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Still Storm

by Lucas Niggli

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Dark Desire 04:24
Shall We? 03:03
Auf Socken 03:59
Still Storm 04:22
High Moon 02:48
Bakossi Bird 03:52
Ozone Drone 04:57


Intakt CD 386

Hurdy-gurdy meets percussion. Matthias Loibner, the undisputed innovator of this strikingly exotic, medieval instrument and Lucas Niggli, who has been at the forefront of European Jazz for many years team up. Touching and intoxicating, fed by a huge repertoire between classical music, electronics, tradition and imagination, these two exceptional artists paint sounds into the now. In every colour, every note of their vibrant playing, a silent storm lurks, waiting to break loose in rhythmic cascades and avalanches of sound. “The result is an aural experience that is sometimes pondering, sometimes conversational, allowing the listening ear to float away; purely by means of the music. The album, laid out in comparatively short pieces, is made up of acoustic mind games. Haikus, or even more so, Japanese Tankas, evoke the moment. A form of poetry without rhyme, confidently created collectively out of the moment through improvisation, and with an indispensable reference to the present,” writes Johannes Rühl in the liner notes.

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released August 19, 2022

Matthias Loibner: Hurdy-Gurdy, Electronics
Lucas Niggli: Drums, Percussion

All compositions by Matthias Loibner (AKM) and Lucas Niggli (SUISA) except "Auf Socken" by Matthias Loibner. Recorded by Lara Persia at Auditorio Stelio Molo, Lugano-Besso, on 4 and 5 January 2022. Mixed by Matthias Loibner in March 2022 in Vienna. Mastered by Michael Brändli, Hardstudios Winterthur on 30 March 2022.

Cover art: Steiner/Lenzlinger.
Graphic design: Fiona Ryan.
Liner notes: Johannes Rühl.
Photos: Anja Illmaier.

Disc and packaging by Adon Production AG. Produced and published by Intakt Records. Intakt Records, P.O. Box, 8024 Zürich, Switzerland.


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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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