Real nice review of my cd with Rogier Smal in today’s Vital Weekly: “(…) the six pieces are absolutely great. My favorite is the opener, (…) and there is enough beauty to discover here in the other songs too. Ranging from introspective soft to reasonably loud, this is a highly varied disc. Very nice indeed.” http://www.vitalweekly.net/895.html
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ARVIND GANGA & ROGIER SMAL (CDR by Toztizok Zoundz)
A nice package of a booklet with very naive drawings in comic style. done by Rogier Smal, who also plays the drums on this release. We know him otherwise as RoRo and we reviewed some of his earlier work. In his solo work, Smal takes on a more conceptual edge at playing the percussion he uses, but this, and I must this is the first time I hear his work in collaboration with others, he uses a drum set up to record his music with guitarist Arvind Ganga. I am not sure, but I don’t think I heard of him before. Of the six pieces, three are called ‘Improvisation 001’, ‘002’ etc and three have ‘proper’ titles such as ‘Raga Gavati’, ‘My Babe’ and ‘Magg Zelma’. On the cover they also refer to this as ‘songs’, but the way it sounds, it may make no difference. Maybe because they refer to it themselves as ‘songs’, it’s possible to see this in terms of music, rather than improvisation per se, and while much of this is played freely, the nature of these improvisations makes that this sounds like a guitar and a drum kit. Ganga and Smal don’t go all the way to search for all sound possibilities of their respective instruments, but play them rather freely, so we understand there is a guitar and a drum kit. Nothing wrong with that of course, and the six pieces are absolutely great. My favorite is the opener, ‘Raga Gavati’, which has a strange raga/blues like undercurrent. It’s probably where they reach out to something that sounds like a real song – which may not be the reason why I like it, as there is enough beauty to discover here in the other songs too. Ranging from introspective soft to reasonably loud, this is a highly varied disc. Very nice indeed. (FdW)