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CD Feature/ Ellen Weller: "Spirits, Little Dreams and Improvisations"

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Improvising can mean many things to different people. Contrary to popular belief, however, it never means simply playing what you like (you would call that “chaos” - which can be quite charming as well occasionaly). For Miles Davis, it meant reducing the initial parameters to an absolute minimum (a scale, a theme). For Ellen Weller, it implies allowing a piece to unfold itself by its own will.

Which basically does away with the common notion of a composer, his genius and his work – instead, the musician turns into a medium, through which the sound flows. This process is a most exciting one for the instrumentalists involved, because they know exactly what they are doing, yet find themselves marvelling at where they’re actually going. The great thing about “Spirits, little dreams and Improvisations” is that the result is just as tantalising for the listener. All seventeen tracks choose a different form, a different mood, different harmonic turns and melodic twists and they are free to jump from one genre into the next. At times, some clattering percussion and a flexible clarinet will be enough, while the long pieces “Grandma Rose’s Dreml” and “Celebration, Transfiguration, and Release into the Ether” move from atmospheric, otherworldly beginnings to passionate outbursts of groovy jazz. By the use of spacy field recordings and well-dosed effects (courtesy of Accretions label head Marcos Fernades), the album even opens itself up to the electronic faction.

On a spiritual level, the booklet suggests, improvising can also mean allowing wandering spirits to come to life again, allowing them to complete unfinished business in a constructive way. If that is so, Ellen Weller must be the most pieceful musical Ghostbuster to hit the scene.

Homepage: Ellen Weller
Homepage: Circumvention Music
Homepage: Accretions

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