Album highlight : Johan Arrias / Pour Alto Seul
Johan Arrias - alto saxophone
POUR ALTO SEUL
- sparse exploration of the alto saxophone in the context of contemporary sonic practe, a music in ruins
"Fantastisk musik" / "Amazing music" - Johan Jacobsson Franzén, Orkesterjournalen
"Ruins become the unconscious of a city, its memory, unknown, darkness, lost lands, and in this truly bring it to life. With ruins a city springs free of its plans into something as intricate as life, something that can be explored but perhaps not mapped."
- Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost
ausculto fonogram establishes itself as a label of precision and exploration - an auscultation is by definition an act of listening, a close up listening of circulation and murmurs of the body, it can be mediated with an instrument (such as the stethoscope) or immediate with the ears alone. This close attention that listens to the details is what Johan Arrias and his newly founded label proposes. A microscopy of music.
It’s tonal and sonic, improvised and thoughtful, composed and considered. Ausculto Fonogram, in the first three discs it releases presents us with the beginning of a beautiful exploration of music with whispers of jazz, murmurs of contemporary music and a continuous circulation of detailed sound.
- Tisha Mukarji, 2016