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KLAUS SCHULZE & LISA GERRARD big in europe vol 2 review 2014

 

KLAUS SCHULZE & LISA GERRARD

BIG IN EUROPE VOL.2

OUT NOW - 2014

 

 

Coming from a background where rock and pop are king it’s hard to take in all that Klaus Schulze brings to the table as an avant-garde composer and musician. Over the last five decades Klaus has clocked up over 40 albums (that was ‘Live in Tokyo 2010’) and his best known works ‘Timewind’ and ‘Mirage’ were both listed in the Top 25 ambient albums of all time as recently as 2002.

 

As a performer there is a feeling that neither Klaus nor anyone else knows what is coming next, and even his most familiar compositions take on different hues with each outing. For the listener it must be incredibly rewarding in ways that I just can’t imagine.

 

This 2DVD/2CD Box Set collects the Amsterdam concert from 2009 together with part two of the ‘Moogumentary’ that started on ‘Big in Europe Vol 1’. The documentary is interesting in that Klaus give words to explain his methods of both composition and performance, and crazily they are just as you would imagine.

 

Sonically Klaus Schulze is challenging to say the least, but there is a packed hall in attendance and a large crew behind the scenes which just goes to show how ‘Big in Europe’ this composer is. Lisa Gerrard adds some wonderful colour to proceedings too with her ethereal, almost wordless vocals.

 

If ambient progressive electronic music is for you, with touches of Indian, Folk, Siren’s Song, Gregorian Chant, Dance and soundtrack elements then this could be your holy grail. The DVD itself is rather bleakly lit with lots of low light reds and blues which can be a little annoying at times.  Throughout Klaus looks contemplative and fully absorbed – a mad scientist with the look of Keifer Sutherland behind his bank of synths and in front of enough steel and control panels to give the set a spaceship becalmed feel.

 

This is not music for the unadventurous, and beware: it may just open up your eyes.  

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

KLAUS SCHULZE & LISA GERRARD big in europe vol 2 review 2014