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Trynka: Przesyt

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My next interview is with Łukasz Trynka who is going to talk to us about Przesyt. 'Przesyt' is a definite contrast to the free-form improvisation which has been our stylistic locus here at Navel-Gazers... 50 minutes of densely-orchestrated avant-prog music, a recording that could easily be mistaken for the lost basement tapes of Magma or Samla Mammas Manna - this is a change of gears. There's also another ingredient in the mix here - you could call it improvisation but knowing Łukasz, we could also just call it pure mayhem - and it's all the more noticeable since the compositions, which much have been assembled carefully, seem to be ever at its mercy. I know Łukasz from the improv world, as I know many of the Navel-Gazers - and so when he shared 'Przesyt' with me I was surprised and glad to know of a fellow traveller, someone familiar with a relatively arcane and frankly unfashionable approach to music that has always interested me. Let's find out more.



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Adam Bohman: Music and Words

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My next interview is with Adam Bohman who is going to talk to us about Music and Words. This is a very unusual instalment of Navel-Gazers in that the entire interview was carried out through the post! At Adam's request, all of my questions were handwritten, with responses provided back to me on a cassette tape: perhaps the perfect medium for this discussion. Much of 'Music and Words' itself revolves around cassettes, decades-old "Talking Tapes" of Adam puttering around London's remote suburbs and narrating astutely on his encounters with the random, the incidental and the banal. There's also - as advertised - music in the mix here, instrumental sound interspersed with the narrations in ways which are totally unpredictable. I invite you to listen and read, but I can't promise you'll be able to do both at once - 'Music and Words' may have you laughing out loud, or scaling the walls...!





AC: Firstly thanks for suggesting this unusual approach. …

Lara Jones: Ensō

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My next interview is with Lara Jones who is going to talk to us about Ensō. This is a recent release which got my attention right out the gate for its unusual combination of themes. 'Ensō' is a concept drawn from Zen, while much of the album's contents seem to concern journeys along the bustling transport corridor between England and France a.k.a. the Eurostar, although I cannot say for sure. The music itself is stunning: "ambient" on the one hand, and yet I'm unable to focus on anything else while listening to 'Ensō'... the interplay between its elements - field recordings, atmospheric sound, and saxophone - is so purposeful and intense that it is almost like watching a film. So to our readers, if you've not listened to it yet, consider this a spoiler alert! Ok enough said.. let's find out more about Lara Jones and 'Ensō'.






AC: My first encounter with 'Ensō' was a memorable one. Obviously I know you're a saxophonist (your pa…