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The very new Big Bold Back Bone CD 2018 is out by Wide Ear Records!
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Big Bold Back Bone’s newest release – the third recording (Wide Ear Records – WER028) is titled “Emerge” and is the musical twin of the recently released CD / LP “In Search Of The Emerging Species” (Shhpuma Records – SHH032).
The recording was made during the same studio session in Lisbon. In contrast to the slow, almost eerily concentrated sound stream epic with the 42-minute piece “Immerge” on “In Search Of The Emerging Species”, “Emerge” looks like an antiepos.
Seven pieces between 3 – 8 minutes covers the disc. Self-contained improvisations presented in an aesthetically impressive Big Bold Back Bone language.
A consequence of the fact that the musicians of the band Marco von Orelli, Luis Lopes, Travassos and Sheldon Suter, worked together for almost 10 years and maintain a continuous exchange.
In contrast to the twin, this music seems less radical, but more catchy, but without losing any sense of urgency, as if Big Bold Back Bond Bones deliberately left seven fork-paths on “Immerge” unheeded, in search of … in “Emerge” to investigate in a fascinating way!

The new Big Bold Back Bone CD & LP is out by Shhpuma (Powered by clean feed Records)!
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Depuration. This may be the best term to describe the type of approach conducted by the Swiss musicians Marco von Orelli and Sheldon Suter and by their Portuguese partners, LuIs Lopes and Travassos in the new opus of the project Big Bold Back Bone. If this one was previously characterized by the folding of multiple directions, from a chamber improvisation with a vague jazz flavor to rock distillations, or at least distillations of the electric parasites of that music genre, now what we find is the fruit of a decisive focus on the materials, of a depuration, in consequence, and that because there was a process of formal and stylistic resolution. We recognise the premises of a certain EAI (electro-acoustic improvisation) heiress of the pioneering band AMM and taken in the direction of the reductionist, near-silence tendency, meaning that the melodic phrasing and the rhythmic plane (already broken and not linear) are substituted by a minucious textural and timbric work. No conventional uses of acoustic instruments, the trumpet and the drumkit, remain in “In Search of the Emerging Species”, and if the music follows some of the formulas chosen for the guitar and the electronic devices in experimental domains, they’re both at the service of a collective, with the produced sounds mixing with all the others and, in that way, almost disappearing. It’s just one, and very long, the piece here played (“Immerge”), with an extremely slow development, suspensive even, sometimes with a cliff opening in the flow of events, not to solve what is behind, not to give it conclusion, but allowing the choice of another heading in the forest of little and exotic sounds being build. A beautiful record to listen to microscopically, dropping all the tasks of everyday life. 

April 2017 by HAT HUT Rec.

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Listening to the music of Marco von Orelli, Max E. Keller and Sheldon Suter, one comes very close to the essence of the improvised music project, an idea in which the largest and smallest units—
of time and space, of personality and the world—are simultaneously engaged.
The Swiss trio is made up of three very distinct musicians, distinct in the way in which their values and responses intersect to create this special music, which is a form constructed at once of their differences as well as their empathy. Call it real-time collective composition, but each of the three musicians is willing to pursue specific components and paths that through their collective method become larger than any individual design…
Stuart Broomer



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