The Irish Times - Jan Bang 'And Poppies From Kandahar'


Working in a nexus where instinct, emotion and intellect interact, Jan Bang has pioneered a live sampling approach that can play intriguing havoc with received ideas of form. Here he has created an arresting series of aural collages sampled from sources that include such unique talents as Jon Hassell, Arve Henriksen, Nils Petter Molvær and Eivind Aarset, groups like the Muta trio and Kammerflimmer Kollektief, classical composers Richard Wagner and Robert Schumann, and singers Sidsel Endresen, Ági Szalóki and Anne Marie Almedal. Despite the diversity and a cutting-edge method far from risk-averse, it reflects a unified vision that yields some beautiful, moving and even profound results: in the chants of The Midwife’s Dilemma , the exoticism of Passport Control , the heartfelt Taking Life and the stunning Heidegger’s Silence and Abdication and Coronation.

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