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listen  9. Psalm Kvæn, Tutti 1:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 24, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: ECM
  • ASIN: B000MX7Y4U
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #568,967 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Skip Roads on August 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Composer/pianist Christian Wallurod keeps such a low profile, particular in the United States, that it was only by chance that I discovered the recent release of his new record. Nonetheless, "The Zoo Is Far" is, not surprisingly, superb. Devotees of Wallumrod's work will find this project seems to expand on the musical concepts and techniques first broached in "A Year From Easter" in 2005. The line up of the ensemble has changed and expanded and although it is a generally quiet record, the addition of Giovanna Pessi's harp in particular helps broaden the space of several pieces. Yet, it is the masterfully subtle trumpet playing of Arve Henriksen that once again forms the core of the ensemble's music. The nostalgic, quiet, yet heavy breathed technique employed by Henriksen draws the listener close in a way few players today do. "The Zoo Is Far" is something great to explore. The German record label ECM continues to offer fans of experimental composition and modern jazz nothing less than the contemporary canon of each genre.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David J. Ohanlon on April 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Christian Wallumrod's previous CD "A Year from Easter" was a delightfully idiosyncratic disc of largely unclassifiable music, mainly downright beautiful but with healthy doses of atonality & other mood & dynamic changes.
In this context, "The Zoo is Far" is somewhat of a disappointment as it has elements of "more of the same" (the opener "Nash Lontano" has more than just a whiff of "Arch Dance" from "Easter" about it), intellectual laziness (another version of "Arch Dance" appears as well as not one but four versions of "Psalm Kvaen", the only difference being the number of players on each) as well as excessive fragmentation (the repeated "Arch Dance" is the longest at 7" 54' & over half of the tracks are less than 2" 15') combined with what can only be described as pretentious sequencing (Fragment #6, then #2, then #7, then #3 etc - you get my drift).
Further, unfortunately "Zoo" has no real stand-out track, unlike "Stompin' at Gagarin" on "Easter".
Truth is that "Zoo" on it's own terms is not a bad album by any means (eg. it still has beautiful pieces like the opener "Nash Lontano" and "Psalm Kvaen, Solo" as well as wonderfully eccentric & quirky pieces like "Parkins Cembalo") but "Easter" is by far the more original & superior album.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Culver TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 14, 2012
Format: Audio CD
THE ZOO IS FAR, recorded in 2006, is one of several collaborations between pianist Christian Wallumrød and a somewhat usual ensemble. Here we have Arve Henriksen (trumpet), Gjermund Larsen (violin, Hardanger fiddle, viola), Tanja Orning (cello), Giovanna Pessi (Baroque harp) and Per Oddvar Johansen (drums, percussion).

With the antique instrumentation, slow rhythms and low dynamic of the 24 instrumental tracks here, it feels like we are observing some performance of classical chamber music or Nordic folk music from a distance. For the most part, this is a poignant experience and the album is quite listenable. However, there's little variety ("Fragment no. 6", with a moment of schizoid expressionism, is a rare exception) and nothing stands out. In spite of being on ECM, this is not jazz: all the music is precisely notated. So, there's not even an improvisatory element to shake things up. Christian Wallumrød doesn't really compete as a creator of through-composed works with the music in ECM New Series. While I found the THE ZOO IS FAR entertaining, it's difficult to recommend.
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