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A new frontier of the electric bass guitar
Electric bass in acoustic spaces
Deep pulsating ambiances, outer-worldly sonorities, nordic-inspired folksongs, archaic-sounding anthems, high energy outbursts, and minimal pattern structures, all melted into one, apparent unity.
Björn's solo work not only takes his instrument to new levels of sonic possibilities but is also concerned with the experience of sound in acoustic spaces: “Even though the instrument is technically non-acoustic, the music is deeply influenced by the properties of the space where it is played. The many ways in which acoustics affect my compositions and improvisations have always been sources of surprise and inspiration. A second member in this solo project is definitely THE ROOM!”
What the press say:
Album Provenance (ECM)
“Meyer’s bass sings.” - Rob Mallows, London Jazz News UK
“Meyer has taken a unique approach to composition for solo bass guitar. It is one that will move the instrument forward as much as it will move the listener emotionally.” - John Marley, Jazz Views
“.. Anyone who knows Björn Meyer from his collaboration with Nik Bärtsch's Ronin or Anouar Brahem will have no doubts about his performance art, which is mature, imaginative, and geared towards wide-awake communication. The only question is whether he can captivate attention for an entire album. HE CAN! …" - Michael Engelbrecht, Deutschlandfunk DE
“.... stunningly beautiful"
“.. In the depth, everything vibrates, at the same time, silver threads of sound are shimmering on top. Meyer shows an electric orchestra-sound under a sound microscope.” - Christoph Merki, Tages-Anzeiger ZH“..Meyer manages to make his tools sound not quite like a bass or a guitar, yet similar and distinct from both. Eloquent and evocative, Provenance may be simple at heart but opens a world of beautiful sonics to savor.” - Geno Thackara, All About JazZ
A unique experience
A solo performance with Björn Meyer is undoubtedly a unique experience. Many years spent refining his approach to the bass, as well as redefining its musical role, has resulted in a fascinating repertory, seamlessly meandering between compositions and improvisations.
In this program, all of his unique musicality comes to play. Self-invented and highly creative playing techniques, preparations as well as specially designed electronic possibilities provides for a wholly new acquaintance with an instrument most think they knew.
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