Divertimento Für Tenorsaxophon Und Kleines Ensemble

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Carl Oesterhelt (Tied & Tickled Trio, FSK, Carlofashion) and saxophonist Johannes Enders (Tied & Tickled Trio, Scalesenders, Triotope) belong to the first generation of the so-called Weilheim scene. This duo's project, in its entirety, defies any classification. For that would be like trying to describe intuition, telekinesis or necromancy empirically. But even a musically scientific analysis or inclusive historical contextualization would shed no light on this album. An exorcism would be of no use, either, for Oesterhelt and Enders have created a hybrid out of the spirit of the new Vienna school of composed music and a kind of sultry jungle jazz. Imagine the Alban Berg Quartet playing exotica with their faces painted black and their eyes rolling. The two guys from Weilheim have taken lazy voodoo percussion played on maracas and calabash as the driving pulse of their music. Their suggestive energy runs through the sublime string arrangements and their wickedness is ever-present in the dark saxophone licks. We hear feverish breathing and lurking energy in the first piece. A cacophony of chattering saxophones, atonal violin glissandos and stoic maraca shaking greets the listener on No. 2. There are kalimba figures on No. 4 -- a mere skeleton of a piece. A sad gypsy waltz takes form on No. 5 -- a waltz that seamlessly transcends into a kind of harmonically-free fugue, only to flow into a dramatic, slow-mo rumba. It's simply great how Oesterhelt and Enders invite you to delve deeper into this wonderfully multi-faceted and compelling music. Despite all the harmonic adventures and great stylistic diversity, Divertimento Für Tenorsaxophon Und Kleines Ensemble retains its moderate, even lazy tempo. This music walks a fine line between sleepy lounge music and neo-classical, unfolding its narcotically-bewitching effect. Line-up includes: Johannes Enders (tenor saxophone); Gertrud Schilde (violin); Markus Muench (violin); Tobias Weber (viola); Mathis Mayr (violoncello); Jost H. Hecker (violoncello); Juan S. Ruiz (double bass); Zoro Babel (percussion); Salewski (percussion, kalimba); Carl Oesterhelt (djembe, rattling, kalimba).