Biliana Voutchkova / Michael Thieke - Blurred Music (HD)
Digital HD FLAC 24bit/96kHz
Digital HD FLAC files of the triple album 'Blurred Music' features a Berlin-based duo of Bulgarian violinist Biliana Voutchkova and German clarinetist Michael Thieke's three live performances recorded in Chicago, Philadelphia and New York in December 2016. Three separate files for downloading,Including front/back cover JPEG.
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For lossless digital AIFF (16/44), go to this page.
recorded live on December 7, 2016 at Carr Chapel, Chicago
recorded live on December 14, 2016
at Aux Performance Space, Philadelphia
New York (1:09:59)
recorded live on December 15, 2016
at Experimental Intermedia, NYC
(released July 14, 2018)
All compositions by Biliana Voutchkova and Michael Thieke
Biliana Voutchkova - violin, voice
Michael Thieke - clarinet
recorded live by Michael Thieke
mixed and mastered by Taku Unami
artworks by David Sylvian
design by Yuko Zama
liner notes by Michael Thieke and Biliana Voutchkova
produced by David Sylvian and Yuko Zama
executive produced by Jon Abbey
(p) (c) 2018 elsewhere music
I first came to know these three live recordings of Blurred Music in January 2018 via David Sylvian, who discovered this duo's music several years ago and asked me and Jon Abbey if we were interested in releasing them as a triple CD from Erstwhile Records. Intrigued by the enthusiastic recommendation by Sylvian (who described this duo’s music as “something transcendent”), I listened to the whole set of three recordings twice in a row, and was completely entranced with the music. It was vibrant and dynamic music, while also containing some uniquely mysterious, contemplative silences throughout. The organic, spontaneous feel and the openness of the music initially made me assume that each piece was a result of an exquisite improvisation, but as I kept listening, I came to realize that all three performances were carefully structured interweaving composition and improvisation using the duo’s unique, extraordinary aesthetics. The balance between the two instruments was so delicately and carefully restrained within the classical compositional context. Each recording seems to have its own universe, but as a whole, all three seemed to form one epic piece or a saga, which moved me deeply every time I finished listening to them together. I understood perfectly why the musicians wanted to release these three live recordings as a triple CD, not just releasing one of them as a single CD.
Biliana Voutchkova's violin skills are remarkable, combining a strong core as a classically trained violinist with her free, adventu