Barcelona Series I-XI
Sven-Åke Johansson: drums
Axel Dörner: trumpet
Andrea Neumann: inside piano
Characteristic of Barcelona Series is a mechanistic, almost non-expressive playing stance, even an aesthetic of renouncement, or more appropriately said, of leaving out instead of filling in. Peeling, a certain nakedness, "non-sounding" passages positioned vis-à-vis individual tones in space – "placed" – fire crackles!, the diagonal of the green-yellow tile.
"The ensemble heard on this CD, a group cultivating, as Johansson puts it,
'a mechanistic, almost non-expressive playing stance, with the aestethics of renoucement or of leaving out instead of filling in' . . . .
Non-expressive improvisation? Aesthetics of reduction? Sounds familiar . . . A music hard to pingpong and yet occupying a sonic niche of its very own."
Peter Niklas Wilson
Barcelona Series by Johansson, Dörner, Neumann
Published by Trutah Publishing/SUISA
Recorded in 1999 by W. Blazejczak at SÅJ Studio, Berlin
Liner notes by Peter Niklas Wilson
Cover photo by Andrea Neumann