Boomkat Product Review:
Made up of percussionist Kai Angermann and cellists Insa Schirmer and Donja Djember, Inja Donja Kai is likely not a trio you’ve come across before, but chances are you’ve heard what they do. Accompanying their friend and collaborator Hauschka, they’ve appeared on a number of his recordings, but ‘Insomnie Joyeuse’ is their chance to go it alone and show their own unique charms. While the setup of two cellos and percussion might sound quite spare, the trio have a very natural understanding of the space around them. No doubt this skill comes from Kai Angermann, whose delicate percussive touch is the backbone of the album, bringing to mind the sparse yet urgent arrangements of Zelienople percussionist Mike Weis. The twin cellos seem to move like ballerinas in and out of the woodblock hits, glockenspiel and whatever else is in Angermann’s arsenal, creating a unique and totally haunting atmosphere. This is expertly realized music, and the kind of sounds you really only hear from musicians at the top of their craft – not that the three languish in virtuoso stylings, rather each sound has a point and a purpose giving the music an economy that it only rarely heard. A softly spoken but unmistakably gorgeous record, ‘Insomnie Joyeuse’ is an unexpected treat.