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Black Lotos


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Bell Smell 03:22
Black Lotos 06:45
Bow Blow 07:58
Old Tree 06:04
Choose Goose 07:32


Intakt CD 164

Black Lotos is far more than a duo. Not only consists Lucas Niggli’s acoustic layout of many parts, each of which could stand alone as an instrument: Xu Fengxia keeps switching between her two string instruments Guzheng and Sanxian and in parallel she uses her unbelievable voice. Thus the range of this music goes from soloist moments to the intimate dialogue up to almost orchestral abundance, from a short monologue in an interspace to a centipede ecstatic ride over an endlessly vast steppe. Chinese opera, Mongolian throat and overtone singing, Heavy Metal, traditional Chinese folk music, noise, contemporary Western music, African rhythms and jazz: ethnology, music history, tales, the moment of suspense, all combined in the Instant Composing of Niggli and Xu.


released May 1, 2009

Xu Fengxia: Guzheng, Sanxian, Voice
Lucas Niggli: Drums, Percussion

Recorded at Loft Cologne, December 9, 2007 and mixed at Ton-Art Studio, February 27, 2008 by Christian Heck. Mastered February 10, 2009 at Studio Klangdach by Willy Strehler. Cover art: Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger, Cover design: Jonas Schoder. Liner notes: Steff Rohrbach. Photo: Alberto Placido. Produced by Lucas Niggli and Intakt Records. Published and copyright by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt


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Lucas Niggli Uster, Switzerland

Born 1968, lives in Zürich.

As one of the most demanded European drummer and improviser, he plays in various working-bands in the field of Jazz, Rock, New Music, Noise, World and Improvisation.

He is playing on more than 60 CDs, most of them on INTAKT Records, teaches at the University of Arts in Zurich (ZHdK) and is promoter of a concertserie for contemporary music.
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