The Holy Quintet
MIKROTON CD 55 | 2017
Edition of 300
PHYSICAL | CD
Johnny Chang viola
Jamie Drouin suitcase modular and radio
Dominic Lash double bass
Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga zither
David Ryan bass clarinet
The Holy Quintet is a new group in Mikroton family with only one artist, namely Johnny Chang, appearing before on Echtzeitmusik Berlin compilation in 2012.
Borough documents the singular meeting of Johnny Chang, Jamie Drouin, Dominic Lash, Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga, and David Ryan. The group was assembled by Simon Reynell for a one-off recording session at the Borough Welsh Congregational Chapel on February 15, 2013, taking advantage of Chang and Drouin simultaneously being in London for an installation and concert.
The Holy Quintet, as the artists would jokingly refer to themselves months later, is a cross section of each artist’s individual projects at that time, and shows where those varying languages overlap, as much as diverge. The result is an exciting and distinct album within each artist’s oeuvre.
Vital Weekly, Frans de Waard:
I am not sure if The Holy Quintet is an on-going concern or a one-off thing. The group consists of Johnny Chang (viola), Jamie Drouin (suitcase modular and radio), Dominic Lash (double bass), Dimitra Lazaridou-Chatzigoga (zither) and David Ryan (bass clarinet). In February 2013 they played at the Borough Welsh Congregational Chapel in London and on this CD we find two cuts from that concert. I have no idea to what extent they are cut or edited from a bigger thing, or if this 'is it'? Whatever is the case, you strike what I wrote 'usual hit, scratch and pluck' when it comes to improvised music, as this surely is something very much along those lines. These five players surely know how to do that and it is far from a 'scratch/pluck/hit' release. The main interest of these five players is to play longer sustaining sounds, especially when it comes to the input delivered by Drouin, Chang and Ryan. The other two seem a bit more limited by placing accents here and there and all five players keep each other in a very good balance. Of the two piece the second is a perhaps more traditional than the first when it comes to playing improvised music, being a bit more broken up and less revolving around longer, sustaining sounds. At times it is all very thoughtful and silent and the next moment everything starts firing up again and it keeps moving all around the place. A most rewarding release.