Earlier in 2014, Micha Acher and his band The Notwist presented their album
Close to the Glass, and received rave reviews around the globe. Yet, it's not the
only album he's going to release this year -- Acher's about to introduce his latest
musical entity -- Alien Ensemble. Alien Ensemble is comprised of band-leader
Micha Acher (trumpet; Indian harmonium), who is joined by The Notwist's Karl-
Ivar Refseth (vibraphone) and Andi Haberl (drums), as well as Mathias
G_tz (trombone; harmonium), Stefan Schreiber (bass clarinet; saxophone)
Oliver Roth (alto flute) and Benni Sch_fer (bass), all of them long-time friends
and frequent collaborators of Acher's over the years. Unsurprisingly, the chemistry
of this group and how they interact is quite unique: Alien Ensemble is a group of
friends with a common goal -- they want to explore sonic territory, break new
ground, and ultimately create their own musical language. It's an all-acoustic lineup,
devoid of electronic enhancements. And even though all members have a
background in jazz, this is no classic ''jazz music'' either -- there's simply no need
to show off technical skills. Since you'll hear anything from minimal music to
Krautrock influences, from delicate brass sections to the sound of New Orleans, it's
pretty much impossible to pigeonhole Alien Ensemble's sound or slap a genre term
on it. What's more important: Micha Acher's compositions, the way he arranges
these songs and has these great musicians make them come alive, is certainly
unique in Germany's musical landscape. Always willing to think outside the box,
Alien Ensemble's music ultimately serves as a reminder that you need to get rid of
pigeonholes and stereotypes if you want to create true art.
01. Alien Circle
04. Thousand Lights District
05. The Prayer
06. Three Doors Part 5
07. Modest Farewell
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