BLACK PENCIL: KAISEKI (2017)

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BLACK PENCIL's CD album KAISEKI, released by GWK Records. Featuring works by Roderik de Man, Arnoud Noordegraaf, Florian Maier, Robert van Heumen, Vanessa Lann and Ayuo, a.o.

Listen to audio excerpts at: https://www.jpc.de/jpcng/classic/detail/-/art/kaiseki/hnum/6350821

‘Composed meals’ is the key phrase for the Kaiseki project from BLACK PENCIL ensemble. Kaiseki draws inspiration from the particular features of the Japanese kaiseki cuisine and its culinary traditions: attention to detail, use of space, avoidance of repetitions, variation, symmetry and seasonal characteristics.

The music of this CD consists of works specially written for the Kaiseki concert tour, by varied composers such as Roderik de Man (1941), Arnoud Noordegraaf (1974) and Robert van Heumen (1969). It also features a range of Japanese composers, such as Ayuo (1955), arrangements of Japanese folk music, honkyoku (traditional pieces from the 13th century for shakuhachi, a Japanese bamboo flute), and the use of electronics. The CD also includes works of the previous Buffoni programme of Black Pencil, with compositions of Vanessa Lann and Florian Magnus Maier.

The sumptuous sound colours of the combined instruments create an invigorating music, that is yet accessible enough to completely lose oneself in.

The virtuoso ensemble BLACK PENCIL was founded 2010. The debut concert of the ensemble took place in the same year at the prestigious Amsterdam Concertgebouw, followed by the world premiere of new works during the large-scale festival Istanbul 2010 European Capital of Culture.

Black Pencil focuses on new repertoire (all works specially written for the ensemble) and adventurous own arrangements with the influence of folk cultures. The motto of Black Pencil is the presentation of exciting new music and sparkling improvisations, together with a unique instrumental setup. The ensemble has performed numerous times in the Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Ireland and Venezuela.

Black Pencil’s performances are characterized by being original, historically informed, fresh and virtuosic, together with a unique instrumentation: blockflute (Jorge Isaac), panflute (Matthijs Koene), viola (Esra Pehlivanli), accordion (Marko Kassl) and percussion (Enric Monfort). 

Total length: 67:09

Booklet: 22 pages, full colour (English and German)

More info about Black Pencil: www.BlackPencil.org

 

TRACK LIST:

1. Anonymus: Kariboshi Kiri Uta

for Blockflute, Panflute, Viola, Accordion and Percussion

2. – 5. Roderik de Man (1941): Kaiseki (2015)

for Blockflute, Panflute, Viola, Accordion, Percussion and Live Electronics

6. Robert van Heumen (1968): A Short Piece of Decay (2014)

for Blockflute, Panflute, Viola, Accordion, Percussion and Live Electronics

7. Ayuo (1955): Eurasian Tango (arr. Jorge Isaac, 2016)

for Blockflute and Panflute

8. Vanessa Lann (1968): Arlecchino Unmasked (2014)

for Blockflute, Panflute, Viola, Accordion and Percussion

9. Anonymus: Shika no Tône (arr. Jorge Isaac, 2016)

for Blockflute and Shakuhachi

10. Arnoud Noordegraaf (1974): Tampopo (2015)

for Blockflute, Panflute, Viola, Accordion, Percussion and Live Electronics

11. Florian Magnus Maier (1973): click Plan Be (2014)

for Blockflute, Panflute, Viola, Accordion, Percussion and Live Electronics