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Circles in a Square Society

by Boi Akih

Boi Akih transformed classics from o.a. Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix and David Crosby peerlessly into masterpieces. Guitarist Niels Brouwer plays 'beyond the melody ' Vocalist Monica Akihary touches the soul of the melody and the soul of the listener.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Circle 5
5:24 $0.99
2. Guinnevere
4:50 $0.99
3. Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire
5:13 $0.99
4. Circle 2
5:57 $0.99
5. A Merman I Should Turn to Be
4:27 $0.99
6. Drifting
5:25 $0.99
7. Circle 3
4:03 $0.99
8. Old Man
5:22 $0.99
9. Circle Excercise
2:24 $0.99
10. Circle 4
5:25 $0.99
11. Redemption Song
4:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
Boi Akih creates its own world of soundscapes with atmospheric effects, abstract yet melodious. Crosby's Guinevere is even more trance inducing than the original, and Marley's Redemption Song is poignantly beautiful. Wolter Wierbos lets his trombone sing in 'accompanying solos' that are perfectly attuned to every sentence.(Frank van Herk in Volkskrant 30.05.2012)

We hear classics from Joni Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix, David Crosby and Neil Young, peerlessly transformed into masterpieces. Guitarist Niels Brouwer (the unmistakable centre of the group) plays ‘beyond the melody’ in a type of ‘continuous’ improvisation, and so prickles the listener. Using this approach he transforms the pieces - so inventively, so playfully and ingeniously - into new music, over which the original melody sometimes floats like a watermark. The same sort of thing applies to singer Monica Akihary: she touches the soul of the melody and with that the soul of the listener. We’re taken on a journey to the pop music of the 70’s and 80’s brought back to its musical essence. (Mattie Poels in World Radio6 21.05.12)

A new musical adventure
The sultriest voice in the Netherlands is likely that of Monica Akihary. She and guitarist Niels Brouwer work steadily on an intriguing and elusive oeuvre that oversteps musical geographic borders in every respect. Jazz? World music? Free improvisation? Boi Akih’s music fits into none of the boxes, always slipping elegantly through the net. This time it’s the songs of Jimi Hendrix, David Crosby, Bob Marley, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell that inspire Boi Akih to embark on a new musical adventure. What the songs have in common is a longing for freedom, a desire that has lost none of its topicality. The songs alternate with improvised pieces in which the musicians explore the ultimate freedom in every possible way. A nice balance between cheerful chaos and structure. (Saskia Törnqvist in Parool 16.05.2012)

Music is more than what you hear. Behind the notes there’s a world that connects us to context and meaning. That idea – call it a statement against superficiality – is given unique form on Boi Akih’s new CD. With richly contrasting idioms, inventive sound explorations, humour and expressiveness the band breaks with the vapid pattern of musical recycling. Like a stone thrown into still water, creating expanding circles.(Armand Serpenti in Trouw 15.05.2012)



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