Darkness and Light

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German multi-instrumentalist Stephan Micus was making his own rather idiosyncratic version of world music years before it became fashionable to do so. Micus specializes in taking ethnic instruments from all over the planet and using them, in ways that transcend their traditional contexts, to play his own moody and somewhat austere compositions. On Darkness and Light Micus makes extensive use of the dilruba, a four-stringed bowed Indian instrument that sounds somewhat like a nasal cello which has 24 sympathetic strings that set up a hypnotic drone effect behind the haunting melodies. Also featured are the classical Spanish guitar, the Balinese suling flute, an Irish tin whistle, the sho a Japanese bamboo mouth-organ, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
German multi-instrumentalist Stephan Micus was making his own rather idiosyncratic version of world music years before it became fashionable to do so. Micus specializes in taking ethnic instruments from all over the planet and using them, in ways that transcend their traditional contexts, to play his own moody and somewhat austere compositions. On Darkness and Light Micus makes extensive use of the dilruba, a four-stringed bowed Indian instrument that sounds somewhat like a nasal cello which has 24 sympathetic strings that set up a hypnotic drone effect behind the haunting melodies. Also featured are the classical Spanish guitar, the Balinese suling flute, an Irish tin whistle, the sho a Japanese bamboo mouth-organ, the kortholt a German renaissance reed instrument, various gongs, and the remarkable ki un ki, a six-foot-long Siberian cane trumpet pictured on the cover, whose spirited blasts are created by inhaling rather than exhaling. Multi-tracking himself to create his own global orchestra, Micus freely mixes these diverse instruments in ways that draw out their universal and timeless qualities. This slow, patient, spacious music reaches down into the depths of the listener's consciousness to conjure up its images of Darkness and Light. ~ Backroads Music/Heartbeats
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/31/2009
  • Label: Ecm Import
  • UPC: 042284727211
  • Catalog Number: 8472721
  • Sales rank: 182,224

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stephan Micus Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Gong, Suling, spanish guitar, tin whistle, Sho, Dilruba, Kortholt
Technical Credits
Stephan Micus Contributor
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