
sojourn has been performing since 1992 with various world music percussionists, includingÂ Geoffrey Gordon, Amit Thakur and, most recently, Rami Ziadeh.
Hermann BÃ¼hler and Lisa Moskow met in Los Angeles in 1990 where they were invitedÂ to play in a quartet with cello and voice at Beyond Baroque, Los Angeles. In 1992 they played their music in a concert at Installation Check-Point/Escher-Wyss in Zurich, Switzerland.Â Since that time they have performed several tours in California, Switzerland, Italy and Mexico.
Dirk Richardson from the San Francisco Bay Guardian writes about the music of sojourn:Â
"When the musician's imagination is global it liberates the instrument from both geography and culture, from any particular genre or idiom.
sojourn is a joint venture of American sarodist Lisa Moskow and Swiss reed player Hermann BÃ¼hler, accompained on this recordings by tabla player Geoffrey Gordon. This unusual journey provides myriad glimpses into boundless new musical possibilities.
Likewise, through interwoven and keenly balanced cycles of rhythm and melody, the clarinet and the Nordindian sarod of SOJOURN create expansive moments of pleasure and charm. Through their combination of reverence and restlessness, they preserve the dignity of their many musical sources while creating worlds that have never existed until now."
For more information on sojourn visit the webpage http://www.dreamscape.ch
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