REVIEWS - CD "2 Souls in Seoul"
In 2006, Korean percussionist Park Je chun organized the first Seoul
Meeting Free Music festival, to which he invited Lauren Newton. They
performed together at the event in a quartet. Then, Park suggested a
duo recording session, the voice/percussion pairing being strongly suggestive
of the Korean folk opera form called "pansori."2 Souls in Seoul
is the result of that session. Park's playing (on handheld instruments,
an assortment of cymbals and small drums, but no drum kit per se) ranges
from the textural to the tribal, a scope that unleashes the widely varied
facets of Newton's vocal talent. The duo engages in 17 short improvised
pieced, locking into a ceremonial-like performance where moments of quiet,
dirge-like introspection alternate with cathartic release ("Souls
at Play") and movements of stunning telepathic beauty ("Relativity").
The way these (mostly) three-minute tunes begin and end on a dime, it
is difficult to believe that they are all entirely improvised — some
kind of direction, canvas or basic idea must have been predetermined.
In any case, these two souls are certainly synchronized. From the hastiness
of the aptly titled "Seoul Rush" to the starkness of "Souls
Lament" (a large bell echoing Newton's whisper-quiet notes), 2 Souls
in Seoul is a superb example of creative improvising between musicians
of different cultures — and of Newton's most surprising releases
of late. Strongly recommended.
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Parole che esplodono come colorati fuochi d’artificio e parole
che si spezzano, che si disintegrano in mille frammenti fluttuanti nello
spazio. Onomatopee che evocano mondi fantastici e nenie dai sapori ancestrali.
Suoni gutturali che sembrano raschiare le profondità dell’animo
umano e delicate vibrazioni delle corde vocali che creano improvvise
oasi di bucolica delicatezza. Sussurri e grida. Questa è Lauren
Newton, gran signora della sperimentazione vocale.