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STAR'S END Update 05.10.09

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  • Chuck van Zyl
    Whitetree (Ludovico Einaudi and Ronald & Robert Lippok) could easily fit in amongst all the other Jazz trios in the world, were it not for their special
    Message 1 of 1 , May 6, 2009
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      Whitetree (Ludovico Einaudi and Ronald & Robert Lippok) could easily fit in amongst all the other Jazz trios in the world, were it not for their special attention to texture and atmosphere. Their CD CLOUDLAND (46'36") presents ten perfectly formed tracks of radiant chamber music. The grand piano at the center of this CD, resoundingly big and beautiful under the hands of Ludovico Einaudi, easily whispers as well the hushed tones of this work's delicate musical message. The group really gets going with building percussion riffs and deep synth basslines charging behind strident piano chords and engaging keyboard flourishes. While the pulse quickens at the rapidly passing sonic scenery, it is during the slow parts that the listener experiences the true profundity of music by Whitetree. Playing off clunking electro-rhythms or dense electronic modulations the ever-present piano says more than any synthesizer ever could in its airy, elegant delivery. Informed by artists such as Cluster, the Esbjorn Svensson Trio and other genre-bending/blending outfits, Einaudi and the Lippoks bring lyrical lead lines, digital sampling tricks, a lovely classical aesthetic and resonating piano sound together in a moving target under the cool-jazz, new age, electronica headings.

      Tune in to STAR'S END this weekend for music from trio Whitetree and their new CD CLOUDLAND

      For more on Whitetree, access: http://www.myspace.com/whitetreespace


      Soporus - Live on STAR'S END

      Soporus is a Philadelphia-based ambient drone ensemble which features guitarist and keyboardist Matthew Stone and bassist William Stichter from well-known instrumental act Saxon Shore along with guitarist Stephen Hoffman. Their live performances feature films and videos edited on the fly by additional member Michael Stichter.

      As children of the Cold War era, Soporus are heavily influenced by a lifelong fascination with the quiet power of nuclear energy - the seemingly miraculous ability to calmly harness intense reactions coupled with the lingering fear of potential disaster. Soporus continue with the nuclear power plant themes established on their debut ep, "Atòmovè Elektràrne", with their full-length "24,110".

      Soporus is scheduled to play a live in-studio radio concert on the 05.10.09 broadcast of STAR'S END. Please tune in for details

      For more on Soporus, access: http://www.soporus.com

      For details about Soporus opening for Ben Neill at The Gatherings Concert Series in Philadelphia on 16 May 2009, please access: http://www.thegatherings.org


      STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology CD

      To mark 30 years of continuous broadcast of STAR'S END, WXPN has released the STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology CD. This double CD contains over 120 minutes of live music from 12 renowned artists. The unique performances were culled from on-air in-studio radio concerts by some of our community's greatest talents. Included on the disc are previously unreleased live selections donated by: The Ministry of Inside Things, Orbital Decay, Ian Boddy, AirSculpture, Radio Massacre International, Robert Rich, Rudy Adrian, Jonn Serrie, Jeff Pearce, Saul Stokes and Steve Roach.

      The STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology CD is available for a $60 donation to WXPN, which includes membership and all of its benefits (current WXPN members can receive the STAR'S END 30th Anniversary Anthology CD for a $25 donation). Call 1-800-565-WXPN for details.

      Thanks very much for your support!


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      from 1am-6am (EDST) on:

      88.5fm WXPN Philadelphia, PA
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      Chuck van Zyl
      Host of STAR'S END Ambient Radio
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