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Balcony Lullabies


  • Code: STUCD20102
  • Manufacturer: Stunt Records (DK)
  • Price: 56.99 zł
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Modern Jazz / Indie Jazz
premiera polska:
2020-12-18,
Wydawnicto Audiofilskie

kontynent: Europa
kraj: Dania
opakowanie: digipackowe etui
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Solowa płyta Mikkela Plouga - duńskiego gitarzysty, założyciela kilku cenionych formacji, jak Equilibrium, Mikkel Ploug Group i The Unusual History of Ether.
Ten wybitnie utalentowany przedstawiciel tętniącej życiem kopenhaskiej sceny muzycznej zdobył popularność w kraju i za granicą. O poprzedniej płycie Plouga tak pisano w światowych mediach:
“Extreme beauty” (Faroe, 2018) Downbeat, USA
“Stunning!” Wall Street Journal, USA
“One of the most intriguing and best-recorded acoustic guitar albums of recent years.” All About Jazz, USA
“Some of the most beautiful and unexpected solo guitar music one might wish to hear.” WholeNote Magazine, Canada
“Mikkel Ploug is the latest sensation on the European jazz guitar scene with a personal voice and a sound that sings!”
La Vanguardia, Spain
“... the danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug is on his way into the Champions League of contemporary jazz guitarists.”
Jazzpodium, Germany

Album “Balcony Lullabies", powstały w covidowej rzeczywistości pandemicznej Kopenhagi to mistrzowski przykład „muzycznego teatru jednego aktora”, w którym na plan dalszy odsunięto kwestię kolektywności i interakcyjności zespołowej. Jesteśmy świadkami intymnej, introspekcyjnej wyprawy w głąb ludzkiego wnętrza. Ploug niczym teatralny demiurg odkrywa przed nami to, co sekretne i wewnętrzne.


multikulti.com - ocena * * * * *:
Najsłynniejszy balkon świata znajduje się w Weronie, to rozsławiony przez Williama Shakespeare'a średniowieczny balkon w Casa di Giulietta. Kopenhaski balkon mieszkania Mikkela Plouga, na którym nocną porą koncertował 28 razy w ramach akcji crowdfundingowej "Balcony Lullabies", nie może konkurować z tym w Weronie. Jednak Ci, którzy mieli okazję być świadkami tych wyjątkowych koncertów mają prawdopodobnie inne zdanie.

Miałem przyjemność recenzować poprzednią płytę tego gitarzysty pod tytułem "Alleviation" (Songlines, 2018). Pisałem wtedy "Trzynaście miniatur gitarowych, z których najdłuższa liczy trochę ponad 4 minuty, to niejako dźwiękowe portrety intymne i kameralne, po wielokroć wyjątkowe.
Pomysłowości, poczucia humoru i nieprawdopodobnej łatwości improwizowania w tej muzyce jest bez liku, Mikkel Ploug jest intrygującym i odważnym muzykiem, którego cechuje rozwaga i przenikliwość, zabiera słuchacza w upojną podróż przez intuicyjny muzyczny krajobraz rozciągający się od dalekich krańców kosmosu po najgłębsze zakamarki ludzkiego wnętrza". Płyta zebrała znakomite recenzje po obu stronach Oceanu Atlantyckiego". Znane mi są płyty jego zespołów Equilibrium, Mikkel Ploug Group i The Unusual History of Ether, wszystkie z przekonaniem polecam.
Nowy album, także solowy, w odróżnieniu od "Alleviation" zawiera wyłącznie obce kompozycje, z których zaledwie cztery to znane standardy - "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" Harolda Arlena, "The Nearness of You" Hoagy'ego Carmichalea, "Julia" Johna Lennona i "You Are My Sunshine" Charlesa Mitchella. Pozostałe to poza Danią utwory raczej nieznane.

Program "Balcony Lullabies" powstawał w trakcie 28 nocy, gdy podczas pierwszej fali Koronawirusa wiele europejskich krajów zostało "zamrożonych". Być może, dlatego tyle w tej muzyce namysłu i skupienia. U Mikkela Plouga, tak jak i u jego krajana Jakoba Bro uderza to, jak niewiele dźwięków wystarczy, by wyrazić tak wiele emocji. Ci gitarowi asceci, stroniący od pustosłowia i samocelowych ornamentów, tworzą Muzykę Kompletną, o bardzo dużej kondensacji uczuć i myśli. Poszczególne utwory, czasami jak w przypadku "You Are My Sunshine", za pomocą prostej repetycji przeistaczają się w zupełnie nową opowieść, innym razem w "The Nearness of You", bez zbędnych ornamentów eksponują uroczą melodię. Za każdym razem prezentując wysokooktanową narrację.
Parafrazując słynne słowa Winstona Churchilla o lotnikach podczas Bitwy o Anglię "Nigdy tak wielu nie zawdzięczało tak wiele tak niewielu dźwiękom".
autor: Piotr Szukała
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Editor's info:
These are trying times. Our climate is writhing and a global pandemic is upon us, threatening our lives and livelihoods. What was once a movement toward international cooperation has morphed into isolationism and nationalism reinforced by virtual and literal/physical walls. Despite all this, Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug reminds us through his music that we all still sleep under and gaze up at the same stars in the same sky. He does it with his accessible and refined musicality, rather than with the heated political statements one might expect from an artist of his caliber. At the beginning of the pandemic, he embarked on a musical journey, resulting in BALCONY LULLABIES – a solo guitar response to the lockdown and reflection on the coronavirus’s impact on everyday life around the world:

