Ensemble Klang is building quite an impressive series of composer CD's, with CD's with music of Tom Johnson, Oscar Bettison, Peter Adriaansz and Matthew Wright. But recordings of pieces by Kate Moore - one of the first composers to write for Ensemble Klang - did not lead to a CD.
Artistic leader Pete Harden shook things up, with suggesting to bring out an LP instead of a CD. Pete:"You see all CD shops close down and pop up many a vinyl store even here in The Hague. When I suggested to entrust our Kate Moore recordings to vinyl I got great opposition from my Klang collegues. But one of the most severe opponents of the plan, our trombone player Anton van Houten, has now rediscovered the natural sound of vinyl. He has reinstalled his turntable-set and listens only to LP's now."
About the music itself. The LP contains two parts. The three pieces which together form Debris & Alchemy and the composition Regarding Room, which consists of ten pieces. Listening to the Debris & Alchemy pieces can best be described as an hallucinating experience. Especially part one sorts out this result through it's long, persisting meandering notes. Part two gives the effect of fog-horns, which arise unexpectedly. Sometimes sounding from afar, sometimes from nearby. Part three generates a more hoketus-effect. With keyboard themes, which are first rolled up by organ-like sounds, and later on by the ensemble as a whole. Evolving into a rythmic crescendo, with heavy percussion sounds, and culminating into a compelling conclusion. The ten parts of Regarding Room have a more contemplating idiom. With a nice sedate trombone solo by Anton van Houten; with a duet by trombone and saxes and with a trombone solo in the lower keys. In part four keyboard and saxes play unisono, followed by the same serene sounds by keyboard and guitar and the same sounds played solo by the trombonist. Saxes, keyboard and guitar then combine to play a more dynamic seventh part, followed by church organ like sounds by keyboard and percussion which returns to serenity. In part nine brass players, guitar and percussion create an undulating play. At which the percussion sees to the timbre. Culminating in a final tenth piece with an enormous internsity, with fervent, compelling music by the ensemble as a whole.
Not on the LP but available as bonus track for download is the composition 101. Written in 2003 for Ensemble Klang this is a must have heard piece. It still is frequently performed by Klang and is adopted by the Third Angle Ensemble. But to Kate's and my surprise the latter ensemble plays it sitting down. A real contradiction for such a dynamic piece. The piece itself is a wonderfully rythmic, extracting everything from this combination of instruments (saxophone (2x), trombone, piano, percussion and electric guitar).