“part II” helped me endure the last couple of months, after experiencing one of the most defying inner struggles of my life.
it’s indescribable what i felt the first time i heard this compilation.
i’ll be forever grateful with nico and all the group involved. 🖤
In a new series of recordings, Rewire unearths projects from previous editions of the festival, often focusing on commissioned works and special collaborations. For the first release of this series, we highlight acclaimed Chilean-American artist Nicolás Jaar and his second performance at Rewire 2019. Under the name Nicolás Jaar & Group, an ensemble of musicians performed a commissioned work by Jaar for piano, saxophone, duduk, cello, electronics and percussion instruments that were custom-built for the performance.
As a pay-what-you-want release, Nicolás would like any proceeds from donations to fully benefit his collaborators on this project.
About Nicolás Jaar & Group:
Nicolás Jaar’s first performance at Rewire 2019 showcased his proclivity to collaboration and experimentation, thriving as a composer and performer working with accomplished musicians from across genres. Taking the stage as Nicolás Jaar & Group, he presented new works for an ensemble consisting of percussionist Valentina Magaletti, who played custom-built metal and wood instruments created by Turin-based artists Marzio Zorio and Anna Ippolito, saxophonist Mette Henriette, cellist Milena Punzi, pianist Johan Lindvall, and Hamlet Nazaretyan and Ivane Mkirtichyan on duduk, an ancient double-reed woodwind instrument that is indigenous to Armenia.
The performance sees Jaar and his collaborators explore an expansive sonic terrain that touches on contemporary jazz and modern classical, with the custom instruments played by Valentina Magaletti and Jaar’s pensive electronics adding an otherworldly dimension to the compositions. The music exudes a sense of mystery as to its origins, and in this way the performance recalls the Fourth-World atmospheres pioneered by Jon Hassell. With this project Nicolás Jaar sought to develop new sonic languages, drawing parallels to his stunning 2020 releases ‘Cenizas’ and ‘Telas’.
released February 5, 2021
Custom instruments designed by Marzio Zorio & Anna Ippolito
Electronics: Nicolás Jaar
Percussion: Valentina Magaletti
Saxophone: Mette Henriette
Cello: Milena Punzi
Piano: Johan Lindvall
Duduk: Hamlet Nazaretyan & Ivane Mkirtichyan
Mastering: Robin Koek
Photography cover art: Jan Rijk
Live recording: Wijnand de Groot (Concertzender)
This performance was specially commissioned for Rewire Festival 2019
This year Rewire will break with it’s traditional format of presenting adventurous music in a wide range of venues and sites in The Hague early April. Instead, the festival will be presenting a fully online programme on 6 - 9 May 2021 including several commissioned works, remote collaborations and premieres.
Rewire is a The Hague based non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting and fostering adventurous forward-thinking music
and sound. Rewire's main activity is the annually held Rewire festival. Besides the festival Rewire is focused on presenting several other affiliated activities year round, most notably the concert series Rewire x Korzo....more
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This has become one of the most important albums of my life. It’s essence is indescribable. Every sound from the start of the record through the end is placed delicately and with care. The album cover is by Julie Mehretu. It’s absolutely an incredible release for which I shall be eternally grateful. Aniket