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Nectars of emergence

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Jim Denley - alto saxophone/flutes

Kim Myhr - acoustic guitars/preparations

Ingar Zach - gran cassa/percussion


01 monolith of the chaotic pledge (6:59)

02 lumious continuum (5:56)

03 flash expansion (10:10)

04 radiance (6:12)

05 saturated field (6:12)

06 blood listener (4:13)

07 entropy (9:07)

About Nectars of emergence

Nectars of emergence is the exciting debut release of MURAL, consisting of Australia's foremost improviser Jim Denley with Norwegians Kim Myhr and Ingar Zach. The trio has performed numerous concerts together since their first concert in Madrid in 2007, and now you can finally hear the music on CD. Aftenposten, Norway said of Kim Myhr and Jim Denley's duo CD: «Systems realignment helps to save improvised music from stagnation, and takes freedom seriously».

Nectars of Emergence is again an attempt to refresh and renew improvised music. MURAL aim for clarity and precision unafraid of static patterns they may encounter in the flux. There are chords, melodies and rhythms but hopefuly free of clichéd systems. This is music that is constantly coming-into-being and never predictable in what it will discover.

The opening track, Monolith of the Chaotic Pledge, has Zach's slow percussion explosions spiking out from Denley's circular static phrase and Myhr's ambiguous repititions - this is music that is big and slow. But the music also goes into minute detail, where the group swarm together, zooming in - metal and ceramic bowl overtones and automatic pluckings on guitars woven with dancing bamboo whispers. On Flash Expansion, Zach's bowed cymbal into his bass drum dynamically morphs with the sax, against a grid of Myhrs' shifty harmony.

As the album title suggests, the trio creates a sensous sound - the materiality of sound is one of their themes of exploration. And this was beautifully recorded over two days in a small country church near Molde by engineer Thomas Hukkelberg. He has captured the acoustic colours of the trio and the reflecting wood of the church.


The WholeNote

Minimalist and atmospheric, the CD’s seven tracks are built up from pointillist dabs of sonic colors, soaking together without abrasion. -- read the whole review»

Ken Waxman

Sound of Music

Denleys blås passar utomordentligt in i Zach och Myhrs alltid lika besynnerliga förening av klanger och små katatoniska gitarrfigurer. -- read the whole review»

Johan Redin

The Wire

A quietly outstanding piece of Improv, a haunting world of breathtaking timbral beauty (..) an extraordinary creation -- read the whole review»

Andy Hamilton

Monsieur Délire

Most of all, this record displays a clear concern for beauty. -- read the whole review»

François Couture

Mural vekker en nysgjerrighet hos meg som lytter ved å ta veier jeg ikke forutser. Slik er det med særpreg. -- read the whole review»

Arild R Andersen

Free Jazz Blog

Needless to say, this is highly recommended. -- read the whole review»

(...)Mural does achieve an involving, kind of floating equilibrium that has its attractions. -- read the whole review»

Brian Olewnick

Bergens Tidende

Her veves lydteksturer i utradisjonelle mønstre av luftig, men slitesterk tråd. -- read the whole review»

Stephan Meidell

Signal to Noise

a presence of the otherworldly (..) There is so much modest beauty to be found listening to the improvisations on this record that it is easy to forget just how much instrumental prowess and aesthetic grace are necessary for its production. -- read the whole review»

Andrew Choate

Side 2

Mural har evnen til å overraske -- read the whole review»

Tor Hammerø