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Reaching Out

by Acoustic Sense & Glas

Bulgarian style a cappella choir meets world/jazz orchestra in a cross-over which defy the normal way of categorizing the music of John Sund.
Genre: World: Bulgarian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. First Impression (Eminent Circles)
6:22 album only
2. Second Impression (Lifetime)
6:36 album only
3. Entering
0:29 album only
4. Third Impression (Earth Song)
9:29 album only
5. Ships That Passes in the Night
2:58 album only
6. Shifting Movements
7:01 album only
7. Reaching Out
7:18 album only
8. Consensual
4:35 album only
9. Waves of Joy
3:22 album only
10. Untold Stories
1:15 album only
11. Farewell Serenade
4:22 album only


Album Notes
What the critics has said about GLAS
With extraordinary vocal technicalities the singers are juggling and delivering a diversity of timbres…
- Michael Bojesen, composer, conductor and director for the Copenhagen Opera Festival
A concert with GLAS is a joy for the soul
- Bo Gunge, composer (DR Radio Symphony Orchestra, Den Jyske Opera m.m.)

What the critics has said about ACOUSTIC SENSE:
…from the very first musical note one realised that something extraordinary was in store.
- Jan Sisseck – Randers Amtavis. (Live koncert Underværket Randers)
When at its best, it was like magic.
- Henrik Palle – Politiken (Live koncert Kulturhuset Islands Brygge)

The Danish world/crossover group Acoustic Sense have existed since 2002. Their CD-releases have both been nominated and praised by numerous critics and as a live act they are none the less than an extraordinary experience. Acoustic Sense has over the years toured and performed in many different places and especially touring abroad has brought lots of inspiration to the groups music. The group is led by the eminent Danish guitarist, composer & producer John Sund, who never seems to get tired of finding new ways of inspiration and this exactly what prompted this new collaboration with the a cappella choir GLAS.

This brainchild project of John Sund began fore and most as a wish to create a different fresh kind of music and sound using the beautiful timbres of such different instruments as guitar, cello, clarinet, vibraphone, contrabass, percussion mixed with voices. The music has many facets and if one can imagine a blend of world music, jazz, modern classical together with dense vocal arrangements spiced with Bulgarian timbres - accompanied by improvisational features (phew) then that is probably the closest one gets to a description of this music. An exiting collaboration that spurs the most creative side in both ensembles.

About John Sund:

Debuting at the age of 18, John Sund was commissioned as a soloist together with the Danish Radio Big Band, led by Palle Mikkelborg, in a work written by pianist Thomas Clausen. John was one of the first "jazz" artists to receive the prestigious Jacob Gades Grant in 1977, and Danish jazz-reviewer Boris Rabinowitsch called him quote: “a discovery of a Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen’s dimension”. He has worked and recorded with numerous of artists including: Creme Fraiche Big Band, Palle Mikkelborg, Thomas Clausen, Mads Vinding, Bo Stief, Bilal Irshed, Shashank Subramanyam, Kamal Sabri, Lelo Nika.

As a composer he has, among other things, written an extended work for the Danish Radio Big Band, which was released on Olufsen Records in 1995 (John Sund & The Danish Radio Big Band: “Fusion Symphony”), where he also is featured as the main soloist. His discography includes: “Special Venture” – self titled (Intermusic 1999), Twice (Gateway Music 2007) “John Sund & Acoustic Sense – New Gems” (Cope Records 2003), Absorption (Gateway Music 2009) “World On A String” – self titled (Cope Records 2004) Second Outlet (Calibrated 2008) John Sund - “The Open Road (Exlibris Music 2011) SUND ● SHASHANK ● PHALGUN – “Here & Now” (Gateway Music 2012). Both “Acoustic Sense”, “World On A String” and “The Open Road” was nominated in the category “Best Crossover Album of the Year” by the Danish World Music.


GLAS is an choir-ensemble that has specialised themselves in the tradition of modern Bulgarian choir music. Through their long career they have contributed, with their own unique vocal sound, in such different constellations as: re-composed nordic folksongs to modern compositional score music by Line Tjørnhøj – choir work for singer-songwriter Kira Skov – and obviously Bulgarian a cappella, which have been their speciality since 2001.



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