Johan Arrias | Pour Alto Seul

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Pour Alto Seul

by Johan Arrias

A sparse exploration of possibilities in sound on a lone alto saxophone - music in ruins.
Genre: Avant Garde: Structured Improvisation
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lament
4:58 album only
2. Ruins
5:15 album only
3. Resonance
3:04 album only
4. Abandoned City
4:24 album only
5. Wind Variations
2:53 album only
6. Impromptu
3:02 album only
7. Rivers
2:44 album only
8. For Luigi Nono
4:42 album only
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Album Notes
"Ruins become the unconscious of a city, its memory, unknown, darkness, lost lands, and in this truly bring it to life. With ruins a city springs free of its plans into something as intricate as life, something that can be explored but perhaps not mapped."

- Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Pour Alto Seul is Arrias’s first solo work. It came about as a result of a work period in early 2018 and does not claim to provide a comprehensive picture of the artist, rather it is an exploration of more specific ideas. On eight tracks with strong musical identities Arrias explores the saxophone as a lone voice and sound source - and to some extent his own identity too. The recordings create an atmosphere of being alone among ruins; a desolate environment, a harsh but promising and exciting place full of memories, darkness, obscurity and opportunities. If the approach to the work came from interest in the saxophone itself, its resonance, sound, musical identity and expression, then the selection and post-processing turned out be more about Arrias’s personal identity and reflections on a diverse background which includes a grandfather from Surinam, who fled World War II, to unite with Arrias’s grandmother from Pajala, in Jönköping.

"Pour Alto Seul" is recorded at St. Jacobs church and Fylkingen, Stockholm, in Februaty 2018. Special thanks to Lars Jönsson, Lisa Ullén, Gary Graden, Jan Nygård, Stina, Hugo, Elis and Esra. All compositions, recording, editing, mix, master and layout by Johan Arrias (STIM). Cover photo by Lars Jönsson. Photo of the ruins of Äyräpää church, 1941 by Viljo Pietinen. Recorded at St. Jacob’s church and Fylkingen, Stockholm, February 12-13, 2018.


Johan Arrias is a saxophone and clarinet player active in the field of improvised, experimental and contemporary music. He works with deconstructing and fragmenting the traditional ways of playing his instrument with extended techniques and preparation, regarding sound as an autonomous matter. When composing music he moves freely from traditional to graphic notation and concepts.



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