Joscho Stephan

Joscho Stephan - Live In Concert With Richard Smith (2007)  Music

Posted by robi62 at April 6, 2013
Joscho Stephan - Live In Concert With Richard Smith (2007)

Joscho Stephan - Live In Concert With Richard Smith (2007)
Video: PAL, MPEG-2 at 5 045 Kbps, 720 x 576 (1.778) at 25.000 fps | Audio: AC-3 6ch. at 448 Kbps, AC-3 2ch. at 448 Kbps, PCM 2ch. at 1 536 Kbps
Genre: Jazz, Acoustic | Label: Acoustic Music | Copy: Untouched | Release Date: 20 Dec 2007 | Runtime: 68 min. | 4,28 GB (DVD5)

The DVD captures the live feel of the concert exceptionally well and Andy displays his virtuosity with the guitar which few people are aware of.His unique voice is as good as ever though obviously in a slightly lower key for the Amen Corner stuff these days. Chris Stainton on keyboards is magnificent as is Dave Bronze on bass both ex Clapton band members. Paul Beavis is the unknown quantity here and I can tell you he is one of the most animated drummers I have ever seen. He just loves what he is doing and shows it.

Joscho Stephan Trio meets Matthias Strucken - Gypsy Vibes (2016)  Music

Posted by DjangoTiger at Aug. 11, 2016
Joscho Stephan Trio meets Matthias Strucken - Gypsy Vibes (2016)

Joscho Stephan Trio meets Matthias Strucken - Gypsy Vibes (2016)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 12 Tracks | 46:21 | 106 MB
Genre: Jazz, Gypsy Swing | Label: TimeZone

The Collaboration between Joscho Stephan (guitar) and Matthias Strucken (vibes) is influenced by the Master of „Gypsy Swing“, Django Reinhardt, and the legendary Member of the Modern Jazz Quartett, the Vibraphone Icon Milt Jackson. Is it possible to combine their styles? The answer is John Lewis Composition “Django”, a Hommage to Django by the Modern Jazz Quartet in the late 50s. “Gypsy Vibes” contains Reinhardt´s and Jackson´s favourites, but also original material by Joscho and Matthias.

Joscho Stephan - Guitar Heroes (2015)  Music

Posted by mark70 at Aug. 11, 2016
Joscho Stephan - Guitar Heroes (2015)

Joscho Stephan - Guitar Heroes (2015)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 64:10 min | 150 MB
Genre: Gyspy Jazz, Swing | Label: MGL Musik Produktion

"Joscho Stephan is well known on the international guitar scene as one of the most creative gypsy-swing players. With a powerful tone and remarkable technical skills, he has an instantly recognizable voice on his instrument. He's also not afraid to combine gypsy swing with a lot of different styles, like klezmer, pop or classical music. One of Joscho's longtime dreams has been to record an album of songs written by his guitar heroes. When he started to work on the project, he thought it would be even more fun to invite the heroes of the current guitar scene to the studio with him.

Joscho Stephan feat. Olivier Holland - Gypsy Meets Jazz (2010)  Music

Posted by DjangoTiger at Feb. 14, 2014
Joscho Stephan feat. Olivier Holland - Gypsy Meets Jazz (2010)

Joscho Stephan feat. Olivier Holland - Gypsy Meets Jazz (2010)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 12 Tracks | 45:55 | 103,29 MB
Genre: Jazz, Swing, Gypsy Swing | Label: Acoustic Music

Together they create a fascinating musical kaleidoscope with compositions by the two string virtuosos themselves and refreshingly interpreted classics by Bireli Lagrène and Charlie Parker, Chick Corea and Django Reinhardt. "Gypsy Meets Jazz" shows two brilliant trailblazers engaging in an extremely creative and highly entertaining excursion that enriches both genres in a fascinating manner…

Stephan Micus - Desert Poems (2001) [Re-Up]  Music

Posted by Designol at July 11, 2017
Stephan Micus - Desert Poems (2001) [Re-Up]

Stephan Micus - Desert Poems (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 217 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 125 Mb | Scans included
World Fusion, Neo-Classical | Label: ECM | # ECM 1757, 159 739-2 | 00:47:23

Desert Poems both consolidates and expands Stephan Micus's solo quest to fashion a music of archetypal, world-ranging import: music–often modal in nature–which would be both as old as the proverbial hills, yet as fresh as tomorrow. If you've followed this multi-instrumentalist's musical odyssey of the past 30-or-so years (this is something like his 15th solo project) you probably won't need any encouragement to buy an album that finds Micus's mastery of such instruments as the sarangi, nay, shakahuchi, steel drum and humble flower pot enhanced by a range of solo and polyphonic vocals. His pan-global sources are filtered to create a somewhat sombre, strongly devotional sense of the deeper rhythms of life to which music may awaken us. Apart from the vocalising on pieces like "Contessa Entellina", standout tracks include the solo shakuhachi feature "First Snow" and an instrumental reworking of "Shen Khar Venakhi", a masterpiece of old Georgian polyphony.

