BAGHDASSARIANS / BALTSCHUN / SCHERZBERG / THEIN
Ilinx

[FMP, www.fmp-label.de]

At a time when the masses are dropping their first-choice instruments and trading them for laptops, the German quartet Ilinx is treading that same path, but only mid-way. Two of its members - guitarist Serge Baghdassarians and sample-magician Boris Baltschun - are converted over to the electronics medium, while alto saxophonist Lars Scherzberg and percussionist Jacob Thein are playing their first chosen instruments. From micro-tonal, through to extended techniques, the band rambles on for the first few minutes. It's only later on that they hit their stride. Problem is the ten pieces on the CD come from three separate live dates. Consistency appears to be broken. Even so, the music is played with a particular edge and wild abandon. Scherzberg is especially keen on dispersing a wad of delicately subdued breaths, while Thein delivers substantial amounts of trickling percussion in the vein of Tony Oxley. Electronics aspect is obviously heavy. Heaps of scrapes, hums and ticks escape from Baltschun's sampler. Meanwhile, Baghdassarians wraps up the sound in a concoction of warped metallic metaphors and luxuriously scraping bleeps. To make sense out of this all is next to impossible. One can only drown in the sea of four musicians who do nothing but constantly push the envelope of free improvisation down a path of self discovery. Here's hoping Ilinx will have further documents of this sort pop up in the future.

Tom Sekowski


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