Brilliantly masterful percussion Julian Gerstin – LITTORAL ZONE: I’ll admit it – I had to look it up to find out that “littoral” means “relating to or situated on the shore of the sea or a lake“… and then, percussionist Julian’s album title makes perfect sense, since it’s dedicated to mollusks (snails, slugs, mussels, and octopuses)… though there aren’t live videos from the new album (released on 15 October, 2020), you can get a solid feel for his percussion and performance skills on this nice little clip…
…since you’re on YouTube already, be sure you SUBSCRIBE to Julian’s channel… lots more creativity to witness there (hopefully there will soon be some LIVE clips from the new album there, too).
Who you’ll hear… Julian Gerstin: percussion, vocals, berimbau, ocarina, whistles, Anna Patton: clarinet on “Corculum cardissa” and Steve Rice: marimba on “Purpura,”, “Grimpotheusis,” “Argonauta argo”… the players are totally attuned to each other, especially on tunes like the 4:06 “Corculum cardissa” (I’ll add samples when I’m told they’ve gone hot)… I predict that late-night DJ’s of all different stripes will be plugging this tune into their playlists on a regular basis!
You’ll literally “feel” the power of the snail crawling towards the horizon on the intricate and sensitive “Janthina janthina”… beautifully executed cymbal work on this beautiful and calming song.
I was impressed with all seventeen songs, but my personal favorite turned out to be “Crepidula fornicata” (look it up, it doesn’t mean what you might think it does, lol)… Julian’s percussion soars with the rhythms of life… I just LOVED this piece!
I give Julian and his players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99 for this excellent album. Get more information on Julian’s page as it becomes available. Rotcod Zzaj
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