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The album features two sets recorded at IKLECTIK and Hundred Years Gallery. Both improvisations explore a music of momentary resonances and sonic alignments, eschewing grand statements in favour of allowing small ideas time to breathe. Brief gestures give the musicians space to interpolate and expand on the vocabulary of the other, creating a collective virtuosity where each uses their instrument to take on the characteristic of the other’s and way it is being played. This deliberately non-hierarchical structure foregrounds a fluctuating flow between the individual and collective identities at play, creating a vibrational interaction between fragments of sound.

"Subtle discombobulation, so nuanced that it causes the neck to crane towards the output source. The duo of Durrant and Karlsen tickle the senses with their abstract language, broken and flowing."
- TJ Norris/Toneshift.net


released March 15, 2020

Phil Durrant - mandolin and octave mandolin
Emil Karlsen - percussion/objects

Horse Improv Music Club,
Live at IKLECTIK, London.
Recorded by Isa Ferri and Paul Skinner.
Master: Phil Durrant

Hundred Years Gallery:
Recording: Emil Karlsen
Mix/Master: Phil Durrant


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noumenon is a UK label and platform for improvised music with a scandinavian presence. Created by UK based norwegian drummer Emil Karlsen the label showcases improvisational work with the aim of promoting creative music stretching from avant- garde jazz to contemporary European. ... more

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