AsGuests

Universal Mind

Origin 82593

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When it comes to intensity and quality of performance, AsGuests can compete with any group in the world.
-Koen Schouten, Amsterdam

AsGuests was formed in 1997 at the Slovakian music conservatory in Bratislava as a collaboration between vibraphonist Miro Herak and pianist Michal Vanoucek. Now based in The Hague, the group evolved as the duo found a diverse collection of musicians to perform with, creating wide-ranging projects highlighting their rich musical collaborations. On Universal Mind, they add strings to their usual quartet, presenting every musician as a part of the ensemble as well as soloist, combining for a sweeping collection of original compositions.


Track Listing:

1 SUNSET BOULEVARD 8.48
2 BELBA SONG 7.36
3 ?74 PROLOGUE 1 2.06
4 GUANC 11.33
5 SOLACE CELLS 11.39
6 ?74 PROLOGUE 2 2.04
7 KOLOVR�TOK 3.04

Performers:

AsGuests is:
Miro Her�k - vibraphone
Michal Vaňouček - piano
with:
Brice Soniano - bass
Yonga Sun - drums
Jeffrey Bruinsma - violin
Oene van Geel - viola
J�rg Brinkmann - cello

Production Info:

Produced by Michal Vaňouček & Miro Her�k
Recorded & mixed by Arne Bock
at Dommelhof Cultureel Centrum, Neerpelt, Belgium
on 1 & 2 June 2010
Mixed at La Primavera, The Hague, The Netherlands
Mastered by John McCaig, panicStudios, Seattle, WA
Artist photography by Cees van de Ven
Cover design by John Bishop


Reviews of Universal Mind

Cadence (Larry Hollis)
If one had to choose a solitary word to describe Universal Mind, it would have to be "pensive." Homeported in the Hague, AsGuests was founded some fifteen years ago by vibraphonist Herak and pianist Vanoucek as a duo that eventually evolved into a quartet with a revolving cast of guest artists to augment the ensemble. Here they add a string trio to ...

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