Part of the Touchstone series
Compass is a voyage at many levels: through music and text, with images evoking the freshness of sea air and the colours of wildflowers. A voyage through polar extreme of jazz – from Chick Corea to Sun Ra, through folk song in the slipstream of Luciano Berio, through poetry of James Joyce and William Carlos Williams.
Also a journey through subtly undulating chamber music, improvised and otherwise. Through it all, Susanne Abbuehl’s cool, undemonstrative-yetstrangely- mesmeric voice is the unifying factor. She sings and speaks and whispers directly into the listener’s ear: an intimate, ‘interior’ voice, singing like thinking aloud. Recorded 2003 and 2004.
Personnel: Susanne Abbuehl (voice); Christof May (clarinet, bass clarinet); Michel Portal (clarinet); Wolfert Brederode (piano); Lucas Niggli (drums, percussion)
Bathyal / Black Is The Color… / Where Flamingos Fly / Lo Fiolaire / Sea, Sea! / Don’t Set Sail / The Twilight Turns From Amethyst / Primrose / Bright Cap And Stramers / A Call For All Demons / Children’s Song No. 1 / In The Dark Pine-wood
ECM Touchstone 6743530