Proud To Be Un American //

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Recorded across the United States of America may/june 2004
  • 1. Lowell (02:21)
  • 2. Poughkipsee (01:39)
  • 3. Rochester (05:04)
  • 4. Boston (02:54)
  • 5. Columbus (11:42)
  • 6. Lexington (03:03)
  • 7. Nashville (08:28)

John Hegre - guitar, electronics and various objects
Lasse Marhaug - electronics and various objects

Jazkamer? Yes, that's really how its spelled on the cover, but perhaps it's for contractual reasons misspelled? The website refers to Jazzkammer, the duo of John Hegre and Lasse Marhaug. In may/june 2004 they toured the USA, the eastern part thereof and on this CDR we find seven tracks from seven different concerts. For those who expect this to be full on noise, sliced into seven portions, that's not the case. Especially in the opening pieces, 'Lowell' and 'Poughkipsee', things refer much more to musique concrete and electro-acoustic music than in the noise onslaught of 'Columbus'. Loops, guitar manipulations, improvisation and yes, distortion and noise, play a dominant role in these pieces, but showcase also that Jazzkammer, or which ever spelling you prefer, are much more than just an ordinary noise band: they play an extended and a much more intelligent version of noise music, without losing the senses of the original sound.
(FdW, Vital Weekly)