“It began out of frustration over the isolation, and a sad realization that my kids suddenly had to learn to stay away from other people. So, one night I took my guitar and amplifier out on our little balcony and tried to play something beautiful, something moving. Maybe I was trying to send a message to the world. I don’t really know. I was just going to play. I didn’t know it at the time, but my neighbors opened their windows to listen and then clapped when I was done,” the guitarist shares.

And so began Mikkel Ploug’s concert series from the balcony of his apartment in Copenhagen. At 6:15pm each evening, Ploug plugged his guitar in and launched into a new arrangement of the material he had been working on that day. The guitarist had performed all over the world but suddenly found himself sitting on his balcony and playing not only for the empty streets, but also to open windows, hearts, and minds. As darkness settled over the globe, he managed to create a spark of life. The results are nothing short of dazzling, and they reflect the full range of human emotion – tunes that are soothing and touching, warm and thoughtful. They may indeed be just what our restless souls need in these trying times.

Mikkel played 28 nights in a row, and then went straight from his balcony to the Black Tornado Studio, joined by Morten Bue behind the faders to record the refined interpretations. The repertoire includes music taken from the rich Danish songbook – evening songs and lullabies with a few lone standards sprinkled throughout. They’re low-key, thought-provoking, and evidence that the American magazine “All About Jazz” was not wrong when they described Ploug as having “an original voice with something to say.” Just listen to The Weather Today Is…, the song about a woman in love who welcomes spring and buys hyacinths, with a melody that makes the song soar like bright,
vivid memories; or The Elephant’s Lullaby, one of the most beloved Danish goodnight songs, still sung in many homes at bedtime. The Spring Song by Sebastian is also in the program, a tune about sun and lilacs, a piece of music full of life and warmth; while “The Sun Is So Red, Mother” is also an intensely beloved song for children drifting off to dreamland, with music by Carl Nielsen – quite simply one of the most evocative songs in the Danish songbook. Nielsen is also the author of I Know Of A Lark’s Nest, while Thomas Laub can be credited for Quiet Heart, Sun Goes Down, painting an evocative but slightly melancholic picture of a sunset over the moor. Tommy Seebach’s Under The Stars In The Sky placed 22nd out of 25 participating nations at the Melody Grand Prix in 1993 with only nine points, but has nonetheless become a popular evening song sung wherever people meet. Povl Dissing’s wonderful Greetings To The Spring Sun simply had to be included here, and You Came With All That Was You is a moving song and has become Denmark’s love anthem, about a love story that breaks traditional molds and barriers. These Danish songs, deserving of the whole world’s attention, are supplemented on the recording with John Lennon’s Julia, the classic ballad Somewhere Over The Rainbow, You Are My Sunshine (one of the most played songs in American popular music history), and Hoagy Carmichael’s The Nearness Of You.

The 42-year-old Mikkel Ploug has performed in 22 countries and released 13 albums, one of which (Alleviation) has enjoyed more than 2 million streams on Spotify, and another (Faroe) which was selected for the first round of the American Grammy Awards in the category “Best Instrumental Jazz Album.” The wide reach of his recordings and concert tours, including in the United States, has made him a household name on the international jazz scene. Ploug has been a soloist with the Danish Royal Ballet as well as with the Danish Radio Big Band, and has worked with some of the great modern musicians of our time at home in Denmark and abroad, including collaborations with the American saxophonist Mark Turner, the Danish classical cellist Jakob Kullberg, and the German-American choreographer and dancer Tilman O’Donnell.

Previous words from the press regarding Mikkel Ploug’s work:
“Extreme beauty” (Faroe, 2018) Downbeat, USA

“Stunning!” Wall Street Journal, USA

“One of the most intriguing and best-recorded acoustic guitar albums of recent years.” All About Jazz, USA

“Some of the most beautiful and unexpected solo guitar music one might wish to hear.” WholeNote Magazine, Canada

“Mikkel Ploug is the latest sensation on the European jazz guitar scene with a personal voice and a sound that sings!”
La Vanguardia, Spain

“... the danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug is on his way into the Champions League of contemporary jazz guitarists.”
Jazzpodium, Germany


muzycy:
Mikkel Ploug - electric, acoustic guitar solo

utwory:
1. Det er i dag et vejr
2. Elefantens vuggevise
3. Varvisen
4. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
5. Julia Solen er sa rod, mor
6. The Nearness of You
7. Jeg ved en larkerede
8. Stille Hjerte, sol gar ned
9. Hilsen til forarssolen
10. You Are My Sunshine
11. Du kom med alt det der var dig
12. Under stjernerne pa himlen

wydano: 2020-11
more info: www.sundance.dk





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