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illogical harmonies is the duo project of Berlin residents Johnny Chang (violin) and Mike Majkowski (double bass), both of whom are composers as well as musicians. Their performance activity ranges widely, from improvisation to composed music. In November 2010, Johnny Chang and Koen Nutters started Konzert Minimal, an ensemble focusing on Wandelweiser-related music. Mike Majkowski later joined Konzert Minimal as well, leading to the formation of illogical harmonies in 2014. The duo's debut album, "Volume," was released on Another Timbre in 2016.

This recording consists of three pieces 10 to 20 minutes in duration (recorded in 2017), woven from sustained tones produced by the calm, unhurried bowing of the violin and contrabass. Accompanying the sustained tones are subtle sonic oscillations caused by the bowing, as well as occasional deft changes of pitch. The seemingly simple music is filled with a captivating beauty.

Illogical Harmonies は、共にベルリン在住の Johnny Chang (ヴァイオリン) と Mike Majkowski (コントラバス) のデュオ・プロジェクト。ふたりとも演奏家で作曲家でもあり、また演奏家として即興から作曲作品まで広範な活動をおこなっている。Johnny Chang は Koen Nutters と一緒に、ヴァンデルヴァイザー派周辺の音楽にフォーカスするアンサンブル、Konzert Minimal を2010年11月にスタート。その後、Mike Majkowski も Konzert Minimal のメンバーとなり、そこから2014年の Illogical Harmonies 結成へとつながった。2016年には、デビュー・アルバム『Vokume』(Another Timbre) をリリースしている。

本アルバムには、ヴァイオリンとコントラバスがゆっくりと弓弾きされ、織りなす持続音で構成された10~20分の3曲 (2017年録音) を収録。持続音は、弓弾きが引き起こす微妙な音の揺れと時折現れる巧妙なピッチの変化を伴い、シンプルなようでいて、聴き手の心をとらえて放さない美しさに満ちている。

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released July 21, 2019

illogical harmonies
Johnny Chang: violin
Mike Majkowski: double bass

Composed and recorded in Berlin by illogical harmonies Spring - Winter 2017
Artwork and design by Cathy Fishman

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