Ormus

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Author: John Shand
Date: 10/03/2007
Sydney Morning Herald
Section: Spectrum
Page: 13

SHOWA 44
Ormus (Kimnara)
Drifting, humming guitar reminiscent of the swirls of Fripp & Eno open and recur on this beautiful second album of improvisations from guitarist Carl Dewhurst and drummer Simon Barker. Meanwhile, Barker makes tiny sounds on a close-miked, highly amplified kit - a sonic equivalent of David Attenborough filling TV screens with the footprints of ants.
Beyond this magnification of microscopic detail, Dewhurst's guitar is, unusually, tuned to Barker's kit. Vessel has lightly plucked bass strings creating a woody sound: a sailing boat on Barker's gently rolling sea of dark drums and cymbals. The foreground of Cyclonic is filled with edgy, insistent drums and gongs heard against distant, portentous guitar. The hard-rock aesthetic of the ironically titled Tread Lightly comes as a shock, (as, initially, does the barking guitar of Event), yet it, too, has been made with finger-tapped drums, and it settles happily - if brutally - into the total trajectory.
Fusae Ikeda's cover art matches the music's wonders.

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released July 23, 2019

Carl Dewhurst - guitar
Simon Barker - drums

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Chris Townend @ BJB Studios
Artwork by Fusae Ikeda

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Carl Dewhurst Sydney, Australia

Carl is a guitarist from Sydney, Australia. He is one of the country's most highly regarded jazz and improvising guitarists. His creative interests are diverse and he can easily be heard over the course of a week effortlessly traversing jazz, blues, R&B, free jazz and improv.
Carl is a lecturer in Jazz and Improvised Music at Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
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