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Carsten Pieper
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Carsten Pieper So, with its slowly building, repetitive songs, mostly quite calm, but sometimes and then the more effectively rising into rather raucous territory, I'd like to tag this album as "post jazz". It clearly is jazz but reminds me very much of the post rock easy of doing things. And if the tag post jazz doesn't work for you, make it "minimal jazz" ;-)
"Years" (which, btw, doesn't start calmly) is just amazing! Favorite track: Years.
Caryn Havlik / Mortals
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Caryn Havlik / Mortals I love the idea of meditation through motion. Fav. track: "Years"
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sumbuk This is their latest release; and I think it their best. The sound hasn't so much changed, as it has matured. The more I listen, the more I like this.
Andrew Schamess
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Andrew Schamess Built on simple melodic lines, repetition and wide open, spacious arrangements. One of my favorite recent Bandcamp purchases. Grows on me each time I hear it.
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Yellow 05:51
The Unknown 07:18
Years 11:16
Kosmo 10:05
Epilog 04:57
All We Need 05:15
Arktis 11:33


This is already the third album of the working band BLAER, founded in 2012 by the composer and pianist Maja Nydegger. YELLOW is the result of a longstanding and diligent collaboration. The band concept sets on a balanced group sound and a calm, focussed flow of music.

By this genuine attitude of a differenciated common ground, this album develops an urgency and power which in all coolness radiates warmth.

Similarly to Schuberts music, where a minor tonality often contains a confident vibe, the seemingly simple, quiet and melancholical pieces of BLAER create a positive atmosphere. Surprising spins and grooves are subtly invigorating this atmosphere, yet always serving the overall dramaturgy. The leader Maja Nydegger thus offers her band a community-oriented, but crystal clear concept in which her musical partners can all serve the whole while at the same time shining through individually with their high competence on their instruments.

As a result, the lines of the reeds players (Nils Fischer and Claudio von Arx), together with the differenciated drum play of Philippe Ducommun, the often also ambient-like base of Simon Iten and the repetitive piano patterns and chord progressions of the composer herself create vast soundscapes and spherical hymns.


released February 6, 2020

Maja Nydegger: piano, composition
Nils Fischer: saxophone, bass clarinet
Claudio von Arx: saxophone
Simon Iten: double bass
Philippe Ducommun: drums

All music composed by Maja Nydegger.
Album produced by Maja Nydegger and Nik Bärtsch.
Recorded May 2019 at Mazzive Sound Studio Bellmund by Chris Diggelmann.
Mixed by Chris Diggelmann, mastered by Serge Christen.
Album photo by Nassia Kapa, artwork by David Nydegger.

Songs published by Ronin Rhythm Productions & Neonstars Publishing.
Supported by Stadt Bern, Kultur Kanton Bern, Burgergemeinde Bern, Stadt Luzern FUKA-Fonds, Migros Kulturprozent.


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Ronin Rhythm Records Switzerland

Ronin Rhythm Records is a label for artists and their creative music between new minimal, funk und ritual groove music. Founded in 2006 by Nik Bärtsch, it supports community oriented independent music production without restrictions. Ronin Rhythm Records supports as a platform new and advanced artists in their long term development. ... more

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