Agnes Hvizdalek - Index (CD Nakama)

 

Hwizdalek appears to be a mainstay of the current Norwegian improvisation circuit, having appeared on a few discs Iíve heard during the past year or two, mostly from the groups Juxtaposition or Nakama. Using her voice, she evokes primal sounds ranging from unadulterated screeching and howling to more tempered cadences bursting from the same fissure Yoko Ono and Jaap Blonk. Thereís no denying the intensity and range at work here, but at almost 50 minutes in length and with no other instruments with which to bounce off, this album is not for the faint-hearted. Iím all for music and sounds which might test anybodyís mantle, but Index sets a new limit. RJ

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