“Out of nowhere comes one of the highlights of the jazz year: a colorful, intense, and fearless album that showcases the extraordinary visionary composer and orchestra leader. Who the heck is this Pesonen?” Pentti Ronkanen, Keskisuomalainen (FI)
“Absolutely thrilled with this album. Highly Recommended.”
“It is heart and sensitivity that propels this large band and the six young horns in Pesonen’s collective seem as if they have more balls and recklessness than the whole Danish Radio Big Band combined.” Christian Munch-Hansen, Politiken (DK)
“The outstanding album Hum seemed after the concert, though only as a prelude when the explosive 11-piece group stretched the songs on the stage to almost double.” Harri Uusitorppa, Helsingin Sanomat (FI)
“Hum is an album that challenges the ears as often as it gives comfort, if not more. It’s a very exciting development anytime a new voice on the jazz scene puts forth an uncompromising recording of his or her vision, with a display of confidence and high musicianship. Just outstanding.” Bird is the Worm
“Hum deserves attention first and foremost for its musical virtues: works composed for the eleven person Hendectet-collective are bold and rowdy, while also being relaxed; permeated by a strong visions of their own.” Harri Uusitorppa, Helsingin Sanomat (FI)
“I cannot really get my head around Markus Pesonen’s musical universe – which makes me happy. A record to return to!”
Johan Scherwin, Lira (SE)
“”With HUM, Markus Pesonen has created a wonderful and wild work, where together with his eleven-piece orchestra he explores all kinds of sounds. There is plenty of power and punch in this music, but also liberating detours to more calmer passages.” Jakob Bækgaard, Geiger (DK)
“A record that presents a group of young super talented jazz musicians.”
“The musicians sound like they’re having a blast, and Pesonen’s compositions provide the space to improvise without leaving the reservation.” Dave Sumner, eMusic
“This album was a very positive surprise. Its multi-faceted orientation, rhythmic variations, and the controlled entity had a great performance. (…) Really worth listening!” Osku Rajala, Jazz rytmit (FI)
“Surprise of the year is Markus Pesonen with his Hendectet. Hum is this distinctive composer’s elegant and daring move.”
Markus Pesonen Hendectet is an inventive eleven-piece orchestra uniting an international group of musicians who weave their diverse musical skills into audacious patterns. Following the critically acclaimed release of Hum in 2011, the band is now releasing its second album, Padme, on the Danish label and musician-run collective Barefoot Records.
The band enlivens a vast sound terrain stretching from contrabass clarinet to piccolo and further expanded by electronics, where musicians create an electrifying spectrum of emotions and atmospheres. On a sonic journey to faraway places one gets to experience the Nordic inner landscape and an Indian traffic jam, wild sounds of the jungle and gentle bossa nova in Russian. Existing in the space between the extremities, Markus Pesonen Hendectet’s music brings a listener into acute awareness of the physical presence of sound.
A hendectet’s song enters into a spectacular chemical reaction with place and time, rejuvenating with each performance. That is, not only there’s room for improvisation, but also the process of composing continues on stage, being informed by improvisation and reacting to it. There are openings inside the compositions, which allow Pesonen as a conductor to take a lead and turn across traffic. Such twofold use of improvisation keeps up the heat of the band’s live performances.
2. Hullun Paperit
3. Sugar Rush
6. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
7. Space Race
8. A Day In The Life
Elena Setién – voice and violin
Adam Pultz Melbye – bass
Camilla Barratt-Due – accordion
Marc Lohr – drums and electronics
Otis Sandsjö – saxophones and clarinet
Martin Stender – saxophones and flute
Lars Greve – saxophones and bass clarinet
Tobias Wiklund – trumpet and flugelhorn
Petter Hängsel – trombone
Jonatan Ahlbom – tuba
Markus Pesonen – guitar, lap steel and compositions
“Hum” CD – 15€ including postage anywhere in the world
Unit records, UTR 4297
A journalist on a call scribbles notes for her story
The ink draws a man with a bag on his head.
In a sonic wind of Hum the brittle plastic shivers
It had taken his whole life to escape the noise…
Diving deep through unpaused waves towards an Oceanic pore
where the Earth spews molten rock and a Whale blows air
Two pipes of the same organ blast this ancient choral hymn.
Is this the tinnitus of our planet or Onomatopoeia?
While academics in privileged torment, ponder the galaxy’s song
Warriors dance for rain amongst the crowds drawing near
An atmosphere so charged, with foreboding, thunder rumbles
Long Lightning frays fracture the chrysalis sky…
In a monastery high on a hill, a lotus is revered
Having risen through muddy water, its flower blooms.
A monk inhales the fragrance deep in his lung
Now the breath leaves as Om Mani Padme Hum…
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