||diatonic harmonica, voice
||altosax, clarinet, vocals, accordion
||clarinet, saxophones, chalumeau, voice
||percussion, drums, trombone, voice
Amy's Statement about "Edelbrand":
"Johannes Steiner is a wonderful, virtuoso Harmonika player based in Salzburg.
He invited me to join him for a new project with drummer Robert Kainar, and clarinettist
Norbert Asen and so we began to play concerts as Die Resonanz Stanonczi in the spring of 2006.
It has been a fantastic learning experience for me - to learn the exquisite songs of Hannes, and
to share the joy of improvising, and to appreciate the playful spirit that is at the center of
Die Resonanz. We have played many concerts, and are pleasantly surprised when the audiences go
wild every time! Our music crosses many borders, between the East and the West, between
Structure and Freedom, and it 'resonates' well with all the people we have played for.
This new recording is very exciting for us, it was a pleasure to work on the compositions
and arrangements and to discover that our voice as a group has synergistically evolved into
something very special. Also, it was an honour for me that Hannes asked me to play some
accordion on this CD. I wrote a few songs specially for the group, and I am very pleased
with the results. We have grown into being a wonderful family, full of love and great
communication, and you can hear it in our music."
Another good one from the
group also known as "Die Resonanz Stanonczi" after "Live at Jazzit"
on this same label. Like that one, "Edelbrand" should be warmly
welcomed by who’s familiar with this kind of projects, especially
when they involve Amy Denio (sax, clarinet, accordion), the other members
being Johannes Steiner (diatonic harmonica), Norbert Arsen (clarinet,
sax, chalumeau) and Robert Kainar (percussion, drums, trombone), everybody
also singing. One expects a liking by fans of Lars Hollmer, Bratko Bibic,
Die Knödel and others that will remain nameless, but supposedly the
picture is now clear. I’m not saying that it is a masterpiece, not
at all, yet it’s for sure one of those records that can put a couple
of smiles on the face at the right moment. You have by now guessed at
least a bit of the orientation of this music: a garden party in the
East of Europe would probably constitute a fitting description. Happiness
and cheer, with a few (very few) reflective moments and a lot (a real
lot) of composed metres and unpredictable rhythms. The tracks fluctuate
more on less on the same level: technically advanced easiness and relaxing
vibes abound, with a pair of diversions - most notably the beautiful
vocal chorale of the title track and the alien cross of Christmas carol
and Irish reel which "Hopeful Id" represents. Everything impeccably
played and sung in an unblemished, if not unforgettable release.
-- Massimo Richi, www.touchingextremes.org