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Daniele Montagner (Ensemble Voyagers) – Kaos : Experimental Ritual World Music

You should be open to experimental world music in order to endure this song -let alone truly enjoy it. If acts like the experimental fusion group Goat from Sweden excite you, then you have to keep reading.

The song that we will be putting under our microscope today is “Kaos” and there’s quite a lot going on. During its first seconds the song brings to mind a shamanistic ritual; shortly after we can hear a tambourine and a drum kit, both playing simultaneously yet on different tempos. Although slightly disharmonic, this does not create any confusion, while in various points female ethereal vocals alternate with ritualistic chanting; the percussion will not stop until the end of the song. It ends with a dramatic finale.

Interesting sound, blending sounds that although the average urban listener might not be too familiar with, it will be a pleasant listen for the curious listener. If you’re intrigued enough to visit Daniele Montagner Facebook page, you will see that a photo of three roosters adorns his header photo, which I find perfectly aligned to the weirdness of his music.

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Review by Nektarios Oikonomakis


Ensemble Voyagers – El Cant dels Ocells: The Cinematically Medieval Composition Taking Christmas Music Back to Its Roots

We all have pretty fixed ideas about what Christmas music should be about, yet, Ensemble Voyagers’ latest release “El Cant dels Ocells” (translation: the Song of the Birds) has taken it right back to the origins of tradition. The end result? A hauntingly atmospheric offering of traditional music which won’t fail to captivate you through the mesmeric vocals which accompany the acoustic instrumentals through the tentative yet cinematic progression. El Cant dels Ocells is both a traditional Catalan Christmas song and a lullaby which celebrates the birth of Jesus. So, whilst it’s slightly more pious than your average Christmas single, it’s infinitely more authentic.

You’ll have to wait a little bit longer to check out El Cant dels Ocells, but in the meantime, why not head over to Spotify and check out some of their earlier medievally inspired, contemporarily reinvented soundscapes?

You can keep up to date with all the latest news of the Italian artist’s release via Facebook.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Daniele Montagner (Ensemble Voyagers) – Chanson Balladée: Archaically Arresting Folk

Daniele Montagner and her collective of sensationally archaic, classically styled musicians who make up Ensemble Voyagers have created yet another stunning masterpiece with their reinvention of Chanson Balladée.

With more folky elements to the compositions we’ve heard from Daniele Montagner previously there was much more of a quaint accessibility to the sound of Chanson Balladée. The instrumentals audibly dance through the melody to the light notes of the flute which lead the way through the rhythmically arresting composition which was originally scored by Luciani, Antonio Riccardo. Whilst medieval music won’t be on the playlists of many of the music buying population the alchemy which it offers comes in the form of unique waves of catharsis. The simplicity of raw acoustic sound arranged with such complexity is definitely worth three minutes of your millennial time.

You can listen to Chanson Balladée which was released on September 10th, 2018 for yourselves by heading over to YouTube now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Daniele Montagner (Ensemble Voyagers) – Asadoya Yunta: A Classical Reinvention of Okinawa

For a taste of Eastern Asia reinvented by classically inspired world-class artists, there really aren’t too many places to turn. Thankfully Daniele Montagner with her open collective of artists who all enjoy paying an ode to the roots of music and infusing their sound with contemporary tonality has created the perfect composition with Asadoya Yunta.

Shinobu Kikuchi’s operatic vocals match the rhythmically compelling, fluidly seamless composition to the light notes which make up the melody for one of the most authentic, yet simultaneously pioneering offerings of traditional Okinawa Japanese music.

It’s pieces like this which truly open your senses, whilst the world is intent on believing the Beatles made music what it is today there are gripping compositions such as these which really take the soundscapes we devour today back to its most ancestral roots.

You can listen to Ensemble Voyagers piece Asadoya Yunta, which was released August 9th for yourself by heading over to SoundCloud now.

Review by Amelia Vandergast


Daniele Montagner (Ensemble Voyagers) – De gli occhi de la mia donna si move: Globally-Inspired Classical

‘De gli occhi de la mia donna si move’ is a recent composition from Ensemble Vogers; an open ensemble created by Daniele Montagner which explores the musical roots of Western Civilations. With piercingly ethereal vocals from Aki Osada the piece unravels around the swiftly compelling progression of flute, lute, harmonium and drums. The strength in the vocals hits you at the same time as the transient plucking and thudding of the instruments for an unadulteratedly pure aural experience. Whilst Neo-Classical is finally starting to break waves in the UK, there is little which can compare to the Medievally inspired piece which blends a myriad of cultures both archaic and cotemporary together to produce a compellingly cinematic sound to represent the evolution of music.

You can listen to Daniele Montagner – Ensemble Voyagers composition De gli occhi de la mia donna si move for yourselves by heading over to SoundCloud.

Review by Amelia Vandergast