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Grdina, Gordon / East Van Strings / Breathing Of Statues, The
Album:Breathing Of Statues, The Collection:Jazz
Artist:Grdina, Gordon / East Van Strings Added:01/2010
Label:Songlines Recordings 

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Add Date:2010-03-21 Pull Date:2010-05-23 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:2 May28 Mar
Airplays:13

 Recent Airplay
1.Dec 28, 2012:No Cover, No Minimum
The Breathing Of Statues
4.Mar 26, 2010:Memory Select, late edition
Silence Of Paintings
2.Dec 21, 2010:The Musical Mystery Box o'Fun (Best of 2010-Part 1)
Origin
5.Mar 25, 2010:orangeasm
Naveli Joon
3.May 01, 2010:Music Casserole
Origin
6.Mar 23, 2010:Ambient Annoyance
Origin

Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2010-03-21 
GORDON GRDINA’S EAST VAN STRINGS: The Breathing of Statues
Songlines, 2009

AVANT-GARDE – String quartet out of Vancouver, a carefully controlled chamber sound with a razor-sharp improvisational edge and elusive whiffs of tragedy and madness running throughout. Good mix of icily cerebral composition and sometimes raw, visceral execution.

* * * * | Fo’s Picks: 2, 3, 4, 8

1. 5:27 – melancholy guitar rises over aching, somewhat dissonant drone
2. 3:39 – bold, slashing statements, densely layered harmonies, calm middle
3. 5:25 – goes “out” with harsh, aggressive scrapings and open, quiet spaces
4. 7:24 – knotty theme; a series of tense improv breakdowns & cinematic runs
5. 3:07 – oud picks and broods over alien buzzing, thick near-east atmosphere
6. 3:34 – harsh burst, then strident, layered melody… settles into moodiness
7. 4:28 – slow ebb & flow; becomes calm, pretty, dreamlike
8. 14:07 – serious intro, expressive solo oud alternates with exotic ensemble swirls; slow cello solo opens it up in second half, caravan march
9. 8:13 – calm melodies flow/ooze; open, amorphous at first, finds its way later

[ Fo ] 03/21/10

Track Listing
1.Selma 5.Santiago
2.Holy Departure 6.Webern
3.Silence Of Paintings 7.Naveli Joon
4.Origin 8.The Breathing Of Statues
 9.Wide Open