The ever-evolving TONUS ensemble returns with a new release in it’s latest iteration. Recorded at London’s Hackney Road Studios, the ensemble includes Benedict Taylor (viola), Martina Verhoeven (piano), Dirk Serries (accordion and acoustic guitar), and Graham Dunning (snare drum and objects). The material on the album is a mixture of graphic score compositions and improvisations.
Ear Duration is available now on CD and download from New Wave of Jazz.
“It’s not jazz, it’s not classical, instead it’s a conversation between players speaking in the voice of their chosen instruments, and they are verbose, to say the least. This is not straight out chaotic noise, au contraire, but there’s plenty of agitation and there is pause. And while the most minute sounds register in the vanta black void at times, these rests offer a contained sense in the power of being off script.. A stunning piece.” – Toneshift (full review)
“It is a great release, one that is best enjoyed in complete solitude, fully concentrating on the sparseness of it all.” – Vital Weekly
Review by We Need No Swords
Review by Opduvel (in Dutch)
Line-up: Graham Dunning – snaredrum, objects, Dirk Serries – accordeon, acoustic guitar, Benedict Taylor – viola, Martina Verhoeven – piano, Colin Webster – flute, alto sax
Limited edition ‘harsh noise’ solo saxophone cassette available now on Raw Tonk Records.
This month I am working on a run of shows plus a double CD release with Dirk Serries’ minimalist chamber group TONUS.
TONUS as an ensemble grew out of Dirk Serries’ jazzcase residency in 2017 that
brought together a sextet to work around a slow piano motif by Martina Verhoeven. The literal translation of Tonus is muscle strength, but in this context defines a musical system that places equal importance on the space between notes. Both definitions apply here as the music is an exercise in discipline and anticipation while controlling the clarity, sustain and effect of each single note played. TONUS is a shifting ensemble which explores and performs these exercises, as well as a general classification for Dirk’s ongoing study in minimalism and free improvisation.
TONUS tour dates:
12th Oct – Pletterij, Haarlem, NL
13th Oct – De Singer, Rijkevorsel, B
14th Oct – AB Salon, Brussels, B
27th Oct – Cafe OTO, London, UK
TONUS ‘Intermediate Obscurities I + IV is available from New Wave of Jazz
Review by Badd Press
Review by Spontaneous Music Tribune (in Polish)
Review by Brian Olewnick
Review by Toneshift