CD + book – Etablissement Records
A journey through the icy mountains of the Georgian Greater Caucasus shared by artists from Armenia, Germany and Georgia. This is the premise of Glacier Music II, a refined version produced by Establishment Records. The release also includes a high-quality softcover book, printed in Latvia using durable paper and ink. The book brings together conversations with the artists and other material collected along the way, impressions of the landscape and the full lyrics and translations of the sung parts of the outing. The musical traditions of the places crossed are quite similar; while representing each place, they also create a delicate and complex web of connections. The stylistic inspiration is varied, supported by the decidedly multifaceted talents of the artists who participated in the project, an initiative commissioned by the local Goethe-Institut.
The exorbitant beauty of this mountainous region is reflected softly in the detailed and intimate piano interludes of Anushka Chkheidze, as well as in the stylized vocal interventions of Eto Gelashvili and the electronics of Lippok. Glacier Music II, five years after the previous release, is also an explicit testimony to the effects of climate change, with detailed and timely reflections which therefore also appear in the aforementioned book. Yet it is the sound recordings made on a glacier in Kazakistan, already reduced to a third of its original size, that raise real questions about the ongoing climate crisis. This is also underlined by the audio-video interventions of Lippok and Lilleyan and in the sound materials of the group Sounds of Mattehorn, formed by Matthias Meyer, Samuel Weber and Jan Beutel, present in some pieces. The different combinations present in the pieces, as well as the eclectic mix of contemporary sounds and traditional musical approaches, allow an engaging listening. The experience is steeped in folk veins, while still being experimental and melancholy. If artists can continue to question our perception on such issues, this is the right way to encourage dialogue and educate audiences about the decline of the planet.
Anushka Chkheidze, Eto Gelachvili, Hayk Karoyi, Lillevan, Robert Lippok – Glacier Music II