Despite or because of the bandwidth and creativity of the Berlin music scene, the feeling of stagnation and the realization that I need new impulses for my musical development arose at the end of last year. Searching for myself and my own musical inspirations, I locked myself in at home and tackled my first solo project, Bernstein Zimmer. Every day in December last year, a composition was created that I published in an online “advent calendar”. Bernstein Zimmer turned out to be a (lifeblood) project.
Nils Wrasse (soprano and tenor saxophone), Benjamin Geyer (piano) Thomas Kolarczyk (double bass) and Philip Dornbusch (drums, percussion, glockenspiel)
One should not divulge magic tricks - certainly not ask for it. This may be similar to the nature of music. Still, what makes the magic of the songs of "Flying Cakes", how do the four musicians manage to sound so free - yet so precise? I think it's because of aspects that are contradictions in themselves. Compressions seem compact - the songs are composed in a confined space. And yet they give rise to space. Then there are melody structures that are intricate in themselves, but as a whole make the room all the clearer. The exciting thing is that the music does not have to cling to unambiguous rhythms, but can quietly draw its dynamics from odd meters, such as 7/4 and 11/4 time, into »Lunatico«. And finally, it's the unpredictability of songs like "Gentlemen Do not Run," which beats every prediction of how the piece evolves. There is a band that somehow sounds like a good WG: splendidly recorded, familiar and anything but tamed. Again and again with desire to spur each other, to nip, to drive.
Mononoke is a Berlin based duo. Founded in 2015, Benjamin Geyer (Keys) and Fabian Rösch (Drums) are playing flourishing, one-set electronic music. The debut album „The Foreign Loomers“ captures some of their strongest musical and sound ideas that are formed into a virtuously flourishing and forward moving piece of art.
During the last two years, Mononoke continuously refined their sounds, set up and concept. The two jazz musicians gained experiences while playing in different bands and touring throughout Europe to now be well prepared and join forces for their upcoming journey. In summer 2018 they started recording and created the unique and complex sound of „The Foreign Loomers“. Mononoke’s song dynamic and progressive development is reminiscent of Floating Points, Flying Lotus and the dirt of Gaslamp Killer. The duo also got very inspired by the interplay and live character of Taylor McFerrin / Marcus Gilmore duo and the modern virtuosity of BADBADNOTGOOD.