Fields of Flowers - CDr

by Michel Banabila

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'ambient jazz'

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SONOMU.NET : Fields of Flowers.

Would Jon Hassell be flattered by the homage or sue for plagiary? Hardly the latter, I think, considering his wide-open mind on sampling and influence. Fields of Flowers is a brief, luminous set self-described as ”ambient jazz” flavoured with a dash of world music by a sensitive group of players led by Michel Banabila, a mercurial figure in Dutch electronic music, flitting with ease from genre to genre. It is gallant proof that he has utterly mastered this one, creating subtle, shifting electronic fields in which his soloists and lead instrumentalists bloom – saxophonist/clarinetist Mete Erker lyrically on ”Tirza Scene”, trumpeter Eric Vloeimans on ”Early Morning Light” and both together on ”Trial & Error” and ”Geese Flight”. It is the three middle tracks which so snugly fit the Hassellian, fourth-world template, which is not to diminish them in the least. In fact, the introspective ”Trial & Error”, harnessed ritual momentum of ”Geese Flight” and impressionist landscape of ”Early Morning Light” are rare treats flawlessly executed. Joshua Samson, who makes two appearances, is a confident and very musical percussionist. Also a rare treat, the piano coda ””Lapidarium”, played by Jasper Soffers.

Stephen Fruitman.

MIXEDWORLDMUSIC : Fields of Flowers.

Zes nummers, in het voor kenners en liefhebbers inmiddels bekende idioom: fraaie langzame elektronische klanktapijten met improvisatie, ditmaal van trompet en saxen.

Bram Posthumus.

CALEIDOSCOOP : Fields of Flowers.

Hij creëert bijzondere, verrassende muziek die veelal omhuld wordt door een atmosferisch, bevreemdend en mysterieus kader. Zijn elektronische composities met diverse wereldse samples worden hier op bijzonder fraaie wijze ingekleurd door trompettist Eric Vloeimans, saxofonist/klarinettist Mete Erker, percussionist Joshua Samson en pianist Jasper Soffers. Met Vloeimans heeft Banabila al vaker op succesvolle wijze samengewerkt, wat hen zelfs een Edison Jazz Award oplevert. De muziek is hier weer van een parallelle realiteit en bestaat uit een mix van ambient, jazz, elektro-akoestische muziek en avant-garde. Ter referentie moet je denken aan Nils Petter Molvær, Bugge Wesseltoft, Mari Boine, David Sylvian, Talk Talk en Jon Hassell in een wereldse productie van Hector Zazou. Onbeschrijflijke, zinnenstrelende pracht met een enorme diepgang. Banabila is en blijft een unicum met zijn geheel eigen en bovenal magistrale muziekuniversum.

Jan Willem Broek


released May 3, 2011

Michel Banabila : keys, electronics, percussion.
Mete Erker : soprano sax, bass clarinet.
Joshua Samson : percussion.
Jasper Soffers : piano.
Eric Vloeimans : trumpet.


All tracks recorded & produced by Banabila.



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Michel Banabila Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Michel Banabila has produced musical scores for numerous films, documentaries, video art, theatre plays & choreographies.
Especially keen on mixing disciplines and music styles, Banabila uses elements and influences from jazz, electronic music, classical and world music.
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