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Del Lumanta b.1989 is an artist and musician based in Sydney, Australia. They are interested in skillshare and intersections between art and music through independent community processes. Their other music projects include: Gas, Call Compatible, Cutlery, Video Ezy (Paradise Daily), Skyline (Nice Music), Basic Human (Meat Spin) and Honey. They coordinate Double Vision, a series of free-form gigs showcasing the practice of DIY, sound and ‘other’ musicians and currently facilitate All Girl Electronic, a free electronic music production workshop program for young women, trans and non-binary youth from Western Sydney at Information and Cultural Exchange, Parramatta.
* Swells was composed and recorded while staying between Melbourne and Brisbane for almost four weeks during the winter of 2018. It was the longest period I had been away from home and I became homesick after the first week away. Between bouts of social fatigue and restlessness, I would find comfort in the lightless intimate spaces of the homes I stayed. Approaching the piece, I was interested in exploring digital/synthetic guitar sounds. Most conversations I’ve had about them are to do with how tacky they sound – are they really that bad? The first few notes were punched in at random and the piece slowly evolved by making parts that responded to and/or overpowered one another.
Extended or deep listening has always enabled me to be more attentive particularly toward difficult music and other mediums like visual art and reading. It’s nice to catch the finer details I often gloss over on first encounter.
Contemporary, yet steeped in an understanding and love of the genre, Kirchner's compositions are first rate, the covers judiciously selected, and the playing throughout is absolutely first rate. Hard to pick anyone out, but the bass clarinet is just sublime.
Stellar performances and terrific compositions. This is seriously good jazz, deeply spiritual in many ways, but with a confident, energised spring in its step.
Sure to be one of the standout jazz releases of 2018. Michael Mueller