Spunk 6CD box set released today

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New release from jazztastic Rune Grammofon: SPUNK – Das Wohltemperierte Spunk – 6CD. With liner notes from Anne Hilde Neset and Rob Young (WIRE magazine former editor) and sleeve design by Kim Hiorthøy.

I really liked this description of Spunk’s earlier release:

“Free collective improvising is one of the most demanding ways of making music: the pitfalls are many – self-absorption, incoherence, certain standardized “gestures” of free jazz, lack of dynamics, humourlessness – but Spunk are alert to the dangers. Bold, sometimes witty, always alert, they make engaging music, and keep the sound of surprise alive. They have no fear of bringing the music to the brink of anarchy – they are interested in extremes as well as subtleties – but their instincts as composers-in-action also serve them well. Most of all, perhaps, Spunk convince by the force of their own convictions. As Maja Ratkje says: “Music has to be strong. It deals with communication in an extremely direct fashion, within its own language. This is something that makes it vulnerable, but also, potentially, a bearer of great poetic power.”

On their newest, out today:

”Das Wohltemperierte Spunk”s thrilling, texturally complex improvisations can be appreciated in their own right without any knowledge of the underpinning structure or concept. And yet the underlying numerology places the piece in a long line of consciously mathematical music, from the Bach keyboard corpus from which it takes its name, to Anton Webern’s String Quartet opus 28 (1938), which closes a circle by spelling out B-A-C-H in the first four notes of its twelve-tone row. SPUNK’s own opus uses the same order of tones as the Webern quartet.

Limited to 500 copies, get it while supplies last! www.runegrammofon.com

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