Recommended by us on 17th May 2012.
In May 2009, the 18-piece Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra, conducted by Berlin composer Daniel Glatzel, released their amazing first album "Take Off!" a crazy white-water rafting tour through all genres and styles imaginable, from minimalism to film scores, and from jazz to modern classical music and beyond. Clever, full of sly musical references and quotations, it couldn't be beaten for pace and wit. Or so we thought.
Now Glatzel and his orchestra are back for a second instalment that leaves us breathless with its incredible richness. "BUM BUM" is not predictable for a single second, adding darker tones and atmospheres to the orchestra's boundless musical pedigree. AMEO might be fun but they are far from easy listening. Glatzel is not fainthearted and no music is untouchable for him, Using his knowledge about modern pop, muzak, baroque composition, gamelan music and the Second Viennese School he sends both orchestra and audience on a journey through time.
This is post-ironic world-jazz. A musical cabaret, in which everything can be marvelled or laughed at, depending on perspective and context. Glatzel bombards us with an astonishing range of musical influences. As soon as we are seized by a groove, a succesion of notes, a harmony, a voice from a completely different world of sound throws us off track and the mood changes as the orchestra spirals to heady heights. Soundtracks of imaginary American gangster movies are replaced by fizzing harp-arpeggios, then by the clatter of a Big Band jazz
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