The term Tumbuk in gamelan music refers to a common tone which occurs in two differently tuned gamelan scales. Figuratively speaking, it is a point at which different realities meet and mix, a musical linchpin. For me, this is a beautiful metaphor for this ensemble, in which my interest in the sound worlds of Indonesian music with its microtonality, scales, timbres and sound effects coincides with the musical understanding of a jazz band.
released September 25, 2020
Andreas Tschopp: Trombone
Matthias Spillmann: Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Bernhard Bamert: Trombone
Ronny Graupe: Guitar
Lionel Friedli: Drums
All music by Andreas Tschopp
"Delem Tari" based on a Wayang Kulit performance by I Wayan Wija
Recorded July 18-20, 2019 by Matthias Wenger at Powerplay Studio Maur, Switzerland
Mixed by Matthias Wenger
Mastered by André Pousaz
Cover Illustration by TEMPA, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Artwork by Salzmann Gertsch, Bern, Switzerland
Released on Enja / Yellowbird Records, Munich, Germany
What a host of talent from the U.K. The intense power projected in the diverse sound on this album is palpable, frittering between Soca, swing Jazz and attitude. Theon’s solos draw you even deeper into the music, scatting intensely through the deep bass register of brass with occasional distortion! Bring it on brother, I can’t wait for the next instalment.