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The John Dowland Seance

Matthias Loibner – hurdy-gurdy, electronics

Judith Schwarz – Drums

Helmut Jasbar – acoustic and electric guitar, electronics

Dreaming across the ages. A musical contemplation on a world irretrievably lost.

Dowland’s variations on “Lacrimae Pavane” are used as electronically alienated germ cells, sometimes representing breath, sometimes irritation. This “renaissance of empty spaces” seems archaic and raw, but also uninhibitedly present, a soundscape that inspires reflection and immersion.

In a trio with the sensitive percussionist Judith Schwarz and the hurdy-gurdy player Matthias Loibner, who has, as it were, single-handedly reinvented this instrument. “A Renaissance for an Instrument of Melancholy Magic”, writes the New York Times about Loibner.

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