Skogen


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Ist Gefallen in den Schnee (2012), 7/10
Rows (2013), 6/10
Despairs Had Governed Me Too Long (2014), 6.5/10
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Swedish-based nine-piece chamber ensemble Skogen, founded by pianist Magnus Granberg, performed the founder's 61-minute Ist Gefallen in den Schnee (Another Timbre, 2012). The group concocts a sparse soundscape of instruments that are barely plucked, scraped and touched.

Ko Ishikawa on sho replaced cellist Leo Svensson Sander and vibraphonist John Eriksson for Rows (2013), a collection of shorter compositions by Anders Dahl.

Ishikawa, Sander, Eriksson were all featured on Despairs Had Governed Me Too Long (Another Timbre, 2014), together with the leader Magnus Granberg, violinists Angharad Davies and Anna Lindal, percussionists Erik Carlsson and Henrik Olsson, and noise makers Toshimaru Nakamura (no-input mixing board) and Petter Waestberg. Granberg's 56-minute composition, recorded during the same sessions as the previous one, is, if possible, even more skeletal and subdued than Ist Gefallen in den Schnee.

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