Boomkat Product Review:
Wholly immersive, 4 hour documentation of multifaceted German improvisor and Sun Ra affiliate Geerken with extraordinary drummer Michael Ranta, and bonus parts by Toshi Ichiyanagi and Shoko Shida covering vast ground between cosmic free jazz, alternative tuned drone, angular percussions and glorious clatter. Perhaps best to get fully inside their far-sighted visionary and untamed music, performed and recorded in Iran, India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Korea, and Japan.
“Documentary recordings of Hartmut Geerken and Michael Ranta’s November and December 1976 tour of the Middle East and East Asia. Geerken is known for his long relationship with Sun Ra (including compiling a discography), but he wears many other hats too: musician, film-maker, archivist. Ranta is a percussionist best known for his famous “Improvisation Sep.1975” collaborative record with Toshi Ichiyanagi and Takehisa Kosugi. This is a CD reissue of an LP boxset, originally released in 2010 as the last release on the now dormant Italian label Qbico. The tour started in Iran before moving east to India, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Korea, and ending in Japan. At their show in Osaka, they played together with Toshi Ichiyanagi. This edition includes the concert with Ichiyanagi, solo performances by Ichiyanagi and Shoko Shida, as well as a rare Delhi performance that was originally only included in the highly limited 6LP edition of the Qbico set. All the tracks overflow with rich multi-dimensionality, providing a glimpse of Ranta and Geerken’s depth as performers.”