ZSOLT SŐRÉS AHAD - AHAD'S MASTERS GARDEN III (2CD by Audio Tong/Fourth Dimension)
...The other disc is by Zsolt Sőrés Ahad, from Hungary, who recently (Vital Weekly 741) was reviewed with a disc he made for the Ronda label, together with én and Q. This new double CD is subtitled 'Ahad's Masters Garden III (2007-2009): The Harmonian Blues', and as a further subtitle 'music for film, theatre and dance'. Ahad is known from the lively improvised music scene from Hungary, and he plays many instruments, such violin, voice, guitar, tampuram modified sitar, a low-fi optical theremin, zither, percussion etc. Furthermore he gets help from various people on similar instruments. The two discs are quite apart I think. The six pieces on the first disc all seem to delve from the great goldmine of minimal music meeting rock music. Electric violins, hammering guitars and percussion, all in strict minimal tempo, but also with sound ornaments loosely improvised around it. Ahad extends his music quite a bit, with long waving guitar solos such as in 'On The Top Of The Darwin Tillite', which has a sort of Henry Flynt like character (but is perhaps a bit too long). Throughout however this rockiest improvised mood is quite nice; spacious, open, expanding in all directions and quite nice. An odd mixture of moods and influences. The other disc has just one piece, composed for the theatre performance of SHU Workshop based on Beckett's play 'Endgame', its called 'Lessness (Meeting With Godot)', and is basically one long linear piece going up. This is a much more experimental work, breaking away from anything even vaguely rock like that may or may not form parts of the first disc. Quite a thick, somewhat muddy sound here, with lots deep end bass rumble and scraping of bend violins in the basement. I must say this disc didn't do much for me. A certain amount of clarity seemed to be lacking from this piece, with not enough details. Still not bad, but top-heavy. Throughout however a fine disc. (FdW)
Gone to Croatan – Live 2007 by Ahad
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