- Audio CD (October 15, 2006)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Single
- Label: Falling Mountain Music
- ASIN: B000K2QLQ0
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,106,610 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
25 years ago Oxymora released its debut recording Thundering Silence to national acclaim and enthusiastic audiences. Before anyone had heard the term "World Music", their unique and immediately identifiable signature sound was drawing on their classical training, their intuitive improvisations and their love of a world of musical traditions. Once again, Craig Matovich on oboe, piano and assorted winds, Michael DeLalla on guitars and vocals, Marcus Sims on mandolin and percussion, Jim Baird on bass and guitars, and N. Scott Robinson on a world of percussion create a magical journey so rich in texture, rhythm and sonic energy that it defies description. "Oxymora makes airy, honest music showcasing the players' classical music tidiness and their slightly unkempt enthusiasm for folk and jazz..." Downbeat "...Groups of an experimental nature proliferated during the 1960's, but none was as eclectic as today's Oxymora...this is a group to watch..." W. Royal Stokes Washington Post "...elegant, spirited, inventive, fresh music... Their work crosses boundaries, finds new textures, makes daring departures, often with startlingly fine results...Sheer acoustical fun...The innovation of this group deserves wide recognition." Bob Sherwood, Clarke Times-Courier
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The band is capable of creating many moods in a systematically varied manner that consciously takes us to a Brazilian festival (Carnival), Flamenco dance (Siguiriya), Celtic holiday celebration (Beltane Fires), or wandering bike ride (Gypsy Bicycle). Incorporating spirited rhythms and elegant textures from various cultures yields bountiful and evocative rewards. Another favorite piece is the 8-minute "Eidola," a meandering selection that conjures images of phantoms or ghosts as it weaves through improvisation before reprisal of the tune's head. The new acoustic presentation reminded me of guitarist Eric Tingstad and oboist Nancy Rumbel. And I wonder if Oxymora attributes any of their contemporary chamber-jazz inspiration to the groups, Oregon or Paul Winter Consort. With lightly dark and darkly light shades, "Thundering Silence" generates real magic for listeners. The vocal embellishments of "Carnival" and "Beltane Fires" provide a sense of dynamic stability to pieces that have a few passages bordering on harmonious discord. However, in keeping with their identity, I wonder how many of their breaks are actually highly controlled and rehearsed improvisation. Regardless of their approach to contemporary new acoustic music that incorporates ancient tones, I found "Thundering Silence" to be an accurate and enjoyable set that characterizes their future history ... or would that be historic future? (Joe Ross, Roseburg, OR.)
Interestingly, most of the material here was originally recorded in '82, before "world music" entered our vocabularies and accessible record bins. This is part of what created and defined the genre. Therapeutic and tranquil.