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Johnny Reinhard | Imagine: Quartets in 128

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Imagine: Quartets in 128

by Johnny Reinhard

I didn't believe it was even possible, but this album is proof positive that improv using higher harmonics produces incredible musical relationships, again and again.
Genre: Blues: New York Blues
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1. Gliss(T)en [for Bassoon, Viola, Fretless Guitar, Theremin] [feat. Michael Hafftka, Yonat Hafftka & Richard Carr]
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2. Southpaw (for Bassoon, Viola, 2 Fretless Guitars)
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3. Rhap(Sody) [for Bassoon, Viola, 2 Fretless Guitars]
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4. (B)lose [for Bassoon, Viola, 2 Fretless Guitars]
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5. Sunrise in Terre Haute, Nebraska (for Bassoon, Viola, 2 Fretless Guitars)
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6. Chor(D)tle [for Bassoon, Viola, Fretless Guitar, Theremin]
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7. Before First (for Bassoon, Viola, 2 Fretless Guitars)
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8. Goin' East (for Bassoon, Viola, 2 Fretless Guitars)
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9. Prairie Thoughts (for Bassoon, Viola, Fretless Guitar, Theremin)
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10. Hearth (for Bassoon, Viola, 2 Fretless Guitars)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Guess this is the easy listening of microtonal music, thanks to the user friendly riches of higher harmonics tuning and to the chemistry of the musicians playing. Honestly, it was weird to name the pieces after they were recorded in the Hafftka recording studio. We were basically stunned that this project came together so easily, and pleasurably.
This album is MAGIC to the ears. The verbal build up seems useless before the majesty of the music created. Only a single listen will persuade in these 10 straight-up improvisations. Just hang back and listen to a world music that hadn't really been part of the world. Imagine!

1. Gliss(t)en: Johnny Reinhard, Richard Carr, Michael Hafftka, Yonat Hafftka
2. Southpaw: Johnny Reinhard, Richard Carr, Michael Hafftka, Angelos Quetzalcoatl
3. Rhap(sody): Johnny Reinhard, Richard Carr, Michael Hafftka, Angelos Quetzalcoatl
4. (B)lose: Johnny Reinhard, Richard Carr, Michael Hafftka, Angelos Quetzalcoatl
5. Sunrise in Terre Haute, Nebraska: Johnny Reinhard, Richard Carr, Michael Hafftka,
Angelos Quetzalcoatl
6. Chor(d)tle: Johnny Reinhard, Richard Carr, Michael Hafftka, Yonat Hafftka
7. Before First: Johnny Reinhard, Richard Carr, Michael Hafftka, Joshua Morris
8. Goin’ East: Johnny Reinhard, Richard Carr, Michael Hafftka, Angelos Quetzalcoatl
9. Prairie Thoughts: Johnny Reinhard, Richard Carr, Michael Hafftka, Yonat Hafftka
10. Heart(h) Johnny Reinhard, Richard Carr, Michael Hafftka, Angelos Quetzalcoatl

Johnny Reinhard – bassoon
Richard Carr - viola (except for violin in Before First)
Michael Hafftka – fretless guitar, harmonica
Angelos Quetzalcoatl - 11-string fretless guitar
Yonat Hafftka – theremin
Joshua Morris – double bass


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Chris Mohr

Easy Listening Indeed!
I have heard a lot of music based on one microtonal music theory system or another. A few, like the 53-note-to-the-octave system I employ, are very easy for the ear to intuitively understand, because they are in harmony with the natural overtones. The real test of such a system is how it sounds. The music on this CD is easy on the ears, but also exciting because our ears have never heard these sweet sounds before. But it's like a first kiss, or the first time seeing The Grand Canyon: you like it immediately! Listen casually and the music flows along nicely. Listen carefully and you realize you've never heard anything like it before. To my knowledge, no one has done what Johnny Reinhard has done in creating a 128-note-to-the-octave just theoretical system. It's all overtones (no undertones anywhere), which has been very controversial with some theorists. But it's a template that is being used on this CD to create music that is incredibly alive with innovation and beauty. This is something that should be taught in schools and conservatories, because the possibilities for true creativity are endless. And if don't know a thing about the theory, you can still enjoy it as music, which is the final test of all theoretical systems anyway.
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