Never before released, professional, high quality live recordings from the band's German tour of Spring, 1983! This features (often radically rearranged) versions of tracks from No Make Up and Zamlaranama, as well as other oddities & a Samlas track too!
Challenging yet still filled to the brim with toe-tapping melodies and great playing, this sounds as fresh now as when it was originally recorded.
"1983 is an impressive album of previously unavailable, professional live recordings (the sound is as good as a studio recording) of Von Zamla's 1983 spring tour, which the band regards as among some of their most successful performances. This is the first time any Von Zamla works have been released in the U.S., and it's an especially timely reissue given the increasing crossover between orchestral modern composition and rock (the Rachel's and Godspeed You Black Emperor! being the most then-recent examples; Frank Zappa being an earlier and, for Von Zamla, a clearly influential one).
Von Zamla's instruments and compositions take them several steps further away from rock than, say, Soft Machine, yet they still manage to keep one foot in it through the treatment and mood of the pieces. In "Forgeetyde," they crank out an industrial electronic counterrhythm while rock guitar and bassoon weave a melody through. Just when the dissonance starts to get heavy, a light, airy tune appears and waltzes through with a Danny Elfman sort of carnival flair. The band turns dark on "Doppler" and builds a large, dramatic overture, then follows it with "Akarondo," a piece that opens with pygmy-influenced vocal rounds and handclaps.
Fans of eclectic modern composition and dramatic prog bands along the King Crimson lines will certainly wish they had known of Von Zamla when the band was still around." – Joslyn Lane / AllMusic
released September 22, 1999
Michel Berckmans Bassoon, Oboe
Eino Haapala Guitar
Lars Hollmer Piano, Organ, Korg, Accordion Hans Loelv Piano, Organ, Korg, Melodica Wolfgang Salomon Bass
Mårten Tiselius Drums
This record is the result of a collaboration between Krax/Chance Productions, Cuneiform Records, and Radio Bremen. The music comes from two live concerts in Germany, which took place in Bremen on March 8th and in Hildesheim on March 10th in 1983. The Bremen concert was recorded and broadcast by Radio Bremen. It was engineered at Radio Bremen by Dietram Köster, with sound assistance by Eva Malmquist and Jürgen Kuntze. Chief engineer was Renate Wolters and the producers were Peter Schulze and Volker Steppat. The Hildesheim concert was recorded by ourselves on a multitrack recorder we had brought along on tour. Both concerts were edited and mixed by Lars Hollmer, with the assistance of Wolfgang Salomon, in the Chickenhouse during November ‘98 and January ‘99. The final mix was mastered by Andreas Balaskas together with Hollmer and Salomon in Würzburg, Germany in February ‘99. Live mix and sound for all the concerts was by Eric Faes, who had also engineered the Hildesheim tape.
This joint project created by keyboardist Camille Petit and drummer Xavier Gélard is several things at the same time: Chamber music, jazz, RIO, zeuhl, avantgarde, post-prog, post-minimalism... maybe even more. And it's magnificent! If you like this music and bought all "Ghost Rhythm" albums already, you might want to go on with "The Lady With" - a related top-notch music pleasure with Camille Petit at the helm. Sven B. Schreiber
This is one of those rare albums that makes me teeter between the emotions of grinning maniacally as if I know something you don’t know and then being unwillingly thrust into an angry, contemplative existential crisis where I know that I know absolutely nothing. It’s elaborately delightful. fertilemyrtle