Stephan Micus - Darkness And Light (1990)  Music

Posted by Designol at June 15, 2017
Stephan Micus - Darkness And Light (1990)

Stephan Micus - Darkness And Light (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 245 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 126 Mb | Scans included | 00:53:31
Neo-Classical, Minimalism, Ethnic Fusion, Jazz | Label: ECM | # ECM 1427, 847 272-2

German multi-instrumentalist Stephan Micus was making his own rather idiosyncratic version of world music years before it became fashionable to do so. Micus specializes in taking ethnic instruments from all over the planet and using them, in ways that transcend their traditional contexts, to play his own moody and somewhat austere compositions. On Darkness and Light Micus makes extensive use of the dilruba, a four-stringed bowed Indian instrument that sounds somewhat like a nasal cello which has 24 sympathetic strings that set up a hypnotic drone effect behind the haunting melodies. Also featured are the classical Spanish guitar, the Balinese suling flute, an Irish tin whistle, the sho (a Japanese bamboo mouth-organ), the kortholt (a German renaissance reed instrument), various gongs, and the remarkable ki un ki, a six-foot-long Siberian cane trumpet (pictured on the cover), whose spirited blasts are created by inhaling rather than exhaling.

Stephan Micus - On The Wing (2006)  Music

Posted by Designol at May 4, 2017
Stephan Micus - On The Wing (2006)

Stephan Micus - On The Wing (2006)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 244 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 126 Mb | Scans included
Ethnic Fusion, Experimental, Folk Jazz | Label: ECM | # ECM 1987, 985 4516 | 00:49:16

Stephan Micus' folk soundworld investigations have taken him all over the globe. He is a disciplined student of every musical instrument he encounters, and understands how to get what he needs out of them without comprising either the instrument's original purpose or history, or his own vision, and he lets the instruments (sometimes in strange combinations) speak for themselves from his inner well of inspiration and nearly egoless expression. For those interested in poetry, Micus does in his world of music what poet and translator Jerome Rothenberg (who has compiled countless important anthologies of poetic traditions from all over the modern and ancient world) does for the written and oral tradition in poetry: represents it for what it is and allows the reader/listener to experience it for themselves. The stark beauty of On the Wing is expressed by Micus using Middle Eastern and Asian instruments, from the Iraqi mudbedsh (a single reed instrument made from cane) to the long-necked and bowed Turkish sattar and the Egyptian nay.

Stephan Micus - East Of The Night (1985)  Music

Posted by Designol at March 31, 2017
Stephan Micus - East Of The Night (1985)

Stephan Micus - East Of The Night (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 141 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 115 Mb | Scans included | 00:47:32
Ethnic Fusion, Neo-Classical, Minimal, New Age | Label: Japo/ECM | # JAPO 60 041, 825 655-2

East Of The Night, released in 1985, is one of Micus’s most melodic albums. Its two long tracks epitomize, ever so humbly, the dictum of less is more. The title piece, a conversation for 10-string guitar (an instrument of his own design) and shakuhachi, feels like a dialogue between master and disciple. Micus’s guitar combines the reediness of a lute with the subtle ferocity of a koto, making it a natural partner to the shakuhachi’s dawning breath. Each pluck of a string works the upholstery of the sky until a surface of untreated wood is revealed behind it. Details of handiwork once obscured by finery and ornament now become naked art. With the softness of a windblown curtain, the plectrum moves from foreground to background before the shakuhachi takes on a Milky Way texture in a suite of thrumming stardust. The flute fragments, multiplies, and ends the set’s first half on a congregational sigh.

Stephan Micus - Listen To The Rain (1983)  Music

Posted by Designol at March 28, 2017
Stephan Micus - Listen To The Rain (1983)

Stephan Micus - Listen To The Rain (1983)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 195 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 107 Mb | Scans included | 00:43:24
Ethnic Fusion, Neo-Classical, Minimal, New Age | Label: Japo/ECM | # JAPO 60040, 815 614-2

If Micus’s saga were an ongoing raga, then 1983’s Listen to the Rain would be one of its most inward-looking prayers. All four meditations that make up the album, while externally distinct, are internally connected through Micus’s use of guitar. The Spanish variety plays a particularly active role throughout, with the sole exception of “Dancing with the Morning,” for which he pairs the ubiquitous steel-stringed with the suling, a bamboo flute often heard in gamelan ensembles of southeast Asia. Knowledgeable listeners will recognize both the rarity of the backpacker’s trusty companion in the Micus canon and its elemental necessity in this setting. The ascetic sheen of its metal strings paints a world of shine to which a human presence adds less manufactured colors. The suling’s unclipped wings, by extension, are exhaled into the sky above, circling and darting through the surrounding melodies until they take shape under cover of their own imagination.

Stephan Micus - Till The End Of Time (1978)  Music

Posted by Designol at March 26, 2017
Stephan Micus - Till The End Of Time (1978)

Stephan Micus - Till The End Of Time (1978)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 178 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 96 Mb | Scans included | 00:35:53
Neo-Classical, Minimal, Ethnic Fusion, New Age | Label: Japo/ECM | # JAPO 60026, 513 786-2

Before migrating across the ECM continent, Stephan Micus outfitted some of his most formative expeditions in the territories of the JAPO sub-label. On these albums one hears Micus at his most elemental, turning every gesture into inter-spatial awareness. The album’s duration of 36 minutes only serves to deepen its intimacy as a space in which the listener might catch a cushion of meditation in a world of splinters. Micus’s practice has always been to render the stem before the flower, and in the album’s title track a table harp provides that very illustrative function. Its dulcimer-like heart beats a rhythm at once ancient and fresh, curling as the scriptural page, its edges darkened from constant contact with the hands. Those same hands cradle a method of speech so musical that its melody is discernible only in the freedom of solitude.