Map of Moods

by TRISTAN HONSINGER 5TET

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    This unusual string quartet with drummer Louis Moholo maps a wide musical terrain, effortlessly shifting from avant drone to classical folk music to jazz swing to African rhythms. It's a bravura performance that's always engaging and never expected, dizzying in the best ways.

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All compositions by Tristan Honsinger

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released March 19, 1996

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All Music Guide: 4 Stars

"Map Of Moods covers so much musical territory it’s impossible to describe the composition in its entirety. The piece is a hybrid of Eastern European folk music, late Romantic/early Modern classical music, and ‘traditional’ free music, with a host of tangible influences ranging from African rhythms to avant string droning. No matter what the terrain, Honsinger and crew play brilliantly. Rarely does one find a piece of music that is capable of supplying the quintessential ‘any time’ listen, but I think I’ve found it here. This release is easily one of my favorite of the past six months, and if the editor of this publication endorsed any form of hierarchical list categorization. Map Of Moods would certainly roost near the top."
- Opprobrium

"The Tristan Honsinger Quintet is an unusual grouping — even among modern musicians — featuring two violins, a cello, and a double bass accompanied by African percussionist Louis Moholo. This set is a single work comprised of four major movements called "areas" — after all, this is a map — and over two dozen subdivided smaller sections within the four; with two to 14 different ones in each. Here, gypsy jazz; serialism; the blues; late romanticism; modal music; and free jazz polyphony; are all given equal weight, so long as they show themselves to be worthy of note. In sum, this is a playful and profound piece of compositional genius by Honsinger, and should be sought out by anyone who has an interest in improvisational or modern European classical music."
- All Music Guide

"Mainly animated, but never overly busy, this successful merger of dance hall, concert hall, and music theatre aesthetics maintains a high level of emotive invention."
- Cadence


Tristan Honsinger Quintet
Aleksander Kolkowski: violin
Stephano Lunardi: violin
Tristan Honsinger: cello
Ernst Glerum: double bass
Louis Moholo: drums

Recorded live by Holger Scheuermann and Jost Gebers on April 27th and 29th, 1994, during the Workshop Freie Musik at the Straßenbahndepot in Berlin.

Mixed and mastered by Jonas Bergler.
Produced by Jost Gebers.


AREA 1
Themes:
Berlin
Grandfather
Jimmy the knife
Alza gli Occhi
Spade in Cerchio

AREA 2
Themes:
Table talk
Charles town 1
Charles town 2
Really
Arabia
Over the top
The man next door
Tango
Charles town 3
New 2
Kafka 1
Kafka 2
Over the top
New 1

AREA 3
Themes:
The man next door
Table talk

AREA 4
Themes:
Charles town 2
Kafka 1
Kafka 2

Booklet design/layout: Jost Gebers.
Photos: Dagmar Gebers.

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