Boomkat Product Review:
Cellist Judith Hamann yields an absorbing elegy- a haunting grip from an artist who is sought-after by everyone from CS + Kreme to Oren Ambarchi, and has seen her perform notable works by Alvin Lucier and Tashi Wada in recent years
“Drawn from breath work with the cello on the occasion of a friend's coffin decoration, 'A Coffin Spray...' arrived that afternoon like a gift almost fully formed, moving through an intuitive uncovering of intervals in a responsive unfolding. Parallel long form materials here combine into almost a composite instrument at times, alternately merging and phasing. In thinking of a mentor's adage, "just one breath in front of the other," here bow, breath, and entangled bodies of instrument/performer set in motion a sort of reiterative grounding, a leaning into material solidity or transparency of tone, following a path carved out by the sonorities of the cello: its whirring, humming and spectra; momentum and flux; moving from a grounding, into the air.
My friend Jeff died on a winter blue moon in the midst of Germany’s winter lockdown. Jeff was a freelance sound designer and artist, and like so many of us who choose this way of living (oh, the precariousness) had no financial buffering post departure. Friends are trying to raise funds to hold a proper memorial service and cover crematorium plot costs, and so as this gift from/to Jeff goes out into the world, all my bandcamp revenue will go towards this, so that we can finally gather together to send off and hold collective space for our dapper, hilarious, oh-so-dry-witted, james bond-like, plane flying, whisky (and all things good really) connoisseur, brilliant brained, generous, and much missed, trench friend.”